Giants' Rookie Prediction: Andre Williams

Andre Williams was a workhorse for Boston College last season, but with a crowded Giants' backfield and big leap into the pros, how will the former Golden Eagle perform in his first NFL season?

This year's edition of the New York Giants is a team full of talent, confidence, and storylines. This offseason has already provided Giants Nation with a variety of talking points: JPP's return, Manning's surgery, and McAdoo's new offense. The development of in-house talent is a priority for the Giants, who have advertised and touted their up and comers.

"I think this is some of the better rookie linebackers that we've brought in in the last four years that I've been here," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said.

The additions of experienced players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kellen Davis will further accelerate the youngsters' learning curve. Tom Coughlin has said that the team is committed to the runnning game which allows the team to effectively leverage Eli Manning's play action and return to the blueprint that bred success - a tough defensive unit with a balanced ground/aerial attack.

Andre Williams, the Giants' fourth round draft pick, may become an essential cog for the Giant Machine. The real question is how much of the offensive load can the 2013 Heisman finalist handle as a rookie?

The team's backfield is already stacked with Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, and Peyton Hillis starting as the team's primary rushing options.

Williams, a BC alum, has shown himself to be a mature, responsible leader; his collegiate life included work as a Teaching Assistant. This same mental fortitude will be required as he acclimates to Bob McAdoo's playbook. Given his lack of size, speed, or experience, the 2013 Heisman finalist has to work on pass-blocking ability, a factor that would truly differentiate him from the others.

The Giants' front office is well aware that Williams is not the greatest catcher but believe he can make up for this by becoming a consistent long yardage threat. He has, however, gained a reputation as a hard-hitting, power runner; something the Giants felt deserved a second round grade. Williams' decline on draft day should further power his bruising style since the chip on his shoulder got a little bit bigger. Statistically, the Giants average about 25 running plays a game, at best. They are projected to have three rushing handlers which allows Williams an average of eight carries a game (Especially if he's used as a first and second down option only). He averaged an impressive 5.3 yards per carry in college, a number that may decline closer to 3.5 YAC, a discount given his inexperience, dependence on long yardage and a solid offensive line, and a lack of physical development. With this math, Andre Williams should gain around 30-60 yards/game for Big Blue. Thanks,


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