Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Alex Carrington (92) pursues New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) during the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
9. Who Will Emerge As The Go-To Running Back?
It is pretty clear at this point that the Giants plan to use a running back by committee strategy this season. Though every offense needs a featured running back, a star in the backfield that carries the heaviest burden, even if he has two other rushers carrying the rock. Between Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and the youthful Andre Williams who will emerge as the go-to guy in the Giants backfield?
It is a fair question, because no back in this trio has ever been a superstar. While they are all good role players, they have never been the main attraction for an NFL offense. While the Giants don’t really need an Adrian Peterson type rusher, they need somebody they can count on. The Giants running back group is filled with complementary pieces, where is the star?
Jennings biggest season in the NFL was with the Oakland Raiders in 2013 when he rushed for 733 yards. The often injured Jennings has never been a bell cow. Vereen never really had the opportunity to be the main rusher while he was a member of the New England Patriots. Vereen found his niche, being a receiving running back. Andre Williams showed promise in his rookie season last year, but turned a minimal amount of heads. The point is that while the Giants have plenty of help at the running back position, they may not have a go-to guy.
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