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Position Breakdown: Running Backs

In our next edition of Position Breakdown, we breakdown the running backs and fullbacks. A lot of people think this is a major strength for this team, and I would have to agree.

Brandon Jacobs: I truly believe this is the year Jacobs becomes a Pro Bowler. After all, it’s long overdue. Two straight years of over 1,000 yards while missing time due to injury, Jacobs is an elite RB, and is ready to make that known. Jacobs’ bruising style is torture for defenders, but it also is his most valuable trait: As the defense tires, quicker guys like Ahmad Bradshaw can get big runs. This worked to perfection during the playoff run. I expect it to stay that way this year. The Giants have a great offensive line, and Jacobs will have a big year.

Ahmad Bradshaw: A lot of people are concerned about how the Giants will replace Derrick Ward and his 1,000 yards. Bradshaw has the ability to do so. He was forgotten towards the end of last year, with Jacobs and Ward both running for over 1,000 yards. However, it was Bradshaw who was the catalyst for the playoff run of two years ago. He capitalizes on the bruising defenders get from Jacobs and wiggles through for big gains. He does have to improve his pass catching skills, but that comes with time. He’s a big play threat who can take it all the way every time he touches the ball. The Giants have to utilize him more. He’ll get that chance as the number 2 running back.

Danny Ware: He calls himself ‘Water’, but we don’t know that much about him. We do know he was impressive in preseason last year. He’s similar to Derrick Ward in that he’s a small back who’s powerful. I don’t know how much he will play. The Giants drafted Andre Brown this year, and are not going to give up on him so soon. Ware might find a role on special teams, especially if he can return kicks. If not, he might be back on the practice squad.

Andre Brown: Drafted in the fourth round, which was considered a steal, Andre Brown is very similar to Derrick Ward. Small, powerful, good receiver out of the backfield. He wasn’t used much at NC State, but still produced. He will be given every chance to be the number 2 back, but in all likelihood, will be the number three, change of pace, helping out on special teams. He has the potential to be great. It might take awhile.

Allen Patrick: Patrick was signed on a tryout basis this offseason. We know he was effective at Oklahoma backing up Adrian Peterson. He’s a good inside runner, who can break tackles. I just don’t see him making this team unless there is an injury.

Dwayne Wright: Wright had an okay rookie season with the Bills two years ago, but could not crack the starting lineup a year ago. Wright can be effective short yardage back. He doesn’t have enough breakaway speed. Like Patrick, he won’t make this team unless there is an injury.

Madison Hedgecock: The lone fullback on this list, Hedgecock was a Pro Bowl alternate last year, and well deserved. He’s not a Mike Alstott type runner, but he can block extremely well. He trouble catching the ball sometimes out of the backfield, but overall he does his job. Solid.

The Giants have a great running back group. If Bradshaw/Brown/ Ware can step up, they will be hard to beat. Next up: Receivers

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