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New York Giants Roster Battles: Running Back

Today the New York Giants received a bad piece of news regarding David Wilson, running back that has been unable to perform team activities that would put him at risk of more serious injuries to his neck. His surgically repaired neck has not made enough improvements for Wilson to be cleared for physical contact. This past week he’s been involved in the OTA’s but mainly in kick return drills.

He has another appointment at the doctor on July 21st, one day before the training camp is scheduled to begin. Hopefully he will be able to fully recover and prepare for the season alongside his teammates.

So what’s the picture if he doesn’t manage to make it?

There are four other contenders for the starting position in case Wilson is not physically ready: Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams and Michael Cox.

Andre Williams and Michael Cox are the least favorites to grab the starting gig. Cox is a 7th rounder from the 2013 NFL Draft that has seen a bit of NFL action last year but is still as raw as a player can be, despite showing good potential last season. Considering the offensive changes that the Giants are making, that can actually work well for him in terms of having to learn from scratch like everybody else.

Williams on the other hand is in fact a rookie, having been selected in the 4th round this year by the big blues. The expectations surrounding him are pretty much the expectations that teams have for all rookies – That besides having the much needed high level athleticism, they can understand the system and prove they are willing to put the extra work to be considered a solid roster piece.

Peyton Hills was drafted by the Broncos in 2008 and soon became the starting Running Back for the team after a series of injuries to his teammates. He was at one point the cover of Madden NFL and was always regarded as a potential star. Well, those days are over and the 6 year veteran now has to fight for a better position in the roster depth chart, maybe trying to get back the status he once had. One thing we can be sure is that his motivation to get back to his glory days have to be high, right?

Rashad Jennings is a 5 year veteran out of Liberty. He was drafted in 2009 by the Jaguars and has been playing the backup role pretty much his entire career and his numbers show that, so maybe the opportunity to start on a championship contender team will make him take the leap from supporting cast to leading role in the new Giants offense.

If Wilson does not recover in time for the season to begin Jennings will probably be the starting running back for the New York Giants 2014 season.

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