Monday, February 18, 2013
Brown vs. Wilson
By Tim Kavanagh
Though the New York Giants did elect to release veteran RB Ahmad Bradshaw recently, there is a possibility of a reunion at some point down the road. However, if there is no such re-signing of the Marshall product, the competition to be the team's lead back will come down to journeyman Andre Brown vs. 2012 first-round pick David Wilson.
"Oh yes, I'm going to prepare to be a starter," Brown -- a restricted free agent -- said recently, per the New York Post, via ESPNNewYork.com. "That's the dream job right there, to go out there and start and play for the New York Giants. I would love to do that. I'm going to put as much work as I need to put in to prepare for that role, if it happens to be me, put that faith in them that they can rely on me."
To some degree, the identity of the "starting" RB for the Giants isn't of much consequence: given what the powerful Brown and home-run hitter Wilson bring to the table, the more likely plan is that the club will have a committee backfield in 2013. While this strategy is met with disdain from fantasy football owners, it's been an effective tactic for a number of teams in recent campaigns, including these Giants. In fact, it wouldn't be altogether surprising to see them add another option either via a mid- to late-round draft pick or from the cheaper options in the free agent market. Given the rigors of the position, it pays to have many reliable options, as the Giants themselves saw in 2012.