The New York Giants are expected to carry four running backs on the roster, and David Wilson has recovered from his neck surgery that kept him out last season.
The New York Giants experienced significant woes with their running game last season. This was largely due to David Wilson not breaking out as expected and eventually going down with a season-ending neck injury.
The Giants finished 29th in rushing offense last season, so they decided to upgrade the running game by signing Rashad Jennings, who looked solid as a spot starter for the Raiders. Jennings finished with 733 yards and six touchdowns, and he is expected to be the starter for the Giants.
Wilson will likely start out as the No. 2 back if he can stay healthy, but he may be pushed for carries by Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams.
Williams shined in his final season at Boston College, rushing for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns. This was enough to earn him a trip to the Heisman ceremony, where he finished fourth in the voting.
The former Heisman finalist offers almost nothing in the passing game though, so it will be difficult for him to receive immediate playing time.
Hillis will never repeat his 2010 outlier season, but he can still be a key backup for the Giants and be used in goal-line situations.
2013 seventh-round pick Michael Cox is on the bubble. Since Wilson seems to be back in full form, Cox may see his last days on the Giants’ active roster.
The Giants’ running backs will definitely be able to put last season’s debacle behind them since the unit is deep, and Jennings has shown the ability to be a solid starter.