New York Giants Add Depth to Running Back Position with Andre Williams

By Daniel Brennan

The New York Giants scooped up Boston College running back Andre Williams in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Williams was a Heisman Trophy finalist a season ago, rushing for an NCAA-best 2,177 yards. He also had 18 touchdowns, while averaging 6.1 yards per rush. Williams gives the Giants some depth and another power option at running back.

The Giants signed Rashad Jennings as their projected starter and also re-signed veteran Peyton Hillis this offseason. New York also has David Wilson, who is recovering from neck surgery, and second-year back Michael Cox.

Jennings is a speed back who rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns last season. Meanwhile, Hillis helped give the Giants some relief last year, putting together a couple of solid games after New York was decimated by injuries. However, Wilson’s status will be a bit of a question mark, as he is coming off of a serious injury, and Cox is still unproven.

Williams gives New York another option and possibly a serious short-yardage threat. Jennings may be pegged as the starter but the Giants have a history of being attracted to down-field running backs. Brandon Jacobs was that guy early in his career and Andre Brown showed a little bit of that drive last season when he came from a broken leg.

The Giants lacked depth heading into last season and were forced to scour the free agent market when both Brown and Wilson went down. Jacobs and Hillis did decent jobs in relief but were not serious offensive threats.

If New York can develop a consistent running game it should alleviate a lot of the pressure from Eli Manning‘s shoulders. Having a running back, or committee of running backs, that can be fed 20 or 25 carries per game will surely cut down on the turnovers that plagued the Giants so much during the 2013 season.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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