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Giants young backs struggle as veteran help could be on the way

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The New York Giants have refused to hire a new running back.

David Wilson (Getty Images)

David Wilson (Getty Images)

They were hoping that their two young running backs could handle the tasks that were given to them. But after struggling on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys, they will have no choice now and will be forced to bring in free agent running backs to work out in front of management.

Free agent Brandon Jacobs, who previously played for the Giants, has been linked to return to the team. However, before the season started, the Giants management came out and said that they have no interest in bringing him back.

Right now, the Giants have David Wilson, Da’Rel Scott, and Michael Cox on their depth chart. Andre Brown is also a running back that the Giants have, but he is presently on the injured reserve/designated to return with a broken leg.

He is expected to return in Week 10. But that doesn’t help the team now with their inexperience in the backfield.

Cox is a rookie, while Wilson is in his second year. Scott is in his third year with the team, and has appeared in 15 games overall.

Yet, Wilson received the call to start against the Cowboys. Then, after two fumbles, he was benched in the third quarter.

He lost his first fumble just four minutes into the game. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin stuck with the young back, then saw things get worse, as the game went along.

He would get stopped on a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Then, immediately on the next play, he blew a protection assignment, as he saw Eli Manning get sacked by George Selvie.

In the third quarter, he lost his second fumble, and Coughlin had enough. He finished the game with seven carries for 19 yards and two fumbles.

Scott would finish the game, and the Giants have no interest in giving up on Wilson yet. A veteran signing is certainly possible now with the struggles from these young backs.

Just last week, the team worked out Beanie Wells, Jonathan Dwyer, and Tim Hightower.

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