Giant Thoughts in the Backfield

With Brandon Jacobs’ season ending with a nice vacation to the Injured Reserve list (knee), and little dynamite Ahmad Bradshaw likely looking at potential off-season foot/ankle surgery/rehab, are the Giants in the market for an addition to their backfield?

Even assuming Jacob’s poor season (3.7 yards per carry and a frightening inability to convert short yardage situations) was due to a knee injury that Jacobs suffered in week one (to his credit, Jacobs played through the injury), the Giants have to expect that Jacobs, due to his punishing running style, is going to continue to deal with injuries as the feature back.

Bradshaw was easily the Giants most explosive running back in 2009, if not their most explosive offensive player. But, he also shares a violent running style, despite his size. Expect both Jacobs and Bradshaw to return (along with 2009 4th round pick Andre Brown, who ripped up his Achilles heel in the pre-season).

Could the G-men have interest in one of the recently released running backs (Westbrook of the Iggles or Tomlinson of the Bolts?) Westbrook has long been a Giant killer and yesterday a collective sigh of relief could be heard coming from the Meadowlands upon hearing of Westbrook’s departure. Both Tomlinson and Westbrook come with the not so quiet whispers that they are well past their prime and significant injury risks at this point in their careers. I don’t see a featured back role available for either Westbrook or Tomlinson, but on 3rd downs and in the passing game, either of these guys can still make an impact.

Jerry Reese and company have to think long and hard about bringing in yet another running back due to ongoing injury concerns with Brandon Jacobs, but a re-tooling of the offensive line may also help the now ineffective Giants run game. With not a lot of options in free agency, could the Giants look at a running back or an offensive lineman with one of their first picks in the draft?

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  • horsecack

    i can see them looking at both of these backs but you also have to wait and see if chester taylor gets released cause he would be a great 3rd down guy but i think if they do pick up a rb its probably going to be a draft pick and someone who can pound the offense. besides chester taylor i dont see westbrook and tomlinson to be affective smash mouth runners like they once were

  • Paul Graziano

    For my money, if Jerry Reese looks to add a complimentary piece to the backfield, Chester Talyor would be my guy, Taylor is versatile, great hands out of the backfield, and can carry the load if the injury bug strikes Jacobs and Bradshaw again. Depending on how the G-men feel about Andre Brown’s recovery and long-term prognosis, the G-men may stay away from the free agent running backs and instead grab someone later in the draft (perhaps striking gold as they did in 2007 with the 7th round pick of Ahmad Bradshaw…I still tend to think the offensive line will look a bit different in 2010, with Diehl perhaps moving inside or to right tackle, depending on what the Giants do with Kareem McKenzie.

  • Justin West

    I think this is exactlly what we need to do guys. The thing is i really like CJ Spiller in the draft. If McClain get drafted before our pick then we can NOT pass on Spiller. Too much of a homerun threat everytime he touches the ball.