Running backs David Wilson and Andre Brown are kicking off a new era in the New York Giants‘ backfield this season. In February, the Giants cut Ahmad Bradshaw, who recently signed with the Indianapolis Colts, to clear over $4 million in cap room.
Now, it’s on Wilson and Brown to carry the load for the Giants in 2013.
“We’ve got big shoes to fill because he’s a tough running back and he did all of the things necessary for the Giants to win games,” said Wilson of Bradshaw, according to the New York Daily News.
In 2012, Wilson rushed for just 351 yards on 71 carries, but came on late in the season to make Bradshaw expendable. Meanwhile, Brown rushed for 385 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games played before suffering a torn ACL that ended his season. But, the Giants felt comfortable enough with second-year backs Wilson and Brown getting the majority of the carries in 2013.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot to prove,” Brown added. “First I just want to have a healthy season and then go out there and just be productive and help this team win games and championships. That’s what it’s all about.”
If things go as planned, the Giants backfield of Wilson and Brown could mimic the famous “thunder and lightning” duo that featured Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. “David’s an explosive young back and I feel we complement each other well. I’m a big back and I run downhill, Dave can scat and take it outside,” Brown said.
The Giants’ largely untested backfield will have their hands full this season, but if Brown and Wilson live up to the potential they flashed last season, New York will be just fine.