Excerpt: "The New York Giants have, in recent years, become a passing offense behind star quarterback Eli Manning and their elite wide receivers. But in their hearts, the Giants still yearn to run the ball effectively to set up the pass and maintain balance on offense. For this reason, it's worth taking some time to examine the state of the Giants' running game heading into 2013.
The Giants cut running back Ahmad Bradshaw earlier in the offseason. They did this for a number of good reasons, including the chronic foot problems that drastically limited Bradshaw the past couple of years and the fact they selected a running back,David Wilson, in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. But the fact remains that the Giants said goodbye to a player who was on the field for 611 snaps last year (per Pro Football Focus) and have to replace him.
How will they do it? Well, they have said they believe Wilson, who was on the field for 125 offensive snaps last year in addition to his kick-return duties, can handle the full-time workload. Surely, they would not have used a first-round draft pick on him if they didn't think he could ultimately do that. The question now is whether he'll be ready to do it in this, his second season, after only 125 offensive snaps as a rookie. If not, they have to look at Andre Brown, who was on the field for 225 snaps last year, as a candidate to share significant snaps with the speedy young Wilson.
Brown started the Week 3 game last year in Carolina when Bradshaw was injured, and he memorably ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. But as the year went on and Bradshaw returned to regular duty, Brown was used effectively as a goal-line back. He had eight touchdowns before breaking his leg in the Week 12 game against the Packers and missed the rest of the season.
The Giants' roster also includes veteran running back Ryan Torain and third-year man Da'Rel Scott, either or both of whom could factor in before all is said and done. And they could sign someone else. They recently had veteran Tim Hightower in for a visit, so we know they're on the lookout." Read more...