The New York Giants enter the 2012 season with confidence after winning the Super Bowl. Despite their achievements, the Giants running game was a major flaw throughout the season and only improved down the stretch and into the playoffs. GM Jerry Reese addressed the lack of depth by drafting RB David Wilson in the 1st
round and also signing free agent RB Joe Martinek. Gone is Brandon Jacobs, who signed a one year deal with the San Francisco 49ers and supplied needed production, especially when Ahmad Bradshaw was injured.
With the additions of Wilson and possibly Martinek to the group of Bradshaw, Ware, Scott, Brown and Hynoski; have the Giants done enough?
Let’s take a closer look at these players and who will likely make the 53 man roster, also a possibility of the Giants adding a RB at the end of training camp:
Barring serious injury, Bradshaw
will be the starter and will handle the bulk of the carries. Again the key component here is Bradshaw
staying reasonably healthy as he has had issues for the past 2 seasons. If Bradshaw
can stay healthy, the Giants will have a solid RB and depth behind him. Unfortunately; the Giants should not assume that Bradshaw
can endure a 16 game schedule without any injuries along the way and be as productive as he was in 2010 when he carried the ball 276 times for 1235 yards and 8 TD’s.
round pick has all the whistle and bells to be a very potent weapon for the Giants this season. Arguably, the fastest RB in camp, Wilson
also possesses soft hands and is looked upon as a threat out of the backfield as well as running the ball. The Giants will find a way to utilize Wilson’s
talents and give him enough playing time to be a solid contributor.
Entering his 2nd
full season, Scott needs to instill to the Giants coaching staff that he is an important component to the Giants running game and also in special teams. The talent is there for Scott
, however; the drafting of Wilson
indicates to me that the Giants do not have the confidence that Scott
could be a quality backup to Bradshaw
DJ Ware: Ware
has underachieved and for that I feel that he is on the bubble. Ware
has been relatively useless in the running game as a Giant, accumulating 324 rushing yards in four seasons, and his time might be up.
A member of the Giants practice squad, Brown
needs to show the Giants coaching staff that he can be a contributing factor to the Giants offense; or he could end up back on the practice squad; or worse (released).
The coaching staff really likes him, especially OC Kevin Gilbride
, who singled out Martinek
for being very versatile. If the former Scarlet Knight makes the team, he would do so because of his potential to play both the FB
positions and his overall game, as Martinek
can run, catch, block and also play on special teams. If Martinek
doesn't make the team, expect him to resurface on the practice squad.
FB Henry Hynoski: Hynoski
would have to have a pretty bad preseason to lose his starting job. The former undrafted free agent out of Pitt looked good last season, and should have the full support of the coaching staff moving forward.
Realistically, the Giants will most likely carry only four running backs this year given Bradshaw's
injury history and also they will look to improve the NFL's statistically worst rushing attack a year ago. Unless there is an unforeseen injury to Bradshaw
; or an absolute total collapse in development on Scott’s
part; all three should make the team. The remaining two roster spots will go to Hynoski
will be released, traded or in brown’s case; returned to the practice squad. I give the edge over Martinek
due to his versatility and energy he could bring to the Giants. As for the Giants adding another RB
by the end of training camp; it’s a possibility, but unlikely. The only way I see this happening is if an injury occurs to any of the top 3 candidates.