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    GIants' Free Agents: Can Andre Brown Carry The Load At Running Back?

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...ning_back.html

    Excerpt: ""Each day until Feb. 2, the final day of the 2013 NFL season, we're going to break down a Giants free agent. We'll analyze his season, his future and the odds of him re-signing with the team this offseason.

    Position: Running back
    2013 Stats: 492 rushing yards, three touchdowns
    '13 salary: $2,023,000

    Had Andre Brown been healthy for the entire season, we might be talking about a Giants team that was able to sneak into the playoffs.

    His return game against the Raiders was a showcase in resilience. Brown was coming off a broken leg and carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. He helped open up a Giants offense that had become frighteningly one-dimensional behind their makeshift offensive line.

    Brown has a good amount of power, and has taken steps to retool his diet to ensure he won't sustain another broken leg. He was essentially hit in the same spot twice in two years.

    With David Wilson's future growing more uncertain by the day, his familiarity with Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin will be invaluable, especially since the only other healthy running back on the roster is MIchael Cox, a 2013 seventh-round pick who played sparingly.

    If the Giants end up adding a back in free agency or via the draft, both of which may be likely at this point, Brown's skillset on third downs or in short yardage would still be useful.

    He also wants to be back, and said he would have done a deal sight unseen if the Giants approached him on baggie day this year.

    Chance for a return: 75%" Read more...
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    Why get hung up on his "carrying the load" when he can platoon with Hillis and whoever else survives camp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    Why get hung up on his "carrying the load" when he can platoon with Hillis and whoever else survives camp?
    Because that would be an incredibly underwhelming RB corp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip Empty View Post
    Because that would be an incredibly underwhelming RB corp.
    How do we know that until we get a decent OLine and how do we know they aren't ogong to bring in another one year FA yet to be named?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    How do we know that until we get a decent OLine and how do we know they aren't ogong to bring in another one year FA yet to be named?
    Well currently Wilson and Cox are the only backs under contract, so they'll definitely be bringing others in. Who knows if Brown and Hillis will even return? Either way, I'd rather aim higher before settling with the status quo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip Empty View Post
    Well currently Wilson and Cox are the only backs under contract, so they'll definitely be bringing others in. Who knows if Brown and Hillis will even return? Either way, I'd rather aim higher before settling with the status quo.
    Being a herniated cervical disc post surgery person, I am pretty sure the best we can hope for with Wilson is PUP to start the next season. This is not the type of injury where if you break it or tear it again you will have a limp for the rest of your life. Anything can happen, but I would assume they will hedge their bets and bring in a FA, as they did with Jacobs, for at least one season.

    It would probably be appropriate to not talk about Wilson being here in 2014 and if he is, then he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    Why get hung up on his "carrying the load" when he can platoon with Hillis and whoever else survives camp?
    I hope we keep Hillis around. He showed some sparks of his old nasty running style a few times. There is no risk in keeping him and not much $$ required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    Why get hung up on his "carrying the load" when he can platoon with Hillis and whoever else survives camp?
    100% agree. We don't need a "feature back", we need a revamped OL that blocks and a RB that simply gets the job done, blocks, and holds onto the ball. A back that can catch the ball out of the backfield to add a little versatility and give Eli some high percentage throws would be a bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotajoe View Post
    100% agree. We don't need a "feature back", we need a revamped OL that blocks and a RB that simply gets the job done, blocks, and holds onto the ball.
    You just described a feature back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip Empty View Post
    You just described a feature back.
    In a perfect world a back has all of those qualities. Some backs have the majority of those qualities but lack explosion and find themselves out of the NFL. For example, Hillis (I know he's had fumbling issues).

    I rather sign two complimentary RBs that may not have all those skills rather than putting all my eggs in one basket and signing a feature back to a big contract.
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