With 16 games going on at the same time, final pre-season Thursday Week 4 night, the cruel hand of training camp and pre-season injuries seemed destined to take one more swipe and it did last night with Giants’ Andre Brown. Reports initially said he had a broken leg, then a fractured leg, and now more of a hairline crack but either way Brown is out. Brown says he hopes to only be out a couple of weeks but his 2013 chances feel pretty dim. It’s the same leg he broke last year and it’s hard to imagine Brown in a month or two taking monster shots from 250-lb linebackers on his leg and withstanding those hits with a leg that has now been broken or cracked twice in the last year. Brown was in there in the second quarter of pre-season Week 4 when most major team players are watching as HC Tom Coughlin said he wasn’t satisfied with Brown’s Week 3 pre-season performance (where he had a fumble as well). The Giants lose a big part of their planned attack.
It’s a huge score for David Wilson owners and the Brown injury will no doubt jack up the David Wilson draft price for those still yet to draft. FFW was already high on Wilson but we’ve added another 100 yards, 3 more projected TDs (bringing his total projection to 12) and a few more receptions moving Wilson up 6 spots to RB11. Outside the really top RB tier / Top 10 (Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, Alfred Morris, Adrian Foster and Matt Forte), Wilson is as good as any RB prospect out there and there’s no reason why he can’t be a Top 10 or Top 5 fantasy RB if things break his way. The Giants have scored 18, 17 and 17 rushing TDs the last three seasons so projecting Wilson for 11 rushing scores (and 1 receiving) seems plenty possible. Wilson is an exceptional athlete and explosive talent. He averaged an even 5.0 YPC last year (7.5 this pre-season) and scored 5 TDs on 75 touches last year as a rookie, plus Wilson had another TD on a kickoff return. At the 2012 Combine, Wilson turned in a freakish 11′ broad jump and before that he left Virginia Tech with the single-season school rushing record with 1,709 yards.
It’s next man up for the G-Men. Left in the stable is Michael Cox, Da-Rei Scott and Ryan Torrain. We gave a healthy bump in stats to Michael Cox. The Giants will need a complementary back and he seems by far and away the best option on the team. Torrain is a scrub player (especially at this point of his career) and Scott offers little more than straight-line speed. Cox, on the other hand, offers some sleeper potential despite being a 7th round pick. Cox was a big school recruit but saw little playing time at Michigan. Cox then transferred to Massachusetts for more playing time as a senior and a chance to get in the NFL and that season was enough to catch the eye of the Giants’ GM Jerry Reese. Also, Cox has good karma on his side as the Giants have had luck with 7th round RBs in the past (Ahmad Bradshaw) and they have had luck unearthing gems from Massachusetts (undrafted Victor Cruz). Cox has great size, is fairly elusive for his size and has some speed as well plus by all accounts Cox has had a strong camp. It’s also possible the Giants turn to the veteran-one-year-free-agent-minimum pool, with Willis McGahee, Michael Turner and Beanie Wells all on the waiver wire.