The other day we posted a poll where you the audience could choose the Giants backfield. The voting lines are still open, but the top 3 spots in the rotation are clinched no matter what happens here on out. Overwhelmingly the top 3 choices were in order:
1. Ahmad Bradshaw
2. Brandon Jacobs
3. DaRel Scott
Based on what we saw this preseason, this is absolutely something to look forward to in 2011. Earth, Wind, and Fire 2.0…. without a doubt.
BUT, what if the Giants decide to keep 4 RBs on the roster? With injury concerns and not wanting to cut players they’ve spent a lot of time grooming for eventual starting opportunities, the Giants have a tough decision ahead of them whether to keep Danny Ware or Andre Brown for that 4th position in the backfield. Neither RB is eligible for practice squad, neither would likely pass wavers even if they were eligible — but unfortunately it’s cut time for one of these two guys.
In my predicted 53 man roster I have the Giant keeping Danny Ware. Here’s why — he’s spent more time with the Giants, knows the system better, is good at picking up blitzs, and he’s paid his dues. Everyone knows he isn’t electric like Brashaw or DaRel Scott, he offers nothing sexy or exciting, and frankly if Andre Brown never got hurt last year I’m not sure he’d still be on the team. But we all know about what if’s… and that’s not what this is about.
This is basically about a 2009 Giants draft pick in Andre Brown that has returned to the Giants looking better, bigger, faster, and more focused than ever VS D.J. “Danny” Ware the 3rd down back that has stuck with the Giants the past 3 years and has played hard for a team when called upon. So who do you choose? You the reader chose Andre Brown decisively, and I chose Danny Ware. But only the Giants know what they’re going to do this afternoon and it’s not going to be an easy decision.
Coughlin reportedly told the press about cut day today: “Tomorrow is a three Advil morning.” And make no mistake, this is absolutely the hardest part about Tom Coughlin’s job — and after looking at the depth of talent on this roster he’s likely popping half a bottle right about now, not three.