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Rookie RB Williams not here to catch the ball

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.




5 comments
Darnell Hayes
Darnell Hayes

#Michaelstewart don't forget Richburg was a good pick to. Improving that offensive-line.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Williams was the best pick for the Giants in this draft, based on round, players still on the board.

Lyle M. Weiser
Lyle M. Weiser

Just remember how successful ( not really) this OL has been in short yardage over the past few years. Where is the change going to occur? At center? Not likely. Neither Walton nor Richburg are maulers.

Lyle M. Weiser
Lyle M. Weiser

John,


Williams will pound the pile as long as the middle of the OL moves the DL back off the LOS. Out of the middle of the Giants line, only Schwartz has that capability as the others are more finesse and movement blockers. Of course, that could change if Snee rekindles his earlier form. However, realistically, that's not likely to happen.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Lyle M. Weiser Schwartz and Snee are the guards. Schwartz has been part of three of the league's best rushing offenses the past three years (Carolina, Minnesota and Kansas City) and Snee was the linchpin of the best and most productive offensive line in Giants history.