Our 53-man roster predictions continue with running back. Last year, the New York Giants‘ Ahmad Bradshaw led a three-man committee at the position. With Bradshaw currently a free agent no longer with the team, how will the Giants’ running attack shape up for the 2013 season?
Last year, Andre Brown was unbelievable in the games he played before he broke his leg, with eight touchdowns in 10 games. Brown will be the Giants goal line and third down back due to his powerful downhill running style and pass-protecting abilities. “This is my year,” he told Giants.com, “I have to go out there and I have to produce. I feel like this is a very important season and I have to go out there and show the world what Andre Brown is made of.” Brown will likely be penciled in for the first-team running back slot for week one.
David Wilson had a breakout second-half last season after working his way out of Giants Coach Tom Coughlin‘s doghouse for fumbling the ball week 1. Wilson is an explosive back who possesses lightning quick speed, but he will have to gain the coaching staff’s trust in pass protection before he wins the featured back role. Wilson was also the kick-off returner last year, but with Bradshaw no longer with the team the Giants may decide to use another back for this role. I expect the Giants’ will use Wilson to split carries with Brown this year.
Michael Cox, Ryan Torain and Da’Rel Scott will all be competing for the third and final spot in the Giants’ backfield. While Torain has experience with the Washington Redskins rushing for 742 yards in 10 games during the 2010 season, that was three years and a NFL lifetime ago. Scott spent most of last year on the PUP list as knee surgery ended his season prematurely. My bet will be on Cox winning the RB3 role in addition to taking over the special teams kick-off and punt return roles. Torain and Scott will be put on waivers and sent down to the practice squad if they clear with out being picked up by another team.