Tom Coughlin on RB battle, Hakeem Nicks and David Bass

Addressing the media at the NFL Scouting Combine this afternoon, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke to a number of questions surrounding the team this off-season.

One of the biggest surprises at the beginning of the off-season was the release of veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

It was assumed by many that former first-rounder David Wilson, who impressed in Bradshaw’s absence, would inherit the role of lead back. But Coughlin expects both Andre Brown and Da’Rel Scott — a former Terp — to compete for the job.

“David Wilson, Andre Brown, Da’Rel Scott. There’s a few guys that will compete for that job,” he said.

Yesterday, Giants owner John Mara refuted the report that suggested wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was higher on the team’s priority list than Victor Cruz.

When asked about Nicks, Coughlin told reporters the wideout was recovering a scope.

Assuming it was a knee scope, it’s another step toward getting healthy. Nicks dealt with knee and foot issues throughout last season.

Coughlin also mentioned center David Bass is recovering from surgery “on his body.” Bass played in all 16 games last season.

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