The New York Giants finished the 2013 season with a disappointing 7-9 season, killing postseason plans with a 0-6 start. While the Giants face several needs this offseason, New York had several issues in the running game. Once a strength of the Giants teams, New York finished the season ranked 29th while running the football, just 83 yards per game.
The verdict is still out on the Giants former first-round running back David Wilson. Injuries took a toll on the Giants backfield this season as the team dipped back into the past, re-signing aging back, Brandon Jacobs.
New York also inked a deal with free agent back Peyton Hillis. Hillis, entering his seventh season, was effective but not dynamic in his limited action with the G-Men last season. The NJ Ledger reports this morning that the Giants will bring the veteran back once again in 2014 after signing a two-year deal worth just $2 million, an affordable deal.
With the start of free agency, New York made another backfield move, signing former Oakland Raiders RB Rashad Jennings. No financial details are available for the 29-year old back, but while he is approaching the age most backs are starting to break down, Jennings has just 484 career touches and averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season.
New York has now addressed some issues running the football, now they can focus on all of the other issues facing the Giants.