The New York Giants entered the 2013 season with major concerns over their depth at running back, and this weakness was apparent in last night’s 31-36 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a game that the Giants would have won if there was a veteran running back on the roster. Starter David Wilson fumbled twice and was benched, which forced the Giants to play Da’Rel Scott, who had a pass deflect off his hands which was returned 49 yards for a touchdown by Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr. These gaffes cost the Giants the game, and fans have to wonder if David Wilson has fumbled away his chance to play for the New York Giants, remember he was benched last season for essentially three months after fumbling early in the season opening loss. After the game Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said of his running backs “They’re not going to play unless they can hang onto the ball. It’s demoralizing to the whole team.”
News broke this morning, that as expected, the Giants are going to work out and likely sign a veteran running back tomorrow from a group that includes Willis McGahee, Brandon Jacobs and Joe McKnight. There would be some sentimental value to bringing back ex-Giant Brandon Jacobs, who won two Super Bowls with the team, and who the staff and players know well. However, I think the player who would add the most value to the Giants is Willis McGahee, who was still very productive for the Denver Broncos last season. In 10 games last season, McGahee ran for 731 yards and 4 touchdowns, plus he caught 26 passes for an additional 221 yards. The addition of McGahee would give the Giants a more physical back, who can help the Giants in the passing game as both a blocker and a receiver, and who has the ability to grind out tough yardage.
The Giants need to play Wilson, they really do not have other options, even if a veteran back is signed they will not have the playmaking ability of the explosive 22-year-old. However, he needs to prove to Coughlin that he can hang onto the football, he is clearly in the doghouse and he needs a turnover free big game against the Denver Broncos next weekend to make the coaching staff forget about his horrible performance in the opener last night.