For some strange reason, the New York Giants decided to pass on a running back during the 2017 NFL Draft, thus leaving fans scratching their heads. The Giants struggled last season with Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, and Paul Perkins. However, with the great addition of Brandon Marshall, the Giants will need to do better than the 29th rushing attack in the league. For a team that averaged 3.5 yards per attempt, it seemed like a great idea to draft Dalvin Cook with the 23rd pick. Instead, the team decided to go with TE Evan Ingram and hope their stable of backs can produce. A trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Doug Martin may be their best option.
The Giants are in a division with teams that are not that good at stopping the run but yet still managed to underperform in that department.
The Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will finish in the top 10 in rushing in 2017. The Washington Redskins are hoping Matt Jones will get his head on straight which leaves the Giants grasping at straws yet again. But all is not lost for the G-Men. With reports that the Bucs may not give Martin back the starting job, this may be the beginning of the end for the Martin and Bucs marriage and the perfect opportunity for the Giants.
Martin has been suspended the first four games of the season but the Buccaneers have shown signs they may be willing to move on. If this is the case then this is the window the Giants should crawl through. Martin is still young considering what the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints are expecting of Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson respectively. If we were to look back to 2016 then it will show that Jacquizz Rodgers may be in store for a bigger season. Rodgers is younger, cheaper and causes less headaches. However, Martin still has the potential to be an every-down back. In 2015, Martin rushed for 1402 yards, so the talent is there. It’s just a matter of Martin clearing the cobwebs from between his ears and becoming the back everyone knows he can be.
If the Giants are able to pair Martin with Eli Manning, Marshall, and Odell Beckham, the Giants offense will be one of the best in the league. There is still that sour subject of the Martin missing the first four games but the Giants should be able to hold the fort down against the Cowboys, Lions, Eagles, and Buccaneers. Martin has a deadly combination of power and speed but what may be best suited for him is a change of scenery.
His time spent with the Buccaneers has been one engulfed in controversy and injuries.
The Buccaneers will be geared a little more towards the pass this season with the emergence of Jameis Winston plus the offseason additions of DeSean Jackosn and O.J. Howard. Much like last season, Martin, even without the suspension was on his way to see a decrease in carries thanks to Rodgers. A deal between the two teams will work wonders as the Giants can pass off Vereen and a third rounder for Martin. This way, the Bucs offense will not lose a step and the Giants will get the featured back they so desperately need.