Last night we all witnessed Andre Brown fracture his left leg again, and if you didn’t see it you read about right here on GMenHQ. On the current roster is Da’Rel Scott, Ryan Torain, and Michael Cox backing up David Wilson. The question becomes would you sign a guy off the street who has been in no ones camp this pre-season or wait to see who is released this weekend…..or do nothing and go with what you have? The stats for Scott, Torain, and Cox are skewed for the pre-sseason because Scott was knicked up, Cox was thought of as a return specialist, and Torain only got late work after Wilson and Brown were out of the games. The second half last night gave some indication as to what type of runners they are, and you wonder at what point did they know that Brown was injured and they really had a great chance of winning a job.
The Giants fans all like Scott and his straight ahead speed, he also showed some power and an ability to catch the ball last night. Scott never seems like the happiest guy on the sideline, but he has been oft injured, and always fighting for his spot. Torain is the veteran who seems that half a step slow to be a featured back, but could do a nice job in this instance.
Then there are these guys:
Willis McGahee rushed for 731 yards last season on 167 carries, a 4.4 yard average and four touchdowns before going down with an injury which led the Denver Broncos to release him this off-season. Injured players come cheap, but with the chance they are not completely healthy.
Michael Turner averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry but carried the ball 222 times for 800 yards and crossed the goal line 10 times last season with the Atlanta Falcons. While Turner’s best days are behind him he can still be a good change of pace back to compliment David Wilson, but again the question is why is he on the street?
Brandon Jacobs is a familiar face to Giants fans but he barely played last season. He also was never very good in short-yardage situations. Jacobs is familiar with the offense, at least a decent percentage of it and could be an option based solely on the fact that he wouldn’t need a crash course in the entire offense. As much as Giants fans would love to welcome Brandon back, I don’t think it happens.
So, again do you wait and see what comes available? I do. I think you will see the Giants bring in a few guys for looks, but ultimately stay with who they have especially if the prognosis of 4-6 weeks for Brown is true. The waiver wires will start to heat up later today and into tomorrow, so keep an eye on who is released and who might be a good fit for the Giants.