Giants RB David Wilson, at least for now, is the focal point of the ground game. Last season, Andre Brown emerged as the Giants’ most lethal goal-line runner, scoring eight rushing TDs in 10 games before his season came to an abrupt end because of a broken left leg. Brown seemed to have that role sewn up this summer, too.
“Going into it, (goal line) was mainly his job,” Wilson said. “We had a package where he was the guy to go in and get those tough yards. Now that he’s out, I’m gonna definitely have to step up.”
But HC Tom Coughlin said he’s not worried about Wilson handling short-yardage duties.
“David Wilson, he runs in there hard,” the coach said. “I don’t have a problem with that at all. He’s powerful, he’s compact, he has tremendous leg strength, which is his forte.”
Wilson definitely gets a bump with Brown sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but don't be surprised if the Giants kick the tires on a few veteran RBs (like Willis McGahee, Michael Turner or Beanie Wells).
The Packers feel good about 5-foot-7 back DuJuan Harris and would be satisfied having him share time with somebody else.
Thompson can't be certain that Harris, Alex Green and James Starks are the answer to an improved running attack, but there's enough there that he's not desperate. There are a couple of other options for bettering the talent.
In free agency, there are a number of backs who have had success in the NFL but come with injury and consistency issues. The good news for Thompson is that he can wait most of them out and sign one for a very reasonable price if he wants.
Among those available are Ahmad Bradshaw, Beanie Wells, Peyton Hillis, Justin Forsett and Turner. Bradshaw is the most talented of the group, but he was released from the Giants in part because he has been injury prone and had off-season foot surgery.
With Steven Jackson out of the picture, it looks like the Packers will look for a veteran on the cheap or perhaps draft a rookie RB to add to their committee attack. At this point, Harris looks like the best fantasy bet, but that could change quickly.