The New York Giants appear to be in the market for some depth at running back. Instead of going back to guys like Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, they are targeting someone who they targeted earlier in the off-season. Tim Hightower may be participating in the Giants rookie/free agent mini-camp next weekend at their practice facility.
Hightower has been a redzone threat throughout his career. As a rookie for the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, he ran for 10 touchdowns. The next year, he ran for eight. Two years later, he was going to be lead back for the Washington Redskins. He had 321 yards in five games and was on his way to a pretty good season. Then a torn ACL ended his season, and he didn’t play all of last season either.
Hightower was due to workout for the Giants earlier in the off-season and now he may have a chance to join the team. They are looking for some depth behind Andre Brown and David Wilson. Da’Rel Scott looks to try and get that spot after undergoing knee surgery last year. Ryan Torain was brought back on a one year deal and the team drafted Michael Cox in the seventh round.
You need running back depth in the NFL. Only a few teams have a guy like Adrian Peterson who you give the ball too 25 times a game and stay out of the way. The Giants backs aren’t built for a pounding like that and spreading the ball around may be the best way to get the most out of the group.
Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. In this case, the Giants are looking at the devil they don’t and it may be the best thing for them.