Three weeks into the 2013 season and it’s becoming clear that sophomore David Wilson isn’t the answer at running back for the New York Giants – at least not right now. Seeing as none of the other runners on their roster appear to be any better, the G-Men should consider going out and trading for a featured back.
One option could be New Orleans Saints bruiser Mark Ingram, who has been the odd man out down in the Bayou since he was drafted back in 2011.
The Saints currently have five running backs on their roster, and Ingram hasn’t been able to unbury himself on the depth chart. On 17 carries this season, the Alabama product has managed a measly 31 rushing yards (1.8 per carry) while serving as part of a running-back-by-committee approach.
Time and time again, he leaves yards on the field, something that’s unacceptable for a Saints offense desperately searching for a reliable ground game.
Instead of letting his talent wither on the sideline, though, New Orleans could choose to get some value back for the former first-round pick. While they wouldn’t get a first-rounder in return, a late-round pick would be much more valuable than an ineffective bench warmer. It would also give the Saints an opportunity to get promising young ball-carrier Khiry Robinson involved in the offense.
Put simply, the move would be beneficial for both parties. The Saints could clear up their depth chart and Ingram could get a fresh start with a different team.
Ingram could be a big help for the Giants. Wilson hasn’t been the featured back New York was hoping for, and they’re still looking for someone to replace the power that injured Andre Brown brought to the ground game. Ingram is a bruising back who could offer the thunder to properly compliment Wilson’s lightning.
The Indianapolis Colts made a big trade to give their offense a boost. The Giants should follow their lead and see how much it would cost them to bring Ingram to the Meadowlands.