With David Wilson’s future uncertain and Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis headed for unrestricted free agency, the Giants are looking for other options at running this offseason. From Rotoworld:
The Newark Star-Ledger wonders if impending free agent James Starks could be a “contingency plan” for the Giants.
“Giants GM Jerry Reese recently said he’ll put together a “contingency plan” should David Wilson (neck surgery) not be ready for the start of the 2014 season. Starks isn’t likely to return to Green Bay. He also has a history with new Giants OC Ben McAdoo, is from New York, and went to college at Buffalo. Starks should be affordable, but isn’t a noticeable upgrade on Andre Brown.”
Starks is a big (6’2″, 218) back who can catch the ball out of the backfield, and if he’s 100%, the Giants would have a nice player there. Starks averaged 5.5 YPC on 89 rushes in 13 games last year, while adding 89 yards on 10 receptions. His role with the Packers had been reduced due to the emergence of rookie RB Eddie Lacy.
Former Giants’ WR Ike Hilliard, who was fired after one season in Buffalo, is returning to the Washington Redskins as WR coach under Jay Gruden. From Rotoworld:
“After his playing career ended following the 2008 season, Hilliard, 37, has been making the rounds in the coaching business. New Redskins coach Jay Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in 2009 when Hilliard got his first coaching job as the Tuskers’ WRs coach. Hilliard then coached the Redskins receivers in 2012 and the Bills wideouts in 2013.”
Ike was the Giants’ top pick in the 1997 NFL Draft (7th overall) and played eight years in New York before moving on to Tampa in 2005 where he would play four more seasons.