NFL Rumors: New York Giants Looking For Veteran Back
NFL Rumors: Giants Looking For Veteran Back
Today is the first day New York Giants could place injured running back, Andre Brown, on the injured reserve list with the designation for return. News of this move was reported after Brown, himself tweeted, “@drebrown35 See ya'll week 8”. However, the Giants have not designated Brown as of yet. If the Giants do decide to place Brown on the IR/designated return list, it would mean that Brown is not allowed to practice until Week 6, and unable to return to the playing field until after the Giants week eight game. The first game that Brown will be eligible to play in is November 10 against the Oakland Raiders.
This move could open up another spot on the Giants 53-man roster. When news of the tweet broke, Ralph Vacchiano of New York Daily News reported via twitter that the Giants have both taken and made phone calls from agents of running backs since Brown's injury. He also reported that the Giants, have indeed, talked to the agents of former Green Bay Packer, Ryan Grant and former Detroit Lion, Kevin Smith.
With the news breaking that Brown may be unavailable for the entire first half of the season, I have decided to do my research and put together a list of the top five available running backs that the Giants could bring in. Though it has been confirmed that Grant and Smith have been contacted by the Giants, they have not ever had a profound effect on the teams that they have played for, therefore, they have been excluded from my list.
There are a few points that I have factored into my list including: stats, impact on former teams and maybe even knowledge of the offense.
5: Brandon Jacobs
The fifth best choice for the Giants to bring in is Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs is not on this list because of the way he performed last season at all. He only played in two games for the San Francisco 49ers and carried the ball five times for a grand total of seven yards and zero touchdowns! He has made the list strictly because he is very familiar with the offense the Giants run and would not need a crash course to catch up.
4: Beanie Wells
The fourth best choice for the Giants is Beanie Wells. Wells could not stay on the field much last year. But in eight games for the Arizona Cardinals, he racked up 88 carries for 234 yards and five touchdowns. He has proven that when healthy, he can make a difference. In a more healthy 2011 season, Wells ran the ball 245 times for 1047 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. While with the Cardinals he proved that he wasn't scared to run the ball up the middle, and that is what the Giants are trying to replace with the absence of Brown.
3: Jonathan Dwyer
Recently released from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jonathan Dwyer is the youngest “vet” to make this list, at only 24 years of age. Dwyer was a surprise release on Saturday by the Steelers. Dwyer led the Steelers in rushing last season with, 156 carries for 623 yards, while also scoring two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing this preseason with 34 carries for 136 yards. Based on his age and stats, this could be an amazing pick up for the Giants, and make for an amazing one-two punch for years to come.
2: Michael Turner
Michael Turner has been a workhorse running the 1411 times over the past five seasons for the Atlanta Falcons. Aside from the miles that have been put on his legs, he may be just what the Giants are looking for! He is a hard runner that gets results. In 2012, Turner ran the ball 22 times for 800 yards and scored 10 times. Turner would make a great change-of-pace back on top of being an incredible force in the red-zone, which the Giants desperately need.
1: Willis McGahee
Willis McGahee is by far the best available running back on the market. It is a surprise that he has yet to land on any teams 53-man roster. He has had some brutal injuries in his career, but has always produced while out on the field. The Giants are not looking for an every down back so touches may be limited. However, McGahee has never shied away from running hard. Last year, while with the Denver Broncos, he ran the ball 167 times for 731 yards and four scores. If the Giants are looking for a short-term fix McGahee is the best possible solution, but due to his age (32) it is short-term at best.