Nine-year veteran Brandon Jacobs announced his retirement in January and the Giants, who finished the 2013 season as the fourth worst rushing team in the league are desperately seeking a solution to become a bigger threat in the run game.
GM Jerry Reese has expressed interest in re-signing running back Andre Brown, who put up decent numbers in the latter half of the season after recovering from a broken leg. However, with the absence of Jacobs, the Giants will be looking for a power back to take some of the pressure off the injury prone Brown. With the two-year signing of John Conner, the Giants are still looking to add more depth to their backfield. Is free agent Vonta Leach the answer to their problems?
Released by the Baltimore Ravens in February, fullback Vonta Leach is yet again a free agent. Leach, who had a strong first two years in Baltimore, saw his performance suffer in 2013 where he rushed only 11 times and averaged a measly 2.1 yards per carry. However, that's not saying much as the Ravens averaged only 83 rushing yards a game (third worst in the NFL). Leach, known for his great lead blocking abilities, could provide the Giants with the push they need to open up the running game. On the other hand, turning 33 in November, Leach has taken a lot of hits in his 146 career appearances. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him lose a step or two, especially with his aggressive style of play.
At this point in his career, Leach is past his prime, and signing him is too risky of a move for the Giants. Fullback John Conner, aka The Terminator, still has a year left on his contract and has shown strong potential in the small amount of playing time he's had the past few years. At only 26 years of age, Conner, who's also known for his punishing blocking abilities, could be the spark that the Giants need. He's a young, healthy, and a well-rounded back who's hungry for more playing time.