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    GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    "With the departure of Brandon
    Jacobs
    to the San
    Francisco 49ers
    this offseason, the New York
    Giants
    will spend a significant portion of training camp searching for a
    viable backup running back heading into the 2012 campaign. With sixth-year
    veteran Ahmad Bradshaw as the clear-cut starter, there are several players that
    will compete for playing time in a backup role.


    This offseason, the team used its' first-round draft pick on running back David
    Wilson
    out of Virginia Tech. However, veteran D.J. Ware appears to have the upper hand in securing the
    backup role, at least for the time being.









    D.J. Ware
    stands 6'0" while weighing in at 225 lbs. He has good size and runs the ball
    hard in between the tackles. However, he is not particularly fast and is neither
    a big play threat nor a great receiver out of the backfield.




    That being said, Ware is still extremely valuable to Big Blue's passing
    attack. His emergence as the favorite to take over the backup running back role
    is heavily dependent upon his advanced knowledge of the offense compared to that
    of his competitors. He is not as explosive as David
    Wilson
    or as fast as Da'Rel Scott, but he has been around long enough to
    become an asset as a pass-blocker. The team used Ware last season primarily in
    passing situations and he performed well in that role. Furthermore, Ware had a
    few nice runs on draw plays out of the shoutgun, which proved that he is capable
    of making the occasional big play.




    D.J. Ware's
    biggest competitor for the backup running back role is this years first-round
    draft pick David
    Wilson
    . Wilson is a fast, explosive player that was used in a multitude of
    roles during his three seasons at Virginia Tech. He earned 4,349 all-purpose
    yards for his career, while integrating himself as an indispensable aspect of
    the team's rushing, passing, and return games. His diversity is a major reason
    why general manger Jerry
    Reese
    selected Wilson with the team's first-round pick. In a post-draft
    interview, Reese stated the following:





    "He’s fast. He’s productive. He can do anything you want him to do. He can
    catch the ball. He can return kicks. I think he was overall ACC Player of the
    Year and Offensive Player of the Year there. He’s an early-out junior. Terrific
    football player."




    The other competition for the backup running back position comes from
    Da'RelScott and Andre
    Brown
    .




    Da'Rel Scott is widely reported to be the fastest player on the Giants'
    roster (4.34 40-yard dash). Although he showed flashes of brilliance during the
    preseason last year, Scott only saw five carries in the regular season and he
    averaged a mere 3.2 yards per carry. However, because of the NFL lockout,
    this offseason the second-year players out of Maryland's first opportunity to go
    through the full gauntlet of workouts and OTA's. With a year of experience under
    his belt, Da'Rel Scott could become a contributor at some point this season.




    Andre
    Brown
    is perhaps the biggest mystery on the Giants' running back depth
    chart. In his four-year career at NC State, he averaged over 4.4 yards per carry
    each season. However, after being drafted by the Giants in the fourth-round of
    the 2009 NFL Draft, Brown
    ruptured his Achillestendon in training camp the same year. He was waived by
    the Giants the following offseason.




    After bouncing around the league in 2010, Brown was brought back by the
    Giants and spent most of last season on the practice squad. Although Brown saw
    no regular season action with Big Blue in 2011, he has has shown the capability
    to be both a rushing and receiving threat out of the backfield in practice. If
    demonstrate an understanding of the offense, Brown could make the 53-man
    roster.




    The situation at backup running back will be one of the most contested
    positional battles throughout training camp. There are several players that each
    have their own strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the table. However,
    D.J. Ware is
    the only player being considered that has any significant experience in that
    role. Look for him to see the majority of the snaps as the second running back
    on the depth chart during the beginning of the season.




    However, as David
    Wilson
    , Da'Rel Scott, and Andre
    Brown
    each learn the playbook and pass protection schemes more thoroughly,
    Ware will most likely see a decreased role within the offense as the season
    progresses."

    “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: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    There must be very little to write about.. Talk about stating the obvious, the guy who's been here for years, knows the system, knows his blocking assignments within the system has the early upper hand for the #2 RB job...Surely not!




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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    I'm willing to bet that barring injury, Wilson will see reps in a limited package against Dallas.

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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    [quote user="bLuereverie"]I'm willing to bet that barring injury, Wilson will see reps in a limited package against Dallas.[/quote]

    In all likelihood, he will be the # 3 back.
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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    [quote user="Firenugget"]There must be very little to write about.. Talk about stating the obvious, the guy who's been here for years, knows the system, knows his blocking assignments within the system has the early upper hand for the #2 RB job...Surely not!



    [/quote]

    This will pain some fans lol
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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="bLuereverie"]I'm willing to bet that barring injury, Wilson will see reps in a limited package against Dallas.[/quote]

    In all likelihood, he will be the # 3 back.
    [/quote]

    Ware as the #3 back saw significant reps. I'm just saying Giants will definitely try to get their most dynamic player at the position on the field in a way without compromising the offense. Ware just isn't talented.

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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    [quote user="bLuereverie"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="bLuereverie"]I'm willing to bet that barring injury, Wilson will see reps in a limited package against Dallas.[/quote]

    In all likelihood, he will be the # 3 back.
    [/quote]

    Ware as the #3 back saw significant reps. I'm just saying Giants will definitely try to get their most dynamic player at the position on the field in a way without compromising the offense. Ware just isn't talented.[/quote]

    Ware is talented enough to be on the team. A few years ago he ran the ball for the entire 4th quarter against the Seattle Seahawks. Of course they will get their # 1 draft pick on the field. The question is can he makes the reads and blocks required of him? Even Gilbride, while heaping praise on Wilson's running talents, cautioned he still has to be able to do all of the other things they demand of their running backs. Those things are still in question.
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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    If Bradshaw misses a game due to injury (which is not unheard of), I'd bet that it's Wilson taking over. At least, that should be his goal going into training camp.

    Ware is reliable mediocrity, when he's playing his best.
    We need our coaches to assign playing time based on something other than player salary.

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    Re: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    [quote user="RagTime Blue"]If Bradshaw misses a game due to injury (which is not unheard of), I'd bet that it's Wilson taking over. At least, that should be his goal going into training camp.

    Ware is reliable mediocrity, when he's playing his best.
    [/quote]

    Wilson's goal should b e to replace Bradshaw. But it won't happen until he proves he's up to the task.
    “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: GIANTS' D.J. WARE EMERGES AS EARLY FAVORITE TO WIN THE BACKUP RUNNING BACK JOB

    Wilson will be in the mix from day 1 and so long as he takes care of the ball and does a decent job in pass protection, then he will quickly end up the #2, IMO

    and the 2 biggest reasons are that he was a first rounder and b/c there is a good chance Bradshaw could miss some games, so Wilson will need to get up to speed more quickly than our young backs have in the past

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