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Giants add another running back

The New York Giants have a great recent track record of turning low-cost running back talent into productive members of the team.

Brandon Jacobs was a fourth-round pick, Ahmad Bradshaw came in the seventh, and Derrick Ward was picked up “off the street” after the Jets cut him.  (Even New York’s leftovers, like Ryan Grant, turn out great.)

Because of this history, we are going to keep a close eye on Gartrell Johnson, San Diego’s fourth-round pick from 2009 this season that New York claimed off waivers Tuesday.  (To Chargers general manager A.J. Smith’s chagrin, we’re sure, especially with LaDainian Tomlinson hurting.)

The Giants chose Johnson over players they worked out including former Eagle Lorenzo Booker.  Johnson fits the mold of many recent New York backs: he’s a powerful runner that can push the pile. 

With Danny Ware recovering from a dislocated elbow, Johnson will be New York’s third running back behind Jacobs and Bradshaw.

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8 Responses to “Giants add another running back”
  1. brasho says: Sep 15, 2009 6:14 PM

    Gartrell is a hardnosed runner with excellent lower body strength and burst through the hole. He’s fairly slow but he hits the hole hard and could really be a player.

  2. fellorio says: Sep 15, 2009 6:17 PM

    Nice player, but very slow.

  3. ickeywoods says: Sep 15, 2009 6:26 PM

    From 2009 this season as opposed to 2009 some other season? You would hope that at least NBC would employ an editor since Florio can’t afford one.

  4. lolcopter says: Sep 15, 2009 6:36 PM

    Good for Gartrell. At least he’s not with the stinkin’ Chargers anymore.
    Go Rams
    Go Broncos

  5. Barcid says: Sep 15, 2009 7:29 PM

    Smart pickup for the Football Giants.
    Gartrell is Too Big To Fail.

  6. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 15, 2009 7:41 PM

    “brasho says:
    September 15, 2009 6:14 PM
    Gartrell is a hardnosed runner with excellent lower body strength and burst through the hole.”
    He also looks good in shiny gold designer shirts.

  7. Jungle Juice says: Sep 15, 2009 9:36 PM

    They shoulda grabbed DeDe Dorsey instead.

  8. MasterShake says: Sep 16, 2009 12:32 AM

    That’s a cheap shot at LT. How dare you! We all know he can play through pain. (see playoffs)
    Good talk Russ.

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