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In Addition to Joseph Addai, New York Giants Work Out Seven Other Players Including Ryan Torain

November 15th, 2012 at 3:30 PM
By Paul Tierney

Although the New York Giants are not dealing with the devastating rash of injuries that plagued the team in previous years, Big Blue still has a few holes on their roster that could use some help. With Ahmad Bradshaw's health in doubt, the Giants brought in a slew of free agent running backs earlier this week for private workouts. The only initial name released among those players was former Indianapolis Colts standout tailback Joseph Addai. However, today we learned that the list of players was significantly longer and had at least one more intriguing name.

Joseph Addai, James Carmon, Bubba Forrest, Dante Hughes, Kregg Lumpkin, Trumaine McBride, Mewelde Moore, Curtis Painter, Ryan Torain, and Jabara Williams all worked out with Big Blue. The Giants are in the midst of their bye week, so there is no better time to take a look at what is left on the free agent scrap heap.

Besides Addai, the most accomplished name on that list is running back Ryan Torain. Torain made a name for himself in 2010 with the Washington Redskins. Although he fell victim to Mike Shanahan's running back by committee system, Torain averaged 4.5 yards per carry for the Redskins. However, his statistics dropped significantly in 2011 and Torain was passed unclaimed through waivers at the end of the season.

The Giants' sudden fascination with trying out damaged goods for depth at running back should have fans concerned with the health of Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw has a neck injury that  may force him to miss some time. With Andre Brown and David Wilson both lacking experience in the backfield, Big Blue may need to sign a veteran to help carry the load.

The team also took a look at cornerbacks Dante Hughes, Trumaine McBride and Bubba Forrest. With Michael Coe on the injured reserve, the Giants may be looking to add another cornerback for depth and for special teams purposes. Hughes spent part of training camp with the Giants, so his knowledge of the defensive system would make him the favorite.

Big Blue has not yet signed any of these players. Furthermore, there is a good chance they never will. It's not unusual for teams to have workouts and leave without signing a single person. However, the Giants have a roster spot to fill after placing Markus Kuhn on the season ending Injured Reserve (IR). So there is a good chance that we will see the team sign someone before they begin preparations for the Green Bay Packers next week.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Dante Hughes, David Wilson, Football, free agent, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Joseph Addai, Markus Kuhn, Michael Coe, New York, New York Giants, NFL

19 Responses to “In Addition to Joseph Addai, New York Giants Work Out Seven Other Players Including Ryan Torain”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    I have no idea what they should do but I know this: whomever ran out-of-bounds on the punt Weatherford made in the first quarter that upon re-kick resulted in a long return after the Bengals should have been pinned deep in their own territory should be replaced as a gunner and perhaps dumped. I assume the guy ran out to avoid blocks because since no member of the Giants actually touched the ball down the penalty HAD to be for that as opposed to having been out and then being the one to down the ball. Had he been driven out by the return team that is not a penalty unless he comes down and touches the punt down.

    So it was probably a pussified effort by someone, and one that dearly cost the Giants. Wish I knew who that guy was. He deserves our opprobrium. If this tryout is partly directed toward getting that guy off the cover team I’m more than okay with that.

  2.  TonyMW says:

    Now Ryan Torain is better than the other guys that have been brought in. He’s a hard runner and actually had a pretty productive year in 2010. Problem is that he’s been injured like 2,600 times.

  3.  jfunk says:

    Just figured we could use a pick me up:

    Tiki Barber will hang out with you for $2,000.

    So, things could be worse.

  4.  nynate says:

    BLU-82 says:
    November 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I honestly believe the Giants wanted Wilson. Garafolo defended this last week on twitter. He said he had sources tell him BEFORE the draft that they liked Wilson a lot.

    Everyone could see that Martin had an immediate impact skillset, but we chose to draft someone like Wilson for a reason (Well, we didn’t get to make a decision but if MG is right we wouldn’ve gone Wilson anyway).

    - Its common knowledge that Reese is one of the best and smartest GMs in the NFL so it wouldn’t surprise me if he had thought through all possible eventualities in the draft.
    If he really wanted Martin then he would gain nothing by telling people that. He knows that other GMs probably look to him for a bit of knowledge and by saying that he wanted Martin, then that would draw more attention toward teams drafting him ahead of the Giants pick. By telling people that he wanted Wilson, then he moves the spotlight onto him as being the “best back in the draft” and makes it more likely that Martin will be there at 32 and he comes out looking like a genius that swindled everyone by picking him. If Martin gets taken anyway, then he can fall back on the fact that he told people that he wanted Wilson anyway and Wilson is happy and doesn’t think of himself as a second prize.

  5.  Krow says:

    Looks like Jacobs has Tweeted himself into a controversy in Ninerland.

    •  TonyMW says:

      Yeah, he has a history of saying some questionable things and then deleting them. He does tweet me back fairly often, so that’s cool….

      •  Krow says:

        Wouldn’t surprise me to see him get the ax … and end up back here. The fans hate him out there.

        •  TonyMW says:

          I was just gonna say….I’d welcome him back in a heartbeat. In anything for his heart and fire. So in essence, for his heart of fire (Cue Earth, Wind a Fire’s “That’s the Way of the World)

          I just saw someone ask him on Twitter, “How’s Frisco treating ya?” His response? “Terrible”.

          I wonder if he’s regretting leaving yet?

          •  TonyMW says:

            Btw….I love Jacobs, but I think he severely over valued himself money-wise and physically. Did he really think he was gonna play while they had Gore, Hunter and Dixon? Then they drafted James to make it even worse.

            If he stayed here, he probably would’ve at least beat out Scott. So worst case scenario is he’s in the same position he currently is, but at least he’s still “home”. He’s definitely not what he used to be, but the O-line was part of the problem also. If Bradshaw goes down I would rather him be the 3rd option than some scrub off the street.

  6.  Dirt says:

    The Giants sudden fascination with trying out damaged goods for depth at running back should have fans concerned with the health of Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw has a neck injury that  may force him to miss some time. With Andre Brown and David Wilson both lacking experience in the backfield, Big Blue may need to sign a veteran to help carry the load.


    Except it doesn’t worry fans, because it already happened this year, and the replacement tore it up.

    •  Dirt says:

      Against the current #1 and #12 rushing defenses, nonetheless (measured by yards per carry)

      •  TonyMW says:

        To take that one step further, Brown has had more success (4.6 ypc) against the Bucs (3.5 ypc allowed) than any RB with at least 10 carries besides Alfred Morris (5.4 ypc) and Adrian Peterson (8.2 ypc).

        Against the Panthers (4.1 ypc allowed) he had more success (5.6 ypc) than anyone except for Alfred Morris (5.8 ypc) and Michael Turner (7.9 ypc).

        Pretty impressive if you ask me.

  7.  Nosh.0 says:

    I love to drink Kool Aid, especially Jerry Reese flavored Kool Aid, but he’s made a few mistakes this season, although just a few.

    1. Having Barden and Beckum on the roster. Both these guys lack the ability required to play in the NFL. Yet because TC can only play guys on the roster, he is forced to sometimes put these guys on the field, which results in the Giants having a disadvantage.

    2. In 2010 he prematurely IRed Cruz. While I don’t doubt Cruz was dealing with a hamstring problem, I do doubt the severity of it. I believe the move was made so they didn’t have to risk losing him to another team. Flash forward a few weeks when almost all of our WR’s were injured and the Cruz IR looked like a mistake. I believe JR made the same mistake with Michael Coe this season. While his hammy is clearly a problem, if we suffer any injuries at CB going forward, the placement of Coe on IR could be costly.

    Now time for some more Whiskey, I mean Kool Aid.

    •  Dirt says:

      On a slight, only roundabout related note, we’re approaching the point of the season where it becomes foolish to not use the temporary IR tag. Or maybe we’ve past it. What is it again, 8 weeks? Meaning someone put on the list next game is eligible for return in the NFCC or Super Bowl?

      Don’t know why Coe was permanently IR’d and Tryon was kept.

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