Who Will Be Running Back For New York Giants Going Forward?

By Jay Cullen
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In Week 10, the New York Giants will have five running backs on their roster: Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs, David Wilson, Andre Brown and Michael Cox. The question is who gets the share of the carries?

Cox will certainly not, but each other candidate has shown flashes while also having concerns. There is an argument to be made for all of the Giants running backs. Hillis has been decent in the last few weeks, but not great. He has not averaged over four yards a carry and shows little potential in terms of exploding for big runs. On the other hand, he is a good pass catcher and the best pass protector of the group.

Jacobs has had the best overall game for the Giants when he tore apart the Chicago Bears. He is a good leader and his longevity with the team does mean something. Wilson has by far the highest upside. He has pass protection issues and fumbling issues, but he will almost certainly be the best running back of the group in three years and his development is key for the Giants. Brown is coming off an injury, but ran better than any of these other running backs at the end of last year. He might not be the same, but he is likely  the most talented right now.

Each one of these player could end up getting the most carries. It would seem Brown is the most likely though, with Hillis also getting touches. Jacobs will probably be let go as he just cannot protect the pass. Wilson will definitely get some work, especially if the season becomes clearly lost at any point. However, Brown and Hillis provide the most value to the team for this year, so they should be the go-to players for the Giants.

Jay Cullen is a New York Giants writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him on Google.

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