Camp Battles: Bradshaw, Wilson duel to boost Giants' run game
It's rare for a team to claim the Vince Lombardi trophy without a stellar rushing attack; the Giants won the title last year with the league's worst ground game. How bad, you ask? New York tallied 1,000 fewer rushing yards than both Denver and Houston, and posted a league low for yards per carry (3.5). They were one of six teams held without a single carry of 40 or more yards.
The combination of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw -- once one of the most feared duos in the NFC -- failed to move the ball week after week. The two combined for three games of 75 or more yards, and Bradshaw led the club with 659 yards -- one yard behind QB Tim Tebow on the league leaderboard.
Recognizing the need to bolster its backfield, New York cut ties with Jacobs and used the final draft pick in Round 1 to select Virginia Tech's David Wilson, whose 1,709 yards last season helped earn the Hokies a BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl.
Most believe the 27-year-old Ware will enter camp as the team's No. 2 back behind Bradshaw. He contributed in the passing game last year in losses to San Francisco (five catches) and New Orleans (eight), and broke runs of 17 and 15 yards in the team's final two regular season games.
Fantasy owners have already sampled Bradshaw; Wilson offers something fresh. And knowing Tom Coughlin has little patience for poor play, Wilson will see the field the instant Bradshaw slips.
Of all the first-year backs, Wilson has the best surroundings to make an instant fantasy impact. He could be the smash-hit rookie of 2012.