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    WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

    "The biggest news surrounding the New York Giants this off-season to this point has been
    the cutting of running back Brandon Jacobs after seven seasons and two Super
    Bowl wins with the team. The two sides were unable to reach a restructuring
    agreement on his contract, and regretfully said goodbye – opening up a spot in
    the Giants backfield going into next season.



    Behind Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware is a solid backup running back who does
    several things well but nothing great, and seventh round pick Da'RelScott out
    of Maryland rarely saw the field last season but has the speed to really be a
    big play threat if he can develop the patience to be a successful runner at the
    NFL level. GM
    Jerry Reese said he hoped Scott could become a "Willie Parker-type" runner for
    Big Blue after drafting him last year.




    Now looking at the facts, one thing is clear – the Giants were not nearly the
    running team they wanted to be last season. They had the worst yards per carry
    average in the entire NFL during the regular season at 3.5 yards, putting them
    at the bottom of the seven teams that did not reach 4 yards a carry during the
    2011 season. That average did rise to 4.2 yards per during the postseason, but
    the Giants know that with Jacobs no longer part of the team and an inconsistent
    and injury-riddled offensive line that will likely be saying goodbye to right
    tackle Kareem McKenzie, the team has some work to do offensively this
    off-season.




    Jerry Reese is the type of General Manager that really leaves no stone
    unturned – which is why the Giants have been so successful under his tenure. The
    team builds through the draft, but with free agency on the immediate horizon,
    today we look at some of the FA period possibilities for this Giants football
    team to address the running game. Which players could potentially be a fit with
    this Giants offense?




    RUNNING BACK




    Mike
    Tolbert
    –
    26 Years Old, SD Chargers




    This is a guy who can bring a couple of dimensions to this Giants offense
    that they could certainly use coming out of the backfield. A utility back in
    every sense of the word, Tolbert is a powerful between the tackles runner that
    can fit right into the Giants physical approach to the running game. Most
    appealing is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield – something this
    Giants offense has not consistently had from it's running backs in quite some
    time. Tolbert has also gone on record saying that the Giants are on his list of
    teams that could be a "good fit" for him. The big question here will be the
    price.




    Michael Bush - 27 Years Old, OAK Raiders




    Another powerful runner with the ability to really wear defenses down with
    his physical style of running. Bush had some huge games for Oakland in November
    last year, and also flashed some ability as a pass catcher with Darren McFadden
    down with injury much of the season. He may get a look as a starter somewhere
    however, and that would be a mistake – as Bush just hasn't shown himself capable
    of sustaining a high level of production in that role due to his physical
    approach to the game. In a tandem with Bradshaw, seeing about 12-14 touches a
    game however, Bush could be a very nice complementary piece to this
    offense.




    Justin Forsett- 26 Years Old, SEA Seahawks




    He's a very dynamic, threatening player in space who can do a lot of damage
    on the outside runs and delayed handoff. Forsett also brings value in his
    ability to be a big play threat as a return man. A 10 touch a game guy who can
    bring a new element to this Giants football team. That being said, the Giants front office
    may feel there are guys in the draft who can bring playmaking ability to the
    backfield and return game in the mid to late rounds of the draft at a cheaper
    price.




    LaDainianTomlinson - 32 Years Old, NY Jets




    I know he's old in running back years, I know NFL teams are moving towards a committee youth movement
    in their backfields – but Tomlinson does have some value. He's still a very
    solid at blitz pickup and the blocking game (something the Giants will miss with
    Brandon Jacobs' departure), and he's still one of the better route running and
    pass catching running backs in the league on third down. He will come at a cheap
    price, and if the Giants feel he has anything left in the tank – he just may get
    a look.




    OFFENSIVE LINE




    G Carl Nicks - 27 Years Old, NO Saints




    Now don't go getting your hopes up – let's make one thing very clear: Carl
    Nicks is going to demand a LOT of money on the open market, and the Giants
    aren't a team in position to spend a lot of money this off-season. This is
    arguably the best interior offensive lineman in the game. With that said, the
    one place the Giants have shown themselves to be very willing to spend money is
    along the front lines on both sides of the football. A Nicks-Snee tandem at the guard positions
    would very quickly go a very long way in solving the Giants problems in running
    the football
    consistency. Unlikely? Yes. Impossible? Don't be surprised if you hear about the
    Giants kicking the tires and asking about the price tag.




    G Ben Grubbs - 28 Years Old, BAL Ravens




    Certainly a more realistic possibility than Nicks, Grubbs has been a very
    good run blocker for the Baltimore Ravens and has an impressive combination of
    strength, power, and athleticism in the interior. I would be shocked if Grubbs
    isn't on the radar for the Giants, as he profiles as a very good fit for a team
    looking for immediate improvement to the power running game.




    T Geoff Schwartz - 25 Years Old, CAR Panthers




    Young, versatile, underrated, and a potential bargain. Sounds like a New York
    Giants type free agent signing to me. Schwartz missed the 2011 season with a hip
    injury, but had a very impressive 2010 campaign and has two very valuable assets
    – versatility, and a lot of very good pass blocking skills. Eli Manning is in
    the prime of his career, and there's nothing more important than protecting your
    franchise quarterback. With all the question marks along the offensive line,
    Geoff Schwartz could be a prime target for the G-Men this March. "



    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

    As awesome as it would be to have Tolbert or Bush, I don't see either one happening. I don't think they have the cap space.

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      Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

      [quote user="NY_Eli"]As awesome as it would be to have Tolbert or Bush, I don't see either one happening. I don't think they have the cap space.[/quote]

      I'm waiting to see if being the current World Champion has any effect on potential free agents who might consider back loading their contracts.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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        Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?



        [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="NY_Eli"]As awesome as it would be to have Tolbert or Bush, I don't see either one happening. I don't think they have the cap space.[/quote]

        I'm waiting to see if being the current World Champion has any effect on potential free agents who might consider back loading their contracts.
        [/quote]Not so fast Ro...I don't think we have to get crazy here. There still some moves we can make to clear some cap space...we are at +2.3 mil...signing Weatherford to a long term deal could save us anywhere from 1.3 - 1.8 mil depending on how they settle it ultimately...at max that puts us at 4.1 mil...cutting canty saves us 6 mil = $10+ mil of cap room. This gets alot done for us in the way of signing our key UFAs and bringing in key talent. Marvin Austin will allow us to forget Canty, as long as he stays healthy. It would also guarrantee we take a DT in the draft within the first three rounds.




        We have to look at the big picture...with just the moves I mentioned above we can make some very nice improvements! Backloading too much almost certainly guarrantees us to lose either or any combination of Nicks, Cruz, Osi, Kiwi, Phillips, Webster, Tuck and JPP further down the roadand so on...we need to have some of these key guys remain long term as quality veterans. No need to jump off a bridge....If we did not make the push at the end of the 2011 season and on through the post-season, I might agree with you, but we beat the best with what we have...I believe a slight improvement in personel as it is will go a long way in years of good Giants football.

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        • #5
          Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

          If we don't get Tolbert or Bush (which I doubt we get Bush, but Tolbet we have a shot) I wouldn't mind Forsett at all

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          • #6
            Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?


            The running game should open up this year without making any real moves for a back.

            the new found "Fear Factor" That Eli now brings to the table has changed the philosophy about how to defend the Giants which is why the run game improved in the playoffs.

            Teams are now prioritizing stoping Eli over the run game.

            If we're smart we basically stand pat. Maybe Da Real Scott will bust a grape.
            My 5 year old son right before the kickoff of the Super Bowl 46: Dad, are the Giants gonna win?

            Burier: Yes.

            My 5 year old son right before the kickoff of Super Bowl 46: Do you promise?

            Burier: Yes. I promise.

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            • #7
              Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

              [quote user="burier"]The running game should open up this year without making any real moves for a back.

              the new found "Fear Factor" That Eli now brings to the table has changed the philosophy about how to defend the Giants which is why the run game improved in the playoffs.

              Teams are now prioritizing stoping Eli over the run game.

              If we're smart we basically stand pat. Maybe Da Real Scott will bust a grape.[/quote]


              Stand pat with Bradshaw, Ware/brown, and scott?

              Really?

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                Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

                WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?
                I hope not.
                "You killed my family, and I don't like that kind of thing."

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                  Re: WILL THE GIANTS LOOK TO FREE AGENCY TO ADDRESS THE RUNNING GAME?

                  [quote user="MikeIsaGiant"][quote user="burier"]The running game should open up this year without making any real moves for a back.

                  the new found "Fear Factor" That Eli now brings to the table has changed the philosophy about how to defend the Giants which is why the run game improved in the playoffs.

                  Teams are now prioritizing stoping Eli over the run game.

                  If we're smart we basically stand pat. Maybe Da Real Scott will bust a grape.[/quote]


                  Stand pat with Bradshaw, Ware/brown, and scott?

                  Really?
                  [/quote]

                  Ware and Brown I don't care for.

                  But if we can get someone late in the draft to go along with Bradshaw and Scott I think we're good to go.
                  My 5 year old son right before the kickoff of the Super Bowl 46: Dad, are the Giants gonna win?

                  Burier: Yes.

                  My 5 year old son right before the kickoff of Super Bowl 46: Do you promise?

                  Burier: Yes. I promise.

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