The New York Giants needed depth badly at running back before Sunday night’s game against the Packers, and went Andre Brown’s leg snapped they needed it even worse.
Enter: former Redskins running back Ryan Torain.
The Giants have signed Torain to replace Andre Brown, who broke his leg in Sunday night’s win over Green Bay. Torain looked like he would become the new feature back in Washington when he busted out nearly 1,000 yards and six touchdowns through the first ten games of the 2010 season. But that seems like long ago, and we all know how little Mike Shanahan cares for running backs, as the man goes through them faster than my grandmother went through packs of cigarettes.
In addition to Torain, the Giants have rookie David Wilson and an almost completely healthy Ahmad Bradshaw. New York also signed former Seahawks and Buccaneers running back Kregg Lumpkin to balance the speed with the brawn out of the backfield. Lumpkin is lesser known than all three of the running backs on the Giants roster, but ask Andre Brown about how that worked out for him.
The depth chart doesn’t reflect who will get a majority of the work, or if we will see a New England style offense that trots out a different running back every play it seems. David Wilson hasn’t totally grasped the idea of pass protection and is still pretty much blind when it comes to picking up blitzes.
No matter who they put out there, one thing is certain; the Giants have plenty of running backs to figure out who fits best.