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Giants look at veteran running backs, including Joseph Addai

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The Giants gave their players the week off, but there was still activity at the team’s facility this week.

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the team had a slew of players in for a look while their current players enjoyed some rest and relaxation during the bye. Often, these in-week tryouts are just a case of teams making sure their emergency lists are up to date in case they find a need to break the glass at some point down the road.

The Giants could be doing the same thing, although the preponderance of veteran running backs on the list combined with Ahmad Bradshaw fighting a neck injury in addition to his long-lasting foot issues does make you wonder if the team isn’t concerned about Bradshaw’s ability to go the distance. Bradshaw had tests on his neck at the start of the bye week and has been a rare participant in practice as the team does everything it can to keep him healthy on Sundays.

If they aren’t able to do that, the Giants could decide to sign Joseph Addai, Mewelde Moore, Kregg Lumpkin or Ryan Torain to help fill in. Andre Brown, Da’Rel Scott and David Wilson have spent time on the roster in addition to Bradshaw, although only Brown has gotten any regular work as a running back this season.

The Giants worked out a handful of other players as well, including quarterback Curtis Painter. Painter, like Addai, has a lot of experience sharing a locker room with Eli Manning’s older brother from their days in Indianapolis.

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13 Responses to “Giants look at veteran running backs, including Joseph Addai”
  1. vgeorge19 says: Nov 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    Da’Rel Scott is on IR so if Bradshaw is really hurt then they have only 2 healthy RB’s

  2. ceschatz says: Nov 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    Hahahahahaha. good luck

  3. eviltwin007 says: Nov 15, 2012 1:48 PM

    Addai is only good for pass blocking and Painter is good for a high draft pick.

  4. inthearex says: Nov 15, 2012 1:54 PM

    Give brown and Wilson more touches. That is all.

  5. bleedgreen says: Nov 15, 2012 1:56 PM

    Why would you draft an RB in the 1st and then not utilize him is beyond me. Especially if you’re looking to sign retreads and hasbeens like Addai or Moore, or never weres like Lumpkin and Torrain.

  6. ghlatty says: Nov 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    Not a Giants fan and loved Addai at LSU and Indy but he’s not LT and this story is nuts. If this was leaked, may have been to motivate Wilson to learn pass protection in a hurry.

  7. ham1 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:15 PM


  8. packh8er says: Nov 15, 2012 2:30 PM

    I was shocked to find that there were no comments already made about Tiki Barber being flabbergasted that his phone hadn’t already rang.

  9. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 15, 2012 4:40 PM

    wow… i donno why they dont show any love for brown…. he did well as a back up this season… they clearly have no trust in wilson as well…

  10. roadtrip3500 says: Nov 15, 2012 6:02 PM

    Addai as a 3rd-down blitz-pickup back who can slip out into the flat and get a first down could be a good move if he’s in shape and capable. Wilson can’t learn pass protection “on the job” when Eli gets planted if he makes a mistake. Don’t be surprised if Wilson is converted to WR, with a specialty of end-arounds and WR screens to showcase his speed. If the Giants’ coaches are right that he needs to grow up some, RB is not for him – just WR and KR where he has less blocking responsibility.

  11. eyedocjay says: Nov 15, 2012 6:14 PM

    How about bringing in a corner or MLB…

  12. blspears says: Nov 15, 2012 6:56 PM

    Torrain is really good when healthy. I would like him the best over 6-10 games left in the season.

  13. vman0626 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:16 PM

    david wilson has not learned the offense. the coaches have said as such. read rb coach jerald ingram’s scathing assessment of this clown. that is why he is not playing.

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