New York Giants: Team Waives Michael Cox


The New York Giants have waived running back Michael Cox. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played in 18 games for Big Blue over the past two seasons. He saw much more action as a rookie then he did last season, partly because he was one of 22 players to finish the season on injured reserve for the Giants, the most of any team in the NFL.

Cox carried the ball just 26 times for 76 yards to go along with 5 catches for 21 yards. That’s a total of 31 offensive touches for 97 yards. That breaks down to a lackluster 3.1 yards per touch. Though he was not productive on offense he did show some value as a kick returner. Cox averaged 22.5 yards on 31 returns for a pedestrian 22.5 yards per return.

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This move leaves the Giants with five running backs on the roster. Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, and Rashad Jennings are virtual locks to make the roster. The remaining two backs are Orleans Darkwa and Chris Ogbonnaya. The Giants could always opt to draft another back or sign one after the event. But for right now, I’d prefer Darkwa over Ogbonnaya.

Darkwa showed a decent burst as a runner in his very limited action (5 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD). He also played fairly well on special teams. Ogbonnaya on the other hand never touched the football and was really just a special teams fill-in to finish out the season.

Adding another back might be something the Giants do after the draft as they have much more pressing needs, the 4th running back is the least of their worries. Head coach Tom Coughlin has traditionally had a 4th back, such as Danny Ware, Da’Rel Scott, Reuben Droughns, and even Ahmad Bradshaw on the roster so I expect someone else to come in to compete for that spot.

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