WHAT ELEMENTS DO DAVID WILSON AND RUEBEN RANDLE BRING TO THE GIANTS?
"The New York
Giants added two new weapons to their offensive attack in the first two
rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft in
running back David
Wilson of Virginia Tech and wide receiver Rueben
Randle of LSU. The two will help offset the losses of Mario
Manningham and Brandon
Jacobs to free agency, but also represent a change in both the Giants
passing offense and running game.
Today on Giants 101, we look at the elements Eli Manning's newest weapons
bring to the Giants attack.
Randle vs WR Mario
Randle and Mario
Manningham do share a common trait in their crafty route running, Randle is
a very different receiver than Manningham and brings a different skill set to
the table for the G-Men. Nicks and Cruz are the clear number one and number two
receiving options for Manning and the New York passing game, but Randle is likely to step in
and take over Manningham's role as the number three option on the outside (Cruz
will likely remain in the slot on the majority of the snaps, where he is at his
Manningham was a real vertical threat on the outside who was at his best
working the sideline and taking advantage of one on one opportunities over the
top. He's elusive and has very good stop and start moves in the open field to
create extra yardage in space, but wasn't a guy who was going to run through
tacklers or create much after initial contact.
Randle is more in the mold of an Anquan Boldin or Hakeem Nicks(although
Nicks is a more explosive athlete and puts more pressure on defenses vertically
in addition to his physical play over the middle and underneath), and brings a
bigger target to the table for Manning. He's a tall, long athlete who will be a
big threat in the red zone with his size, body control, and ability to snatch
out of the air. Whereas the majority of Manningham's touchdowns came on fade
routes to the pylon or on 30 and 40 yard throws, Randle is a guy who can catch
the ball in traffic, win a jump ball, or catch the ball at the six yard line and
drag a defender into the end zone.
Wilson vs RB Brandon
Again, these are two players that are very different in the physical traits
and skill set they bring to an offense. David
Wilson is an electric runner, who is physical and powerful in his style, but
is also very capable of breaking a 60 to 70 yard run anytime the football is
in his hands.
Jacobs was obviously known for his size and the intimidation factor he
brought to the Giants backfield. He was difficult to bring down with a head of
steam and it often took multiple tacklers to get Jacobs to the ground.
Wilson is a smaller back but compares favorably to DeAngelo Williams and Tiki
Barber. He's tough and competitive and looks to break out of tackles, but also
has that rare acceleration to beat cornerbacks and safeties to the end zone once
he gets to the outside. Wilson also brings a receiving threat out of the
backfield with his soft hands and ability to make big plays in the screen game,
something we didn't see nearly as much with Jacobs in his time as a Giant.
In the end, the Giants kind of swapped speed and big play ability from the
passing game to the running game. They have gotten substantially more explosive
in their running back group, while adding more size and physicality to their
The receiving threat and big play ability on screens Wilson brings to the New York
backfield should help New York negate some of the blitzes and heavy pass rush
they will see with their reshuffled offensive line next season, as he is
certainly capable of making defenses pay on the back end with open field space
in front of him.
In the passing game, the Giants have become a little more difficult to
contend with inside of the twenty, as Randle is another big body that operates
well in traffic and can win the football in tight spaces(not to mention their addition
of MartellusBennett earlier in the off-season at tight end)."