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.