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Andre Williams rushes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))
Andre Williams rushes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))

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When the Giants drafted RB Andre Williams in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, they felt they were getting a highly productive player that could push the pile and make the tough yards on third down.

"Andre Williams, running back, Boston College - well-known, big back, a lot of production, power runner, can bang inside and has the speed to take it for big runs if he breaks into the secondary. A very good value for us, gives us some more depth at our running back position, creates a lot of competition. We think he's going to be there but we couldn't pass up the value of a running back like this, of this caliber, at this point in the draft." - GM Jerry Reese, May 10, 2014.

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New York Giants running back Andre Williams (44) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Giants 27-10. (William Hauser)
New York Giants running back Andre Williams (44) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Giants 27-10. (William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Back in February, Ben McAdoo predicted that running back Andre Williams was primed for "a bounce-back year" for the Giants. And he warned everyone that "it may be early" to give up on the former fourth-round pick.

Now it's six months later. Is it still too early to give up?

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(Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's a good bet that Eli Manning and Odell Beckham will spend all of Thursday night standing on the sidelines. Victor Cruz and most of the starting offensive line figure to play, though only for a series or two. Same goes for much of the starting defense.

In other words, if you want to see anything that matters, don't blink.

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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

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Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

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Andre Williams rushes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))
Andre Williams rushes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))

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Giants' third year RB Andre Williams ended the 2015 season with some very unimpressive stats and his future with Big Blue is in doubt. The former Boston College star who led the nation in scoring in 2013, took major steps back in his second season with the Giants after logging just two 100-yard performances and scoring seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2014.

Williams rushed for only 257 yards on 88 carries with one TD last season as a result of being pushed to the rear of the Giants' four-man, backfield-by-committee approach the team resorted to in their pass-first offense.

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(William Hauser)

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On the first day of his first training camp, Ben McAdoo didn't shy away from his own high expectations. Despite taking over a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2011, he insisted "Our goal is still to put the fifth trophy in the case."

He wasn't talking about sometime in the future, either. The Giants entered camp believing they have a roster to make a run now.

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New York Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson talks about last year's RB rotation and Rashad Jennings being the lead back in 2016.

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The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball.

It won't be all him, of course, but it looks like he'll be the workhorse in the Giants' backfield - at least as long as he's productive and healthy. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings runs the ball during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings runs the ball during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants' running backs were relegated to spectators last season with the team throwing the ball 61.7 percent of the time, leading to an inconsistent rushing attack amid their four-player running back-by-committee rotation.

The Giants gained 1,609 rushing yards on 403 attempts (a 4.0 YPC average) in 2015, averaging 100.6 yards per game, which ranked 18th in the NFL.

But the real issues were not production-based. Then-offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who has been promoted to head coach, was quick to pull the plug on the running game early in games and rarely stuck with one back for any length of time.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants' major focus this past offseason was to rebuild their decimated defense, and they made major moves to do so, but they also added some significant pieces to their already powerful offense.

The club has one of the league's top passing attacks, led by WR Odell Beckham Jr., but were searching for some depth behind their superstar. Since Victor Cruz has missed the team's last 26 games with multiple leg injuries, the Giants wanted to bring in some insurance, courting several veteran free agents but falling short in signing them.

Instead, they snared Oklahoma playmaker Sterling Shepard in the second round of April's NFL Draft. Pundits and draftniks began praising the pick immediately. The Giants may have gotten the biggest steal of the draft, they said.

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(William Hauser)

The Giants begin the first of their ten OTAs Monday morning at the Quest Dignostic Training Center and there is a lot of newness to digest as the entire roster takes the field. There are many questions that need to be answered this summer and the process to find those answers starts today.

So, what will we be looking for in these ten non-contact sessions, which will include 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on 11 drills?

On offense, the focus will be on integrating the new additions and finding the right combination on the offensive line. The Giants are hoping second-round pick Sterling Shepard will emerge as a presence at wide receiver and take some pressure off superstar Odell Beckham, Jr.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.

GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.

But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.

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SNY.tv looks at the highlights of UCLA running back and Giants 5th round draft pick Paul Perkins.

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The Giants came into the new NFL season aiming to add some more zest to their already formidable offense. They are a "pass-first" outfit with the pitch-and-catch combination of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., but their running game has taken a back seat the past two seasons under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who is now the head coach.

The Giants passed on 61.7 percent of their offensive plays in 2015, which was the 12th highest percentage in the league. They rushed the ball only when they had to, it seemed, and broke away from the running game way too soon in many games.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings finds a hole during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings finds a hole during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants' rushing game is considered one of the league's least-used and least-productive in the NFL. That perception is probably generated due to the fact they don't have that "bell cow" runner to carry the mail like some other team.

Rashad Jennings, whom GM Jerry Reese described as that type of back two years ago, led the team in attempts (195), yards (863) and yards per carry (4.4) last season. The numbers aren't bad considering he had to share carries with three other backs.

The Giants' second back is Andre Williams, who seems to be stuck in neutral. He averaged 2.9 yards per attempt. Then there is Shane Vereen, who is more of a receiver than scrimmage runner, especially considering he finished second on the club in receptions behind WR Odell Beckham Jr. last year. Orleans Darkwa is the fourth back who seems to inject life into the offense every time he steps on the field.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs the ball against the New York Jets during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs the ball against the New York Jets during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The New York Giants' running game has been somewhat of a four-headed monster this season.

The only problem is the monster hasn't been very scary. Tame might be more accurate.

The weekly plan of alternating Rashad JenningsShane VereenAndre Williams and Orleans Darkwa just hasn't worked.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings jumps over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jude Adjei-Barimah during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings jumps over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jude Adjei-Barimah during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants' running game has been somewhat of a four-headed monster this season.

The only problem is the monster hasn't been very scary. Tame might be more accurate.

The weekly plan of alternating Rashad JenningsShane VereenAndre Williams and Orleans Darkwa just hasn't worked.

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Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants' running game is lost right now. Gaining only 3.8 yards per carry, it is the thing the Giants do when they need a rest from passing. Using four different backs, the Giants have only scored three touchdowns on the ground this season. Conversely, they've only fumbled once and did not lose it.

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo told reporters on Friday the running game is set to take off. They just haven't been able to get going, but it's not too late. In evaluating what has been happening over the bye week, McAdoo revealed what he saw on tape these past two weeks.

"In the run game, we were winning the down at a fairly decent clip," he said. "We need to eliminate the zero and negative yardage runs that hurt you. The other thing we do is when we get a chance to have a one-on-one, we need to break an arm tackle and take it to the house, that's something we haven't done."

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Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis will handle the running back duties with Rashad Jennings on the shelf. The team also added Michael Cox from the practice squad.

Tom Coughlin is confident in Williams and Hillis, and has a plan for them heading into Philly.

"We expect him to be what he was a week ago, a downhill, north-south runner, which is what he does very, very well," Coughlin said of Williams.

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When the Giants selected Boston College RB Andre Williams in the fourth round of last April's NFL Draft, the rumblings were that they got themselves a steal. Williams led the NCAA in rushing in 2013 and was named the nation's top back, winning the Doak Walker Award, and never should have slipped in the daft as far as he did.

In preseason, Williams averaged 5.1 yards per carry (38 rushes for 195 yards) and scored twice validating those rumblings. The Giants, indeed, may have hit paydirt with Williams.

But so far in the regular season (I know, it's only two games), Williams has not looked like that powerful back that could break off a big run at any time. He's been hesitant and is not exhibiting the same explosiveness. He has just 13 carries for 21 yards (1.6 YPC) and two receptions for seen yards.

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Just over a day after Andre Williams set off Jets coach Rex Ryan, the Giants rookie took to twitter to try to clear things up (Daily News, August 21).

Williams said Thursday that one of his quotes had been blown out of proportion - though he did add that "there can only be one winner" in Friday night's Jets-Giants match up.

?Smh, boy I probably shouldn?t even say nething more bcuz sometimes things get taken outta context,? Williams tweeted in reference to calling the Giants the "real New York Team".

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Rex Ryan was ready Wednesday when asked about Giants rookie running back Andre Williams' comment to the New York Post that he thinks "the Giants are the real New York team."

"Yeah, the last time I saw (Williams), ?he was getting smoked by Clemson," Ryan said of Williams, a former Boston College player who was held to 70 yards by Clemson last fall?(AP, Aug. 20).

The Jets meet the Giants Friday at MetLife Stadium.

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RB Andre Williams led the NCAA in rushing at Boston College in 2013, but was not selected in the 2014 NFL Draft until the fourth round by the Giants.

Williams was said to be a poor receiver, and it was a huge knock against him coming into the draft. He can't catch the football out of the backfield, they said.

As it turns out, the problem wasn't that Williams couldn't catch the football. The issue was that he was not asked to catch the football at the collegiate level. He was strictly utilized as a scrimmage runner.

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After a season in which the Giants had to take to the streets to find healthy running backs, they went out and fortified their backfield this offseason bye signing Rashad Jennings in free agency and drafting BC's Andre Williams in the fourth round of the draft.

Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin -- the old Syracuse running back -- not only wants to re-establish the team's rushing attack, wants it to be dominant again. From Rotoworld:

After a recent visit with Tom Coughlin, ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the fourth-round selection of Andre Williams is a sign the Giants "want to retake the line of scrimmage."Williams is a downhill, no-nonsense power back in the style of Michael Turner. His weakness is the passing game, where Williams simply can't catch. Mort said his "takeaway" after the Coughlin visit was, "Who says we have to throw to him?" If Williams can pass block, he can stay on the field in passing situations even if the Giants aren't feeding him targets. Turner functioned in that way in Atlanta, Stevan Ridley in New England, and Ryan Grant in Green Bay.

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RB Andre Williams of Boston College is entering this spring's NFL Draft as somewhat of a dark horse. Even though Williams was bestowed with the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top back, he is still widely unknown. That is sure to change over the next six weeks.

From Joe Vasile of Giants Rush:

With the Giants rushing game ranked 30th?in DVOA in 2013, according to Football Outsiders, certainly there is a great need to infuse some new talent into the ground game.? Reese has already started that process by signing guard Geoff Schwartz and running back Rashad Jennings, while allowing lineman Kevin Boothe to leave via free agency, cutting center David Baas, and not resigning backup lineman Jim Cordle, or Brown or Scott.

It would not be surprising to see the Giants continue to rebuild what was once one of the best running games in the NFL when the draft rolls around in two months.

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