Examining the New York Giants' Open Competition for Third Running Back Spot

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Examining the New York Giants' Open Competition for Third Running Back Spot
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
RB Michael Cox bursts through an open hole.

Thunder and lightning.

New York Giants fans have witnessed it before.  A power back whose forte it is to bowl over defenders for a pivotal first down accompanied by a zippy runner with the ability to break off a big gain at a moment's notice.  It is the much desired yin and yang of an offensive backfield.

The Giants seem to possess that running back combination once again in current co-starters Andre Brown and David Wilson, the former being thunder and the latter lightning.  Both players have a chance to excel in New York's potent 2013 offensive mix, despite their contrastive running styles.

But the adage has grown stale, proven cliché both in words and on the field.  A "thunder and lightning" backfield does not strike the same fear in an opponent it once did.  Many teams need an additional element—thunder, lightning and...rain?

Clearly the catchphrase has yet to catch up with the offensive backfield combination NFL teams now utilize.  The Giants won't employ a true running back by committee approach; Brown and Wilson are sure to be the two main ball carriers.  But head coach Tom Coughlin claims that a third back could find his way into the mélange, and he insists that his team currently has a "great competition for the third spot."

So let's take a closer look at this competition.  Click through the slideshow to find out more about the three players currently vying for a slice of New York's running back timeshare.  

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