The New York Giants rushing attack left something to be desired for most of the 2011 season. The low point came against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 10, where the Giants only rushed for 29 yards. It wasn’t a coincidence that the Giants performance as a team picked up when the running game. After that week, the Giants only rushed for under 85 yards once.
Now there are some questions as we go to 2012. Brandon Jacobs took his 260 pound frame to the San Francisco 49ers on a one year deal. Yes his numbers have declined. Yes he shot his mouth off a lot. He was a good change of pace but you do have to question what he has left in the tank. His 571 yards were the lowest of his career since 2006.
Ahmad Bradshaw returns, however he always has injury problems and in today’s NFL you need more than one running back. Bradshaw had surgery earlier in the off season to help his foot heal through a plasma injection. The backs behind Bradshaw are a mystery.
Andre Brown is more famous for being a you tube hit after the super bowl than for anything he has done on the field and is suspended for the first four games for PED’s. DJ Ware is a third down back at best and has his own history of injury problems. Da’rel Scott is a seventh round pick who has speed and will be interesting to watch.
I would expect the Giants to go running back at some point in the draft, maybe even early on. One guy I would keep an eye on them getting is Bernard Pierce out of Temple University. He’s built well and can catch the ball out of the backfield. They also have a former coach of Pierce in Matt Rhule who undoubtedly gave his new team some information about the running back