Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Giants' RBs in 2013
By Tim Kavanagh
Coming off a Super Bowl championship season, the New York Giants were certainly somewhat of a disappointment in 2012, as they missed the playoffs, but don't forget: their 9-7 record was the same as their regular season record in 2011, it's just that the NFC East was weaker, allowing them into the postseason tourney. One of the big questions looking ahead to 2013 for the Giants is their running game, and specifically who will be carrying the load for them.
Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown were injured during the course of the 2012 campaign, with Brown finishing the season on IR. Bradshaw added neck and knee injuries to his typical ankle and feet problems, while Brown broke his leg. ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk expects both to be back in the mix this fall, but what's the contingency plan?
The Giants have 2012 first-rounder David Wilson on the roster, and we got a brief glimpse of his game-changing talents this past season. Whether he is able to be the lead RB for the club remains to be seen, but it's possible he'll have an expanded role regardless of the health of the two veterans ahead of him on the depth chart. Looking outside the organization, there are some FA options -- such as Rashard Mendenhall, Reggie Bush, Shonn Greene, Cedric Benson and Peyton Hillis -- but the Giants don't generally chase big-name free agents. A more likely scenario has them investing another pick (though not likely another first-rounder) on the position.