New York Giants: Odds on Who Wins the Starting Running Back Job
I'm going to do this from lowest to highest, and it'll be a pretty straightforward article in regards to who has the best chance of being the starting running back for the Giants this year.
These odds obviously won't be an exact science, but I feel that they will be a fairly accurate picture of the running back situation throughout the 2012-2013 season (not just Week 1).
So barring a bad string of injuries, here are the contenders.
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He's a combo running RB/fullback from Rutgers, and the New York Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent.
He can definitely contribute, I just see it more as a fullback than a running back. Having a bunch of guys ahead of him doesn't exactly help his case either.
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The New York Giants drafted him in 2009, and ever since they waived him, he's been on four different teams and hasn't really contributed on any of them.
I just don't see it. You can make a case for Andre Brown starting if you want, you'll just have to state what medication you're on first.
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If the New York Giants only used their running backs on two-point conversions, D.J. Ware's odds of starting would go up dramatically; but as it stands—Ware isn't the guy that will get it done on a week-to-week basis in the NFC East.
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It's not very likely, but Da'Rel Scott has somewhat of a shot. He ran a 4.34 at the NFL Combine, and showcased some of that speed with two preseason touchdowns last season.
However, he didn't have much of an impact last season, rushing the ball only five times.
Down the road, his odds can go up, but five percent is fair at the moment.
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You don't draft a running back in the first round unless you're looking for him to make an impact in your backfield, and David Wilson can definitely provide that.
He was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011, and was considered a top five running back heading into the NFL draft.
Ahmad Bradshaw may be the farthest thing from a lock at the starting running back position in the NFL for a six-year veteran.
Wilson obviously has to the learn the playbook and cut down on negative yardage, but he's already gotten some praise early on.
This running back competition is definitely wide open for Wilson.
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Ahmad Bradshaw is the favorite as of right now, but injuries can hurt his case.
He has never punched it in for double-digit touchdowns once in his NFL career. Bottom line: Bradshaw's numbers aren't going to blow you away, and they shouldn't.
The New York Giants will more likely than not shift to a more pass-oriented offense from the start of the season on.
However, Bradshaw has to play better and stay healthy if he wants to keep his starting job. These are two big "ifs," which is why his chances are only slightly better than half.