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Report: RB Spiller Makes Sense For Giants In Draft

We’ve been toying around with this idea here at Giants Gab, and apparently the Bleacher Report agrees that this argument holds some water – why not draft CJ Spiller in the first round if he’s there?

Last season the Giants had one of the worst defenses in the league, allowing over 30 points in seven of their games. The team also released their middle linebacker and their defensive leader, Antonio Pierce. Many think the logical solution would be to draft Rolando McClain with the 15th pick in the draft if he’s available, but that may not be the best option available.

CJ Spiller makes a lot of sense for the Giants, if he’s available. The Giants struggled with their rushing attack last season, averaging 114.8 yards per game on the ground (17th in NFL). Injuries and the loss of Derrick Ward were the reason for the huge drop of production, since the Giants running attack averaged a league leading 157.4 yards per carry in 2008. Spiller could be the man to finally compensate the loss of Ward.

Although the Giants still have Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw there, both players are question marks heading into the season. Jacobs also had the worst season of his career, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and has had injury problems in his career. With Jacobs’ hard-nosed running style, I’d be concerned whether or not he’ll be playing at a high level for much longer.

Bradshaw had surgery on both of his feet and his left ankle this offseason, which has to be a huge concern for a speedy back that relies on shifty moves.


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4 Responses to “Report: RB Spiller Makes Sense For Giants In Draft”

  1. Steve B. says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I highly doubt that the Giants will draft Spiller in the first round.

    The problem is not with the running backs, but with the Offensive Line. They were not opening up the same big holes as they were the previous years. That combine with Jacobs knee injury from early in the season turned the giants rushing game into what we know today. The OL smaller holes were also the reason that Bradshaw had more success than Jacobs, because he can hop out of a hole where Jacobs needs a bigger hole, and he cant stop and start it up again.

    On Bob Papa the voice of the Giants the last 16 years said that same thing, when they did the state of the NY Giants.

    In short: Fix the OL fix the Running game.

    • I agree — the OL was blamed for the successes so they need to be held accountable for the failures as well. But Jacobs didn’t HIT the hole hard… kinda makes the conspiracy theory hold up with the effort:

      “I got my money” he told a bunch of heckling Eagles fans… afterall.

      The O-line can still pull though, and that accounted for the majority of the big runs. Also, Bradshaws cutback abilities across field is usually what got him the yardage, not any sort of hole that he found on the intended path.

      For some reason, and btw its totally not pragmatic but its there as an idea — an exciting 3rd back would be nice to have. A Steven Jackson, a Marion Barber, or an electrifyingly young CJ Spiller might fill that perceived gap.

  2. CMH says:

    Any word on Brown’s recovery? Is he at full speed?

  3. Jesse Cassel says:

    We dont need a RB in my opinion, Bradshaw has shown that he can be a great back, look what he did last year on two bad ankles, imagin what he can do healthy. Jacobs I really do think hell be better this season after the surgury. Bradshaw has the tools to be a featured back, no one gives him credit or a chance. We dont need a RB we need a Linebacker its nice to take the BPA but sometimes its just not in the cards.

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