The New York Giants made sure this offseason that a repeat situation of a year ago regarding their running back situation would not happen again because of injuries.
So while David Wilson recovered from neck injury to correct the spinal stenosis injury he suffered this past October, the team locked up Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings to a four-year deal, re-signed Peyton Hillis to a two-year deal and then on Saturday, drafted Andre Williams out of Boston College in the fourth round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Plus, the team still has second-year back Michael Cox on the roster as well to go along with Wilson too.
That hopefully will help with the running back situation, especially if Wilson can be fully healthy and recovered from the neck injury he suffered some seven months ago and on Monday, Giants general manager Jerry Reese spoke with Bob Papa on his Sirius XM Radio show and told the Giants radio play-by-play voice that while he fully expects Wilson to be cleared and ready to go for training camp this summer, he simply could not pass up on drafting Williams when he was still there in the fourth round.
Some have said that if Wilson even plays at all in 2014, it would be considered an added bonus to the Giants roster, but every time Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin mention Wilson, they are in the mind set that their former first round pick from the 2012 NFL Draft will be in pads and ready to play. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News mentioned how that Wilson is not only on the field for the Giants, but he's also taking reps too, which is another sign in the right direction.
For the Boston College Eagles in 2013, Williams had an impressive 355 carries for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns and thus, why Reese simply couldn't pass up that kind of opportunity to add such a player when Williams was available. So whether Wilson is able to return to the Giants or not, the Giants general manager has made sure to give Jennings and Hillis a very suitable backup and at times, a change-of-pace replacement that can help the team going forward and if needed, give Wilson extra rest for his neck so they can avoid another serious injury for a second straight year.
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