Three Giants beat writers answered a question about RB Rashad Jennings’ injury issues last year, making the Giants more likely to split carries at running back a little more.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Regardless of Jennings’ injury history, the Giants are going to split carries because they have three very talented running backs that all deserve to touch the ball. I expect Jennings to be the bell cow with help from Williams, Vereen to be the third down back, and for Williams to get a lot of goal line and short yardage carries.
DAN SALOMONE: Regardless of any injuries, I think the running backs are all going to see a fair share of carries this season because they all bring something a little different to the table. Jennings is an all-around back, Andre Williams is a bruiser, and newly-signed Shane Vereen is a third-down threat out of the backfield.
LANCE MEDOW: The Giants will likely split carries at running back a little more this season but I think it has more to do with the depth in the backfield than Rashad Jennings’ injury issues in 2014. With Andre Williams coming off a productive rookie campaign and Shane Vereen adding some versatility and veteran experience, those two will take away some carries from Jennings just like Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw spread the wealth in 2008.
All three writers seem to feel the same way: Jennings should get a bulk of the early down work with Williams a change of pace and short yardage guy, and, Vereen seeing a lot of time on third down. We have Jennings ranked 26th which puts him in the flex/RB3 zone. Vereen is 38th overall but will likely be rated higher in PPR rankings. Both Jennings and Vereen present middle-of-the-draft value, but will come with risks week-to-week depending on matchups.
On the New York Giants' unofficial depth chart, there is just one position that has two starters listed for one spot.
David Wilson and Andre Brown are both listed as the starting running back. Even though the depth chart is “unofficial,” it’s an indication of how both backs will play a significant role this season.
No matter who starts, Wilson and Brown should see their share of carries and opportunities. Tom Coughlin has indicated that he will ride the hot hand and will go with a two-back system. If the coach has his way, Coughlin would have a third back to sprinkle in like he did when he had Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward.
Wilson can score from anywhere on the field and is far more explosive, but Brown will likely get goal line work. Wilson is ranked 19th on our list while Brown is 29th. Owning Brown if you're a Wilson owner may not be a bad idea if you can swing it. We've seen Wilson go into the doghouse rather quickly last year so it may not take much for him to get there in 2013 as well. But if Wilson excels, it would likely be hard to keep away touches from him.
Texans RB Arian Foster (quadricep, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Whew! Foster's "probable" tag means he's very likely to play, so the Texans were just giving him some extra rest. Ben Tate (groin, achilles, probable) and Derrick Ward (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and are probable for Week 6. Tate should be Foster's primary backup.
Texans RB Ben Tate (groin, achilles) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Derrick Ward (ankle) also took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Tate should serve as Foster's backup.