David Wilson

Giants must tend to shaky backfield

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.




18 comments
mike23
mike23

No doubt the Giants need a quality/proven/healthy running back or two for next season. There are some interesting options available in free agency (hopefully the giants add a couple of them) and also draft one or two. RB one of the many needs for this team to get back in the playoff picture... number one though is they have to beef up the offensive line and protect eli. 

psinap1
psinap1

If McFadden is willing to take a 1 year "show me" contract, I would jump all over him. MJD would be my choice but not at a long term contract. I'm thinking Tate would take the least. Either way, they need a RB that can play with Brown. I would draft the best skill player available and use the free agent market to snag offensive Lineman. I don't want to see rookie lineman, use the draft for skill positions and sign veteran lineman that can improve the team right away.

mrdbo
mrdbo

Ben Tate...Ben Tate...Ben Tate...That's the guy.

Stephen Rojack
Stephen Rojack

OMG take Maurice Jone-Dre. I have always liked him, and with a better team around him, I think he can produce still.

rico
rico

Anybody hear Reese's press conference where he talked about Wilson?

I've always had great respect for Reese and thought he was a super smart guy but not after his talk on Wilson. He was trying to discuss his injury and had no words he started talking about "Medical mumbo jumbo"…Hello Mr Reese did you not think about how you were going to present this before the press conf?



Yes the Giants need to rebuild the OL and ad 2-3 running backs, err and a tight end. Maybe a tight end that stays more than one season.


That's before they start working on the Defense.   G men have 24 free agents…gonna be a lot of new blood next time around.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

David Wilson is going to turn out to be a very bad first round signing, especially if he can't play for awhile ...or ever again if his neck injury is really serious. You don't draft RBs in the first round in today's NFL in a heavy passing offense like we have and especially when we have other needs. Not that Wilson isn't talented, he is, but we need him to be more of a blocker than a speed demon in our offensive scheme. We could of found a serviceable RB in a later round while bolstering the line or LBs in the early rounds. This pick will really come back to bite Jerry Reese in my opinion...

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Sign McFadden and draft 6'5 WR Mike Evans. Eli needs the big target. Then sign Beason Draft a OL, LB, and a backup QB.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Stephen Rojack A lot of wear on the tires with MJD and also he will demand a large contract... The Giants should go after UFA Ben Tate, who is younger and cheaper.

cole3244
cole3244

@Bo Becki presume you have given up on nassib already.  eli needs protection so a o lineman is a priority before a wr which is one of our stronger positions.

bpa should be the draft policy except in unusual situations or in the event of similar grades, sitting at twelve with all the qb's that will go ahead of us should let a quality player fall too us so we might get lucky this year and get a player rated higher than twelve.


psinap1
psinap1

MJD hasn't played a lot the last two years so if he is healthy, then he should have a good season or two left in him - think ladanian tomlinson.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

And about Nassib, you presume correct. If this is a passing offense you need a passing QB. Hogan etc etc

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Yes and an OL can be found on the free agent market. And a fast, tall WR worked wonders for Manning's career before did it not? You are not finding a stud OL at 12, Mack will also be off the board before 12, I don't trust this team drafting CB's or Safties.

The teams strong suit is not WR, Nicks a FA even if he does sign back has been off injured or MIA the last 2 years. JJ had 2 games against a horrible Detroit defense and a 3-13 Redskins with a horrible defense. Randle was spotty at best and Cruz has been dropping more balls every year.

The OL does suck there's no doubt about it but plugging in another risk just like Pugh isn't improving the line. Handle that in FA same as CB bring in proven players at that those positions.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@cole3244 @Bo Beck And any quality OL or CB will be very expensive in FA which with the Giants cap issues makes that option even less viable.

cole3244
cole3244

@Bo Beckwell we definitely disagree, i believe in building through the draft and if you think you will get a quality o lineman or cb for that matter through fa that's fools gold, there is a reason they are a fa and not resigned, we need to get younger not continue the older agenda which is just putting off the inevitable.

if wr isn't a strong position for the jints which one do you think is other than qb because i can't think of one.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Bo Beck good points......The Giants need to improve the OL thru FA...Move Beatty from LT to RT. Move Pugh from RT to either RG/LG. Go and sign LT Rodger Safford and OG Jon Asamoah..Draft 2 more OL in the Draft (between rounds 3-5) Also look at Ben Tate (RB) in free agency. And since the Giants are going to have nearly $17.5m in cap space with the possibility of more with void contracts. make an offer to Jimmy Graham.