The New York Giants are extremely thin at the running back position after losing RB Andre Brown to a broken fibula this past Sunday. The only active running backs they have on the roster are Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson and FB Henry Hynoski.
The Giants worked out several running backs last week during the bye, including former Indianapolis Colts RB Joseph Addai. They ended up not signing Addai, but did sign RB Ryan Torain and RB Kregg Lumpkin in the wake of Brown’s injury. The Giants are familiar with Torain from his tenure with the Washington Redskins.
The Giants added depth to their running back position, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that they simply cannot afford anymore injuries. The Giants added Torain and Lumpkin to add depth in an emergency situation. They do not plan on using the two running backs at all.
As mentioned before and by many analysts so far, this is an opportunity for Wilson to prove his worth to the Giants offense. So far, he’s been relegated to special teams duty where he’s excelled in the return game. He has not been shy about revealing his desires to get more carries.
Some have speculated Wilson has not been good in pass protection, but he insists he has no idea where that notion came from. His speed in the open field is excellent, but he has to get out into the open field first.
Wilson is an excellent change of pace for the tough running style Bradshaw brings. However, Bradshaw has chronic foot issues so with a depleted running back group, Wilson will need to be healthy and effective from now on.
There’s no doubt Wilson can get it done. That is why the Giants drafted him in the first round. Wilson boldly claimed he’ll be a Hall of Fame running back prior the season starting. This Monday night against the Redskins will be your first official opportunity with a good amount of carries.