New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has guarantees that he will play when his team takes on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Bradshaw had missed the Giants’ previous game on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers, but he believes the extra rest will give him enough time to overcome his neck injury.
Yet while Bradshaw has guaranteed that he will play, it is unknown as to how the Giants will proceed in their backfield following the break out performance by Andre Brown in New York’s dominating 36-7 victory over Carolina last week.
Bradshaw entered the 2012 NFL season as the unquestioned starting running back for the Giants, although it was expected that rookie first round draft pick David Wilson would serve as the change of pace back to spell Bradshaw and receive some carries and catch some passes out of the backfield.
But through the first few games, between fumbles and inconsistencies, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has demonstrated that he has little to no confidence in Wilson at this point. Until he can prove otherwise, Wilson will see very little action, especially now that Brown has emerged as a very viable substitute.
Of course, if Wilson is not given much time during regular season games to prove he should receive more touches, it will be different to show his worth to Coughlin. Add the fact that Brown has been giving glowing endorsements by the team, and it may take a big injury for Wilson to see the field again.
As far as Bradshaw, this game against the Eagles could determine just how much Brown will cut into his carries. Coughlin has not told either back how he plans on splitting their reps against Philadelphia, but only that each will play a big role in the team’s offense.
In final terms of fantasy football numbers, it is difficult to predict which back will produce better statistics for fantasy owners. I would advise staying away from both until we see how the workload plays out Sunday night. The Eagles have also been fairly stout against the run this season.