Jun 16, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) participates in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports
1. Shane Vereen: Vereen projects to be the most useful running back because he is a jack of all trades. Vereen can carry the rock, catch out of the backfield, pass protect and even line up in the slot. Vereen is the perfect complement to the west coast attack that the Giants employ. With the New England Patriots Vereen was very involved in the passing game, and it looks like the Manning and the Giants have big plans for him in that capacity.
2. Rashad Jennings: Jennings is the Giants most experienced rusher. While Jennings can catch out of the backfield as well, he is more of a power rusher than Vereen. Jennings has an intriguing combination of speed and power and surely has his moments on the football field. Partly because he is always a little banged up, Jennings has never had a season in which he rushed for 1,000 yards. The Giants are hoping this changes this season.
3. Andre Williams: The Giants drafted Williams in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. Williams had a couple of good games in his rookie season but he was far from a breakout star. The Giants are hoping that he continues to develop at the NFL level. Williams is limited as a receiving option.
4. Orleans Darkwa: Darkwa is entering his second season, after the Giants picked him up off the Dolphins practice squad. To a large extent Darkwa is an unknown commodity in the NFL. Darkwa has had just four carries for two yards. He does however have three receptions for 31 yards to his credit. If Darkwa shines in the preseason he may just make his way into the Giants crowded running back room this season.
5. Akeem Hunt: Hunt is a speedy running back out of Purdue. Hunt is primarily a receiving running back. The small framed rusher can be used as a kick returner and a dangerous playmaker in the open field. Hunt looks like a Percy Harvin like player, but is there room for him on the Giants roster?
* We are skipping the fullback position. It is clearly Henry Hynoski. Hynoski is a good lead blocker who can be counted on when asked to touch the football.
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