Should the Giants Start Ahmad Bradshaw in 2010?

Steve ChottCorrespondent IMay 12, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Brandon Jacobs #27 and Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants celebrate after Jacobs scored a 74 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In 2008, the New York Giants had the best rushing game in the NFL. But when the 2009 season came, 1,000 yard rusher Derrick Ward left for Tampa Bay and the running game began to struggle.

In 2009, Brandon Jacobs only played 11 games and rushed for 683 yards with 3 touchdowns. His 2009 season was far worse than his 2008 injury plagued season in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

After your bruising running back has a season like this, the New York Giants coaching staff needs to take a step back and think about their starting running back position.

Along with Jacobs, the New York Giants also have speedy back Ahmad Bradshaw and second year back Danny Ware.

Last season with Jacobs out, Ahmad Bradshaw stepped in and rushed for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Obviously with two talented running backs the Giants need to think about starting Bradshaw over Jacobs. With his bruising style of running, Brandon Jacobs gets hurt often and hasn't played a full 16 games since taking over for Tiki Barber in 2007. Bradshaw has missed a combined two games in the past two years.

I am not suggesting that the Giants quit on Jacobs, especially because they gave him a new four year 25 million dollar contract last season, but I think it's time for them to give Bradshaw the shot at running back.

Jacobs will be a useful third down and short yardage running back and for when teams get tired. I think he should pass the starting job over to Ahmad Bradshaw.

If the Ahmad Bradshaw experiment doesn't work, then the Giants would simply start Jacobs for the remainder of the season.

But for the start of the 2010 season, Ahmad Bradshaw should be the starting running back.