After a season in which the Giants had to take to the streets to find healthy running backs, they went out and fortified their backfield this offseason bye signing Rashad Jennings in free agency and drafting BC’s Andre Williams in the fourth round of the draft.
Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin — the old Syracuse running back — not only wants to re-establish the team’s rushing attack, wants it to be dominant again. From Rotoworld:
After a recent visit with Tom Coughlin, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believes the fourth-round selection of Andre Williams is a sign the Giants “want to retake the line of scrimmage.”
Williams is a downhill, no-nonsense power back in the style of Michael Turner. His weakness is the passing game, where Williams simply can’t catch. Mort said his “takeaway” after the Coughlin visit was, “Who says we have to throw to him?” If Williams can pass block, he can stay on the field in passing situations even if the Giants aren’t feeding him targets. Turner functioned in that way in Atlanta, Stevan Ridley in New England, and Ryan Grant in Green Bay.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants have three backs that can catch the football (Jennings, David Wilson and Peyton Hillis) and won’t need Williams to be a receiver. I’m sure they will be working to improve Williams’ receiving skills, but make no bones about it, Williams is here to pound the pile. He will be the Giants’ short yardage and goal line back as well their battering ram to soften up the defense. Williams is also capable of breaking through the line for long gains. He will compliment the others and the passing game like no other back the Giants have had here in years.