It's hard to address this position not knowing whether or not Ahmad Bradshaw will return. This grade will assume that he is re-signed. Bradshaw has developed into a great all around running back who, despite the fumbles, was one of the Giants’ offensive MVPs last season. The problem is, if he ever has a season where he touches the ball as often as he did last year, it could be his last. He is best suited to be part of a backfield platoon.
Brandon Jacobs is the other side of that two-headed monster. Despite many people proclaiming him done as an NFL contributor, Jacobs quietly had one of his best seasons. He may not bowl people over the way he used to, but by limiting the wear and tear on his body, Jacobs was able to produce the most economical season of his career: the 5.6 yards per carry was a career best, and the 823 yards and 9 touchdowns are fantastic numbers from a “backup.” Tom Coughlin needs to utilize more of an even share between Bradshaw and Jacobs.
Danny Ware has shown little in the regular season to make me believe he’s more than RB depth. Rookie Da’Rel Scott, on the other hand, has an intriguing skill set (speed, hands) that leads some to believe he can be Wind to Jacobs’ Earth and Bradshaw’s Fire.
The biggest knock on this group is the lack of a true fullback. Bear Pascoe filled in admirably and provided Manning with a reliable, if unspectacular target out of the backfield, but he is not a natural fullback. Madison Hedgecock was lost to injury, but his play has slipped the last two seasons.
The Giants have been one of the best rushing units in the NFL the past few years, but the wear and tear is a concern. The talent is still there for this team to put forth a dominating ground attack, but they'll have to avoid the injury bug and do a better job ob divvying up carries in order for the unit to reach its full potential.