Following the broken leg suffered by running back Andre Brown, the New York Giants are going to need a new power presence in their backfield. Could a free agent like Michael Turner be the solution to their newest problem?
On the surface, it seems like a solid option for the Giants.
Turner, a nine-year NFL veteran, has spent the last five years as the Atlanta Falcons’ featured back. Last season, though, Turner began to show significant signs of wear as his yards per carry average fell below 4.0 for the first time in his career.
Still, the fact that he brings power and short-yardage value could be enough to get Turner his first bit of interest since he hit the open market back in March. Brown was expected to be the thunder to starter David Wilson’s lighting, but with that no longer an option for the short-term, Turner could temporarily fill the void.
The biggest concern surrounding the signing of the 31-year-old Turner is just how effective – or available – he will be for the Giants. After years of overuse in Atlanta, the tread is extremely thin on his tires. Even if he does manage to stay healthy until Brown returns, he might not offer the type of consistency the Giants will be looking for.
For now, Wilson appears to be slated for an every-down role in New York. If the Giants do decide to seek out a complimentary back who can handle the heavy-duty carries, expect Turner to be on their short list of candidates.
Turner isn’t interested in hanging up the cleats just yet, and the Giants could be his best bet to get back on the field in 2013.