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Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:32 pm

Giants need back who does it all

Williamson By Matt Williamson
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DeAngelo Williams may be the better player, but Ahmad Bradshaw is the most important free-agent running back to his current team. The Carolina Panthers are deep at the position, and losing Williams wouldn't put a massive dent in their promising running game. The New York Giants need Bradshaw.

Unlike Cedric Benson, Bradshaw, a 25-year-old spark plug, does it all. He's a very physical ball carrier. He lacks Benson's bulk and ability to wear down a defense, but Bradshaw is an exceptional short-yardage runner who inflicts plenty of punishment. He is an extremely competitive runner and a handful to get to the ground. But that is just a part of what he brings. He is also very effective outside the tackles and shows excellent elusiveness in space.

Although Bradshaw needs to hold onto the ball better and has fought his share of injuries -- particularly to his feet -- he plays through pain and has missed just two games over the past three seasons. En route to rushing for a whopping 1,235 yards last season, Bradshaw averaged 4.5 yards per rush. He's averaged an impressive 4.8 yards per carry over his career. Bradshaw can break the long run. He also received nearly two-thirds of New York's rushing attempts last season. Only a handful of running backs had a better season than Bradshaw in 2010. He is a complete back.

Bradshaw is also fantastic in the passing game. If you haven't watched him pass block, you are truly missing out. In fact, he might just be the best in all of football at it. Bradshaw also is a fine receiving threat. He caught 47 passes last season, and I expect him to build on that as he masters the nuances of running routes out of the backfield and detaching from the formation to cause matchup problems against linebackers.

Bradshaw is an ascending player who does everything well. If the Giants can retain him, he is poised for a monster season running behind a very good offensive line that endured a lot of injuries last season. If the Giants' stable of wide receivers is healthy enough to keep teams from keying on Bradshaw, look out. The Giants would be in disarray without him.
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Re: Giants need back who does it all

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:33 pm

any thoughts?
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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:07 pm

I really would like to keep Bradshaw around, but from what I keep reading it will be nearly impossible to do that and also sign other positions of need.

It's a wait and see approach as for now until we start hearing some salary numbers.

As I've said before. I like Marion Barber as well. If Barber can come much cheaper than that might be the way to go instead.
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Re: Giants need back who does it all

Post  Big_Pete on Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:44 pm

I like Bradshaw but it depends on the cost.

I do expect Jacobs to shave a little of his deal.

I would love to see Bradshaw or Williams in NYG this season.

But I could equally see us going with a 2nd tier guy like Barber, Snellings or Addai. Which could be the better option, particularly if it lets us get a good LB and FB as well.
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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:03 pm

I'm not interested in Snellings or Addai. If it comes to them 2 then I'm more interested to see what we have in DJ Ware.
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Re: Giants need back who does it all

Post  Big_Pete on Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:16 pm

Tim Hightower is another RB I like. I am not sure he was tendered, so could well be available.

He would be a decent cheaper option Jacobs would be the feature back
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Post  Big_Pete on Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:17 pm

the real question is, who is the better feature back for NYG?

because if it is Brashaw (with a good contract) then maybe Jacobs is expendable?
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