The New York Giants have signed running back Kregg Lumpkin to add depth at the position after losing Andre Brown for the season to a broken fibula Sunday night. Lumpkin was part of the group of running backs that the Giants had worked out during their bye week after concern about Ahmad Bradshaw’s health came up.
Lumpkin, 28, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2008. He saw limited action with the Packers in 2008 but didn’t make the final roster the next season and spent 2009 on the sidelines. Lumpkin was then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
While in Tampa Bay, Lumpkin proved to be adept at catching the football out of the backfield. In 2011, he caught 41 passes for 291 yards and carried the ball 31 times for 105 yards. He was with the Seattle Seahawks most recently but did not make the final roster and has been floating around the free agent market ever since.
The Giants also worked out Ryan Grant, Ryan Torain, and Cadillac Williams among others. Torain was part of the group of running backs the Giants worked out a couple of weeks ago.
Lumpkin will see playing time as a third down running back most likely, using his skills as a pass catcher to act as a legitimate option for Eli Manning in his check-downs. Lumpkin is also fairly good in pass protection, able to pick up the blitz and guard his quarterback’s back.
Lumpkin’s addition shouldn’t impact the potential playing time for David Wilson as he is still expected to be the understudy to Ahmad Bradshaw.
Even with the addition of Lumpkin, the Giants could still add more depth at the position. A lot will depend upon Wilson’s performance. It would not be surprising if we see the Giants add Ryan Grant or Ryan Torain in the near future for added depth.