Previewing the NY Giants’ running back position group

12 Jan 1991: Running back Ottis Anderson of the New York Giants (Credit - Getty images)
12 Jan 1991: Running back Ottis Anderson of the New York Giants (Credit - Getty images) /
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If the NY Giants want to thrive on offense in 2020, they will need to find a consistent and successful running game.

It is no secret what the importance of a run game does for an NFL team. NY Giants fans have seen firsthand what a dominant run game can do for a team.

Joe Morris paced the ’86 NY Giants to their first Super Bowl, OJ Anderson led the way for the ’90 team and finished with Super Bowl XXV MVP honors, and Big Blue’s punishing combo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw pushed the team to two Super Bowl runs in the new Millenium.

After Bradshaw and Jacobs left New York, the team struggled to replace them after Andre Brown and David Wilson didn’t pan out. From there, the team had a massive hole at running back for several years before taking Saquon Barkley 2nd overall in 2018.

Over the last 10 years, Big Blue has consistently failed to establish a run game in either the beginning of games or at the end of games. Opposing defenses have comfortably had their way with disrupting the team’s offense early and often from finding any rhythm and NY has failed to put away several games due to not keeping the offense on the field late in games.

This year, the NY Giants look set at running back with Saquon leading the way while others will play a meaningful role in the offense. Let’s break down the unit and what to expect from them in 2020.