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Ex-Cowboys Executive Gil Brandt: Andre Williams Can Have Major Impact for New York Giants in 2014

June 10th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants running game was seen a major weakness in 2013 and one that was a bit of a carousel of personnel due to injuries, which may have lead to the unproductiveness at the position.

Gone are Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott and Brandon Jacobs; who have left via free agency or in Jacobs case, retirement. Peyton Hillis was brought back, David Wilson is attempting to play after undergoing neck surgery, and they signed Rashad Jennings from the Oakland Raiders. But the one name that people are really getting excited over is Andre Williams.

Williams, the team's fourth-round draft choice out of Boston College in the 2014 NFL Draft, rushed for over 2,000 yards last season and why the Giants were willing to use another draft pick on a running back just two years after taking Wilson with a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Former Dallas Cowboys executive and now NFL.com's Gil Brandt talked about several players who will make impacts for their new teams this season and Brandt talked about how Williams will make a great impact for the Giants.

"The Giants love to run, and they should be able to find work for Williams, who, in addition to being a very strong runner with good balance and quickness, will be useful in pass protection as a blocker. He had an outstanding senior year at Boston College, compiling the most rushing yards in the country (2,177). Williams is not a great receiver, but he is very smart and has excellent vision."

For 29 years, Brandt was the Cowboys chief talent scout until Jerry Jones bought and took over the team and then let Brandt go of his services, but during Brandt's time, he was able to scout some of the best players in the league while the team was coached by Tom Landry, so Brandt's eye for talent is an obvious one. So his high praise for Williams can be taken as a great sign for a rookie who can help a unit for the Giants that struggled last season and can help turn it around.

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Tags: Andre Brown, Andre Williams, Brandon Jacobs, David Wilson, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Peyton Hillis, Rashad Jennings

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One Response to “Ex-Cowboys Executive Gil Brandt: Andre Williams Can Have Major Impact for New York Giants in 2014”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    This is just one area of the team for which the strengths should be more understood by informed fans than by the national media that takes a 30,000 foot view of the teams around the league. The Giants WILL have a solid running game, which could become a LOT better than “solid” if David Wilson can play and McAdoo properly integrates his skills into the offense. Jennings is pretty good. Williams is a lot better than “pretty good” and could become a #1 back for the vast majority of teams in the NFL, and Wilson is a “wild card” that most teams simply do not have. This is all a secret to many, but it shouldn’t be to us.

    I also think those who are treating the front seven on defense as a weakness are going to be quite surprised. They are assuming JPP never returns to what he was for two seasons, that Hankins and Moore are “just youngsters” who need much more seasoning, and that McClain is washed up. I think they’ll prove wrong on almost every count.

    The tight end situation, and the offensive line, and the effectiveness of Beckham as a rookie, are all legitimate questions about this team that will have dramatic effect upon how far they can go (and could hold them back), but there are potentially good answers to each of those questions. We’ll have to await the season to see how things play out, but fans should be excited about the 2014 campaign because, at worst, we’re going to see a team building toward contention for a few more championships over the next 3-4 years. At best….well, why can’t the Giants be the surprise team this season?

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