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On the roster: Ahmad Bradshaw, D.J. Ware, Da'rel Scott, Andre Brown
Perhaps I'm the minority on this one, but I think the Giants' first priority should be to get another running back. They already had the 32nd ranked running game in the NFL in 2011, and now Brandon Jacobs is in San Francisco. Behind Bradshaw (who himself is an injury question mark), there is just Ware, Scott, and Brown, the latter of whom is suspended for the first four games of the season. If/when Bradshaw misses time with an injury to his troublesome feet, that would leave Ware, Scott or Brown to start a game. That's a little scary. Bradshaw is a fine NFL running back, but he needs someone behind him. He has very little forward power, and relies on his speed and elusiveness for success. Ware works best as a third-down back, not a back-up. Scott has shown explosive speed, but is young and undersized. Brown will miss the first quarter of the season, and has very little experience at the professional level.
Draft prospect: Doug Martin, Boise State
Martin had a terrific career at Boise State, averaging 5.56 yards per carry in four seasons. He's certainly not Trent Richardson, but he's probably the second or third best back in the draft (he could be flipped with Virginia Tech's David Wilson). His measurables are a little concerning (5'9", 223 lb), but he has still shown considerable burst to go along with his speed, and while he would serve as Bradshaw's back-up initially, he has the makings of a potential starting running back. Plus, he's expected to be a late-first round pick. If he's available at #32 overall, he could very well be taken by the Giants.
Notable free agents: Ryan Grant, Joseph Addai, Tim Hightower, Justin Forsett, Cedric Benson, Ronnie Brown, Thomas Jones, LaDanian Tomlinson
Most of these guys are veterans past their prime, but could be serviceable as potential backups to Bradshaw. Ryan Grant could be an interesting pickup. His career began with the Giants (although he never appeared in a game), but the past couple of seasons in Green Bay haven't been too kind to him. Perhaps that's because they've become a major pass-first team. Hightower, 25, is appealing because of his age and potential, but injuries have made him a huge red flag. Forsett, 26, is also young and could be available on the cheap.