Ahmad Bradshaw’s days are numbered as the New York Giants’ starting running back. You’ve already seen the weaning of his carries this season with the emergence of Andre Brown.
A spectacular performance by David Wilson against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15 could accelerate that process. Wilson had three total touchdowns (two rushing, one return) in relief duty for Bradshaw last week against the New Orleans Saints.
The opportunity comes at a great time, too. Like New Orleans, Atlanta is also porous against the run, giving up 127 yards per game on the ground.
By contract, Bradshaw will be in the blue and red until after the 2014 season. But by then, will the Giants have already moved on to someone else?
Rookie David Wilson has shown he has the ability to score on the big play. That’s something that has eluded Bradshaw this season. As a result, the Giants’ rushing offense is one of the weakest in the NFL.
David Wilson wasn’t drafted to be a backup for long, after all.
Then there is Andre Brown. As mentioned, before landing on season-ending injured reserve, Brown was emerging as a viable short-yardage back. He carried 73 times for 385 yards, a 5.3 yards per carry average.
Think about it for a second. A combination of Brown and Wilson would give the Giants an ideal mix of power and speed that they haven’t had before.
Bradshaw is good at a lot of different things and is a very well-rounded back. But, he doesn’t provide the extremes that both Wilson and Brown would give to the Giants’ offense.
Now, the Giants haven’t been bad on the ground this season. Its 15th-ranked total rushing offense has helped keep the team afloat this season. The running game is something Eli Manning and most good quarterbacks rely on.
But with the possibilities of having a back like Wilson more heavily involved in the offense has to excite everyone involved.
Well, except for Ahmad Bradshaw.
There is no telling what the Giants actually have in store for their three-headed backfield. But, one thing is certainly clear in New York: Running the football isn’t going to be a problem any time soon.
They say two people are good company, but three is definitely a crowd.