Credits: John David Mercer
Here’s an interesting option at running back:
Let’s assume the New York Giants spend their first-round pick on anybody else but Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
If the Giants choose to address other needs, it will surely leave a vacancy at running back with free agent Orleans Darkwa questionable to return to the team and Wayne Gallman the only back still on the roster.
Darkwa had a solid season, recording 751-yards on 171 carries (4.4 Y/A), in addition to 116 receiving yards and five overall scores. His production was valiant for a Giants team that lost a majority of their receivers to injury, leaving the battered offense with minimal weapons.
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Re-signing Darkwa is likely on the long-list of decisions Dave Gettleman has to make before the start of the 2018 season, but if he chooses to go a different direction there’s another option available in free agency.
The Giants could decide to take a flier on a running back that has won two Super Bowls consecutively, LeGarrette Blount.
The Philadelphia Eagle’s running back managed 766-yards rushing on 173 attempts in 2017, additionally rushing for two-touchdowns and one receiving score. Blount’s usage took a dip in 2017 due to the Eagles’ heavy usage of various running backs and passing schemes.
The 250-pound back would be a solid addition to a Giants team in search of a bruising runner to complement the shifty Gallman. Blount only accounted for $1.25 million of cap-space for the Eagles, and will surely be a cheap and happy signing for whoever rolls the dice on the veteran back.