New York Giants: Evaluating Rushing Attack


The New York Giants are using a running back by committee philosophy this season. All four of their backs have gotten their hands on the football. This is both good and bad news for the Giants.

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The Giants have four unique players at the running back position. Rashad Jennings is the multi-talented power back that they like in between the tackles. Andre Williams is a less versatile version of Jennings. Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa are the Giants shiftier backs and are the most dangerous receiving threats.

So the good news is that the Giants have players that they can use for different rules. There is a saying about quarterbacks, if you have two quarterbacks you have no quarterbacks. The same is true about the Giants running backs; if you have four players for one position you have a problem.

With 96.7 yards per game the Giants rushing offense ranks 24th in the NFL. The Giants as a team average 3.8 yards per carry which is nothing to be excited about. The Giants offense is capable of big plays on the ground. This aspect of their game however is inconsistent and cannot be relied upon.

The Giants leading rusher is Jennings. Jennings has 364 yards and 1 touchdown on 94 carries. Jennings is 28th in the NFL in rushing yards. While it is noted that Jennings is sharing the workload with three other backs, it isn’t overly impressive.

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Shane Vereen has been a huge addition to the Giants but he helps mostly in the passing attack. The offensive line clearly has a big role in this as well. What we know though is that with four cooks in the kitchen, the Giants rushing attack isn’t on fire.