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Ranking the Giants: Running Backs

Yesterday, we ranked the quarterbacks. Today, it’s the running backs.  Big things were expected from the Giants running game. Brandon Jacobs had 1,000+ yards rushing. Ahmad Bradshaw seemed more than capable of filling Derrick Ward’s shoes (and he was). Danny (or DJ) Ware showed some potential in preseason. And Andre Brown looking promising in training camp. Let’s rank the Giants, running back style.


 Brandon Jacobs only had 835 yards, with only 5 TDs. Even worse, he averaged only 3.9 yards per carries. His previous two years, he averaged 5.0 yards per carries. Brandon Jacobs is a bruising running back, and he wasn’t this year. Can’t really explain whyy, either. I still think it has something to do with the new contract. Maybe he was just unmotivated. The frustrating thing was that there was glimpses of the old Jacobs. He just never showed it consistently. Jacobs is still a good back. In my mind, this was just a bad year. My grade is giving him the benefit of the doubt.



Bradshaw far exceeded expectations this season. Playing with not one, but two broken feet, Bradshaw rushed for 778 yards, and 4.9 yards per carries. Bradshaw, for the most part, was the engine of the running game. He had some spectacular games (the second Redskins game in particular), and showed gamebreaking potential. Bradshaw, I believe, is a future star. If he can stay healthy for a whole year, he can do some damage.



Ware was hurt for most of the year, only appearing in 8 games. He did average 5.6 yards per carries, even if he only had 13. Ware, for me, can be effective, but he needs regular playing time, and he’s not going to get it on the Giants.



Johnson didn’t show much in limited duty, although he does remind me a bit of Bradshaw. Like Ware, he probably needs to have regular duty, but he’s not going to get in New York.



Andre Brown was a 4th round pick in the 2009 draft, and, before he injured himself and ended his season, he had a pretty good training camp. As such, we don’t really know that much about him. He could be a big contributor next year.



We’re getting into the fullbacks now. Hedgecock has one job with the Giants, and he does it pretty well: block. He doesn’t run, and catches two or three passes a year. You could argue that he wasn’t as effective this year, because the running game struggled. But, I’d place that more on the offensive line than anything. Hedgecock is still pretty good.


We’ll be back tomorrow with the wide recievers. Enjoy.

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2 Responses to “Ranking the Giants: Running Backs”

  1. How the hell is Jacobs above Bradshaw? And how is Hedgecock less than 10 points below him?

    Whats more important in terms of ranking…
    Total yards or yards per carry?

    Who had more redzone touchdowns? Actually who was brought in as the redzone back on thirds downs BECAUSE the featured back couldnt get it done all year on the first two?

    Who ran with more heart? (hint, for his frame the guy ran like he weighed twice as much)

    Bradshaw deserves to be #1

  2. tom martin says:

    What’s the deal with Danny Ware..every time he got in, he ran hard and well. His pickup of blitzes improved tremendously. His 2nd to last appearance he picked up a difficult blitz on the other side of Eli and decked the guy. I don’t understand Coughlin’s “doghouse” deal..this kid is talented! Maybe the coaches should look at themselves and how they coach/motivate players.

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