Yes, we know, the Giants need to bolster several units this offseason. The group that management will key on first is the offensive line. Other positions are in need as well, but when you examine the roster closely, the running back position has become very shaky and the Giants will need to act.
Before 2013 began, the Giants were certain that a David Wilson-Andre Brown tandem was the answer. They misjudged Wilson’s ability to be an every-down back and Brown’s history of not staying healthy.
Now Wilson’s health is a question mark, while Brown and Peyton Hillis are heading for free agency, leaving rookie Michael Cox as the team’s lone healthy RB under contract. From Rotoworld:
Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted that he won’t be counting on having David Wilson (neck) as his 2014 starting running back.
Wilson has a herniated disc in his neck and spinal stenosis, and may end up undergoing surgery at some point this offseason. “I don’t think you go into the next season saying David Wilson’s going to be our No. 1 starting running back,” Reese said. “The guy is coming off of a neck surgery, if he decides to have it.” Wilson is expected to be able to play in 2014 even if he has the surgery, but it’s such a scary situation for a player at a position that takes so many hits during the course of a game. “I think we’ll have to have some contingency plans at the running back position,” Reese added.
They could end up re-signing Brown and/or Hillis but how does that improve things? Brown has yet to play a full season and Hillis is more of a committee-style player. They need a No. 1 RB for next season.
The free agent pool is shallow and the Giants may not want to use a high draft pick on a running back. UFAs the Giants could look at: Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Ben Tate, Rashad Jennings, Jonathan Dwyer, LeGarrette Blount and Donald Brown.
Draft possibilities are countless. Here is a list of top RB prospects from Walter Football.