Today's edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com.
Would the Giants keep five running backs on the roster? Right now we have Ahmad Bradshaw, D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott, David Wilson, Andre Brown and they seem to like Joe Martinek. I know Brown will miss the first four games (due to NFL suspension).
*Dear Anthony: *
I think five is one too many running backs to carry on a 53-man roster – unless the fifth back is a special teams standout. Martinek has also played fullback and could challenge Henry Hynoski there. He will get an opportunity to show what he can do on special teams. If he has an impressive preseason and doesn't make the final roster, he would be a practice squad candidate. But my guess is the Giants will open the season with four running backs on the roster – plus a fullback.
With the Giants drafting David Wilson do you think Da'Rel Scott has a chance of being the number two running back behind Bradshaw?
*Dear John: *
A week ago today I would have said yes. But after watching Wilson perform in the rookie minicamp, I think he is the back most likely to share the workload with Bradshaw. Wilson was quick and explosive. Of course, he'll have to play well once they put pads on, but he displayed the physical tools the Giants touted when they drafted him. I will be surprised if he's not a contributor this season.
Who do you feel is the top 2 prime candidates for the MLB position this season?
*Dear Juan: *
Well, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Saturday that Chase Blackburn "goes back to that role." Based on that, Chase currently leads a very crowded field. But Fewell also said Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones and Keith Rivers could all get a shot at the position. And he didn't rule out Michael Boley also getting a look. So the middle linebacker competition promises to be very, very interesting when training camp begins.
Why is it that the Giants seem content with their offensive line when they were manhandled throughout the year by the Eagles and 49ers. I also can't see why David Diehl would be a starter as he was ranked as the worst guard and tackle in the league, do you believe there is a chance he assumes a backup role even with his contract.
*Dear Peter: *
Not sure where to start with this letter. First, who ranked David Diehl as poorly as you said he was? Certainly not his coaches and teammates, who should know exactly what kind of player he is. David is a warrior who has been an integral part of the line for nine years. I feel safe in saying that "content" is a word Tom Coughlin would ever use about any unit on his football team. The Giants are always looking to improve every aspect of their team. If you get content in the NFL you're going to find trouble in a hurry. We were "manhandled" by the Eagles and 49ers. We went 1-1 against each team and beat each on the road – including San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. The Giants set team records in 2011 with 6,161 total yards and 4,734 passing yards. I don't think that would be possible if the offensive line was getting manhandled. Finally, Diehl's contract has nothing to do with whether or not he plays. The coaches do not take a list of player salaries out to the field with them. The best players at each position play. Period.
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