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New York Giants Have Spoken with Agents of Ryan Grant, Kevin Smith: Report

September 3rd, 2013 at 3:10 PM
By Doug Rush

With the New York Giants placing Andre Brown on short-term Injured Reserve (IR) with a designation to return on Tuesday, General Manager Jerry Reese is looking for veteran options to help fill Brown's shoes while he is on the sidelines recovering.

'Ryan Grant (25) breaks loose for a 56-yard touchdown run' photo (c) 2009, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Because Brown is on short-term IR, he is not eligible to come back to the team until after Week 8, and since the Giants have a bye week in Week 9, the first week Brown would be able to play if healthy would be Week 10, so the need for another running back comes into play.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has reported that the Giants have contacted the agents for running backs Ryan Grant, Kevin Smith and others.

"But I've heard they've spoken to the agents of Ryan Grant, Kevin Smith, among others. A vet likely wouldn't be signed until Week 2," he tweeted.

From the way Vacchiano made it sound, the Giants will simply go with the three running backs on the roster for the time being with David Wilson getting the bulk of the carries and either Da'Rel Scott or Michael Cox getting worked in as the change-of-pace back when they play the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 on Sunday night's season opener.

Vacchiano also mentioned that the Giants shouldn't rule out signing Tim Hightower; a player that the Giants had interest in during the offseason and had in for a visit, but was not signed.

"I was told not to rule out RB Tim Hightower at some point, either. Giants worked him out this spring. They don't bring in guys for no reason," he tweeted.

Along with Grant, Smith and Hightower, the two running backs that fans continue to bring up for the Giants are Michael Turner and Brandon Jacobs, who are both still available on the free agent market and unsigned.

Grant was a member of the Giants during the 2005 and 2006 season, but was traded to the Green Bay Packers before the 2007 season for a sixth-round draft pick because the Giants had so much depth at running back and felt Grant was expendable. Grant has spent the last six years with the Packers and split the 2012 season with Green Bay and the Washington Redskins. Grant has rushed for 4,148 yards and 27 touchdowns in his six seasons as a pro.

Smith has been with the Detroit Lions for the last five seasons and had two solid seasons in 2008 and 2009, but was hit hard by injuries since then. Hightower showed a lot of promise coming up with the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins, but hasn't played since the 2011 season after being cut during the last moments of the preseason by Washington.

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Tags: Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott, David Wilson, Football, Kevin Smith, Michael Cox, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ryan Grant, Tim Hightower

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11 Responses to “New York Giants Have Spoken with Agents of Ryan Grant, Kevin Smith: Report”

  1.  demo3356 says:

    Would LOVE to see my boy Kevin Smith get a shot with the NYG. Was a huge fan when he was here, met him a few times and really wanted us to draft him a few years back. He was very sold for Detroit whn they called on him last year. Really nice kid too

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      I’d take him over Grant. Did Grant even play last year?

      There are a few other RB’s i’d contact before these two… Turner and McGahee are two of them.

  2.  Aziz Mohamed says:

    Is Wilson THAT bad at blocking or is this just us trying to jump at some depth early in case of an injury to Wilson also?

    •  demo3356 says:

      he’s just not a 25+ touch a game guy at his size and TC/KG like to have a vet around that is strong in pass blocking

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m not a big fan of his but honestly I prefer Torrain over all these mentioned RBs maybe save for Wells. These guys we are looking at have horrible injury history and little of being better than decent except Wells. Dywer seems like such a no brainer considering the other options. He got cut because of work ethic so it would seem that he would be more serious this time around. I’m really surprised he’s still a free agent.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    I’d prefer Torraine since he knows the system and appeared to run hard in the few opportunities he got

    with Brown down and wilson a consensus 15 carry or less guy (until he pulls a Tiki and proves he can handle more) it appears running may well be an afterthought in the offense again this season

    I can’t imagine Coughlin trusting Cox with many if any offensive snaps

    that leaves Scott and he would have to spark almost instantly I would think for TC to trust him on a regular basis

    should be interesting

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Cox won’t be trusted on passing downs, at least early we know that. But I think he can fill in as the short yardage RB. He’s almost as big as Brown and from what I saw he looks like a good inside runner. It’s not that I don’t think Wilson can be successful but short yardage is even more pounding for a RB we NEED to stay healthy. So short yardage is one area that I think Cox is as good or better and we can save some pounding on Wilson. Or we can sign a free agent RB for the same reasons. The idea is we have to use Wilson smartly so he can last the year. With Brown hurt he went from a 13-15 carry per game guy to a 18-20 carry per game now.

  6.  stuh says:

    Scott pass blocked pretty well in pre-season don’t rule him out. He is a big back with speed and if healthy and doesn’t go down the 1st time he is hit he can be better than Grant who maybe on his last legs.

  7.  Kevin Page says:

    Jacobs, LOL. Guy is basically No Gain Dayne with a loud mouth

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