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Could Toby Gerhart Be the Back the New York Giants are Looking For?

February 21st, 2014 at 1:30 PM
By Billy Javed

As free agency rumors continue to pick up speed, it appears as though one of the New York Giants' top priorities in free agency is to acquire a running back. In just the past week alone, rumors and reports have hinted towards the Giants targeting running backs such as Knowshon Moreno and James Starks. You can now add another name to that list: Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart.

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Gerhart is unlikely to re-sign with the Vikings and will be testing free agency. It also lists the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Giants as potential suitors.

The former Stanford product was a second-round pick for the Vikings in 2010, but unfortunately has had to play behind one of the best, if not the best running backs in the NFL in Adrian Peterson.

Gerhart is yet another back that can either shoulder the load as a solo back, or at least be a valuable grind-it-out type of runner in a rotation or committee approach. Like James Starks, Gerhart runs hard, has the potential to be a starter, is entering his fifth season in the league, and most importantly does not have much wear and tear on his body playing behind Adrian Peterson. Considering Gerhart doesn’t have the body of work that Moreno has over his career, his value likens to that of James Starks and could be a cheap addition to the Giants backfield.

The six-foot, 230-pound Gerhart played in 14 games in 2014 while having arguably his best season with the Viking. He carried the ball 36 times for 283 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry while also rushing for two touchdowns.

Although the numbers are not particularly mind blowing, the yards per carry are relatively impressive considering the lack of playmakers on the Vikings offense outside of Peterson, especially when coupled with the team’s less than stellar quarterback play. Again this is all just rumors and speculation. Only thing we can say with some certainty is that the Giants are targeting a running back. Until one is found, we here at Giants 101 will look to bring you all the possible names with rumored ties to the New York Giants.


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18 Responses to “Could Toby Gerhart Be the Back the New York Giants are Looking For?”

  1.  jerseyrich says:

    He catches the ball too. I like the idea of getting this guy.

  2.  Krow says:

    Isn’t he going to want a chance to be the featured #1 RB ?

  3.  jerseyrich says:

    I think he and brown would both get 12-15 carries a game if we somehow got him….that would give him twice as many carries as he’s ever had before.

  4.  James Stoll says:

    Ugh on the Coughlin extension

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    He’s a good kid and a tough football player. Also given the fact that he has less wear and tear on him from running behind AP, is an added bonus.

    I’ve watched my fair share of Viking football the past 5 years (family in MN), and i’ve always came unimpressed with him. I just think guys like Starks, Moreno, even Hillis fit in better than him.

    anyway, im not the GM. Soooo, whatever

  6.  James Stoll says:

    As to Gerhart, at an average of 2.5 carries per game and as the occasional change of pace from AP, who can say he’s any good

    •  jerseyrich says:

      Its hard to say if he’s really any great shakes, but even in the year where he had 109 rushes (his most), he averaged 4.9 per carry which is not too shabby. He probably comes way cheaper than Moreno, a little cheaper than starks, and at this stage has got to have more in the tank than a guy like hillis.

      I also like that in his very limited time on the field, he still averaged about 20 catches a year, and that was pretty much playing with scrub QB’s.

  7.  JT Jumbo says:

    I don’t want any of the RBs the Giants are rumored to be interested in. Gerhart is the worst of the 3. I’d rather draft Tre Mason in the 2nd round, let Wilson have a chance and keep a veteran like Hillis in case of injury

    •  jerseyrich says:

      We cant waste a 2nd round pick on a running back. Gerhardt probably is the worst of the 3 guys being rumored, but he’ll also be the cheapest. If we draft a RB it would probably be somebody like the BC kid in the 4th or 5th.

      •  buljos says:

        I know he has a lot of miles on him, but if he’s there in the 4th Carlos Hyde, or if not then Jeremy Hill. I like Hyde more for his excellent pass pro skills… I guess I’m still in shock at the lack of blocking last season… get blockers. Hyde, Niklas, Yankey, Xu’a-Filo, Richburg… get blockers.

  8.  Nosh.0 says:

    My motto has always been “Just say no……. to white running backs.” It hasn’t really gotten me any where in life, but it makes watching football much more enjoyable.

  9.  PittsburghJim says:

    James Starks & Toby G are soooooo uninspiring their respective teams couldnt care less if they leave.

    And….we already have Toby. His name is…Peyton H.

    Lets hope our team does something that we all go….”uh, cool…good move.”

    Now THAT would be shocking.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      Unfortunately, those are the caliber of RB’s we’ll probably have to target if we sign a FA. I cant see the Giants being able to afford any sort of real money on the position. Id personally love to get Blount but I cant see us affording him.

  10.  BigBlueGiant says:

    With Eli, Hillis and Gerhart…. We might have just won the “whitest team” award.

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