After a night in which the New York Giants rushing attack left us with more questions than answers, sources close to the team say that the Giants will work out free agent running backs Willis McGahee and ex-Giant Brandon Jacobs this week.
The need for the Giants to bring in a veteran presence at running back became even more glaring last night when speedy back David Wilson lost two fumbles which crushed the Giants chances of picking up a road win in Dallas to start the season.
McGahee, who rushed for 731 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games with Denver last season, turns 32 next month. McGahee was released by the Denver Broncos this offseason after a good showing during the 2012 season that was cut short by a significant knee injury late in the year. Despite not working out for any teams this summer, McGahee insists he is fully recovered from the injury.
Brandon Jacobs, a familiar face to Giants fans, spent his first seven season in NY, before struggling to stay healthy with the 49ers season, leading to the veteran back being waived by San Francisco last December.
Both McGahee and Jacobs, would be valuable additions for the Giants, who need to find a steady presence in the backfield while David Wilson works through his problems,
“Give us a little time to work on this thing,” Coughlin said Sunday. “[Wilson] is still very much in our thoughts. He’s got to play — he’s a very talented young man…But you just can’t do that. Every time they touch you, you’re going to turn the ball over?”
If the Giants decide against bringing in a veteran back, Da’Rel Scott, who replaced Wilson on Sunday, and rookie Michael Cox are the only other running backs currently on Giant’s roster.