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New York Giants Hosted Running Back Joseph Addai for Workout on Tuesday

November 15th, 2012 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

'Joseph Addai' photo (c) 2010, Mike Morbeck - license: The New York Giants had been scheduled to visit with free agent running back Kahlil Bell on Tuesday, but he opted to sign with the New York Jets prior to his workout with Big Blue. However, that didn't stop the Giants from hosting at least one other running back, as Joseph Addai made an appearance at the TIMEX Performance Center and conducted a private workout with the team.

Having Addai in and Bell scheduled could be nothing more than General Manager Jerry Reese doing his due diligence, but it could also indicate that the Giants are concerned with the health of Ahmad Bradshaw, who is dealing with both a neck injury and a foot injury.

Following a 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Bradshaw was taken for X-rays, and head coach Tom Coughlin later said that he would undergo several more tests throughout the week.

"He'll probably have every test known to man here in the next couple of days," Coughlin said on Monday. "We have a big medical day with our players. Today and tomorrow, they will be visiting the hospital and getting MRIs and whatever."

With rookie David Wilson not quite ready to bare a larger offensive load, the Giants would need additional veteran help behind Andre Brown in the event Bradshaw misses any time.

Addai, a first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, has had a successful NFL career, rushing for over 1,000 yards twice (2006 & 2007). In recent years however, Addai has been dealing with a wide range of injuries of his own, which eventually led to the Colts releasing him in March. He was promptly signed by the New England Patriots, but again released in May.

He left East Rutherford on Tuesday without a contract.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, David Wilson, Football, Jerry Reese, Joseph Addai, Kahlil Bell, New York, New York Giants, NFL

51 Responses to “New York Giants Hosted Running Back Joseph Addai for Workout on Tuesday”

  1.  kujo says:

    Really? Joseph Addai?

    •  TonyMW says:

      Yeah dude. Like I said in the thread last night: Addai is a perfect for the Giants. Good blocker, bad runner.

  2.  Krow says:

    How desperate are we?

  3.  Krow says:

    They must really think Bradshaw is breaking down …

    •  kujo says:

      Perhaps feeding him the rock 25+ times a game in the opening weeks was ill-advised. If only we had 1 or 2 other running backs who could’ve taken a few of those carries, to provide fresh legs within the game being played, and to give Bradshaw’s brittle bones a chance to rest.

      •  TonyMW says:

        That’s the funny part. I said earlier in the season that the refusal to play Brown and Wilson might lead to Bradshaw missing some time, which in turn would lead to Brown and/or Wilson to be in ALL pass blocking situations instead of just some of them. Isn’t it cool how that works out?

  4.  Levito says:

    They must really think Wilson’s pass protection is inept. Because clearly that’s the Giants top priority, keeping Eli upright.

    •  Dirt says:

      Perennial blocking studs Diehl and Bradshaw sure did a bang up job of keeping Eli upright Sunday, that’s for sure.

      •  Levito says:

        They won’t put Locklear in because he was making it too easy for Eli. They didn’t want the team to get too cocky by continuing to win.

        •  demo3356 says:

          yeah, newsflash.. The offense sucked for 2 & 1/2 games BEFORE Diehl was inserted. Lets stop acting like Locklear is Anthony Munoz.. Diehl is hot garbage but offense was in free fall BEFORE Diehl came back to starting lineup.

          •  kujo says:

            Yeah, but now it’s worse. You can’t argue that.

            •  TonyMW says:

              I want to preface this statement by saying that I absolutely cannot stand David Diehl as a player. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but I don’t care. He’s a football player, not my son’s preschool teacher.

              Anyway, maybe there ISN’T as much of a gap between Locklear and Diehl as most think. Don’t get me wrong, Locklear did an admirable job when he first started playing, but I felt he got progressively worse. Yeah, Diehl gave up those sacks. Locklear was giving up TONS of pressure.

              •  Levito says:

                Disagree completely. Diehl has been terrible. Locklear was much better when he was in. The problem IMO was more on the left side, where Beatty has regressed steadily this season.

                The play on the right side did suffer when Snee got hurt as well, so it’s no completely Diehl’s fault. But Locklear was at least able to slow down pass rushers who make outside moves. Diehl just watches those players go past him.

                •  TheCatch says:

                  “EZ Pass”

                •  TonyMW says:

                  After re-reading what I wrote I realized I wasn’t at all clear on what I meant. Yeah, Locklear was definitely an improvement. We all know that Coughlin shows a loyalty towards certain players, and that coupled with the fact that Locklear wasn’t exactly a Pro Bowler makes me sort of understand why Coughlin did what he did. I still don’t agree with it.

                  552 snaps, 5 quarterback hits, 21 hurries, no sacks
                  Run grade: -4.7; Pass grade: +1.9; Overall grade: -2.6

                  In terms of pass-blocking, that averages out to one pressure every 21.2 snaps. The run-blocking grade is, obviously, not what you would like it to be.

                  224 snaps, 1 quarterback hit, 11 hurries, 4 sacks
                  Run grade: -3.2; Pass grade: -5.4; Overall grade: -8.1

                  By the same measure we looked at with Locklear, that equals one pressure every 14 snaps. Considering Diehl has played less than half the snaps Locklear has, the run grades pretty much cancel out.

  5.  demo3356 says:

    Who’s next Ryan Grant? Tiki Barber? You’d have to think there is a quality guy somewhere on a practice squad that JR could snake ala Danny Ware or Derrick Ward a few years back.

  6.  TonyMW says:

    Could it not be that they just want someone to take Scott’s place? They did carry 4 after all. Btw….I think that in itself is a testament to how they felt about Bradshaw coming into the season.

    •  demo3356 says:

      I think so, With Scott on IR and Braddie banged up they are just covering ****.. You can play in the NFL with only 2 RB’s. They get banged up too much.

  7.  kujo says:

    Below are all the Giants that currently rank in the Top 5 in Pro Bowl fan voting at their positions in the NFC …

    Eli Manning – Fifth among NFC quarterbacks (167,440 votes)

    Victor Cruz – First among NFC wide receivers (257,016 votes)

    Henry Hynoski – Third among NFC fullbacks (31,063 votes)

    Chris Snee – Third among NFC guards (63,048 votes)

    David Baas – Second among NFC centers (70,598 votes)

    Jason Pierre-Paul – Second among NFC defensive ends (129,273 votes)

    Antrel Rolle – Fifth among NFC free safeties (24,087 votes)

    Lawrence Tynes – Second among NFC kickers (38,979 votes)

    •  kujo says:

      How the hell is Rolle 5th in free safeties?!?!??!?! Criminal.

    •  kujo says:

      Baas is 2nd among centers? Really?

      •  TonyMW says:

        The Pro Bowl is a complete joke anyway. No way in hell should Snee even be on the ballot after this season. Also, don’t forget that this travesty of a game has led to our “Pro Bowler” O-linemen, Dave Diehl. Think about that one.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    It seems silly season flared up yesterday afternoon on here..
    We had one guy saying that we shouldn’t want our 7 million dollar corner going all out every play- WTF??
    We had Mrs Burifict saying that Cwebb should have taken penalty on Greens TD by grabbing him? WTF? If he didn’t realize that Brown blew coverage til after Green was ten yards by him, how does he grab him to take penalty?

    •  kujo says:

      Actually, I remember seeing the replay from an angle that focused more on Webster than your average TV-angle. Webster was barking at Brown as soon as the play started, as he could clearly see that Brown wasn’t starting to make his way over to the side of the field he was supposed to be.

      Now, I’m not saying Webster could have or should have taken a penalty there. Green is going to abuse Webster on any fly pattern ever, no matter is C-Webb is in position or not.

      •  TonyMW says:

        So wait……Webster knew right away that Brown wouldn’t be there, and he STILL jogged for half of the play? Awesome.

        •  kujo says:

          That’s what it looked like to me. I could be wrong, but that’s what I took away from it.

          (BTW, that angle was shown in the game itself, as well as after)

      •  demo3356 says:

        I didnt see it that way at all. Looked like he expected Brown to be over the top. He gave up way to early and looked like a clown but I disagree that he could have saved play with a penalty. Green was by him before he knew Brown was playing patty cake with Rolle in middle of field

        •  Levito says:

          Webster also just stood there and watched as Green waited for the ball. If he ran full time he definitely had a chance to make some sort of a play. It’s not like there was anyone to cover in the flat anyway. Either way it’s emblematic of Webster’s play all season. He’s been watching WRs go past him and pointing fingers. It’s getting old. It looks like 2007 all over again.

    •  TonyMW says:

      Haha…no worries dude. I portrayed the role of Demo in your absence.

      •  demo3356 says:

        indeed you did..Well done. I read his posts like 3 times and was hoping he was kidding.. Kind of embarrassing..

  9.  BLU-82 says:

    I like Dan Graziano.

    “I am speaking 100 percent honestly when I say I couldn’t care less about this whole “Is Eli Manning elite?” discussion anymore. Seriously. I’m as tired of it as I am of my mortgage. Makes my eyelashes hurt. Whether Phil Simms (who said a few months ago that Manning would go to the Hall of Fame) considers Manning “elite” or not by whatever definition he or anyone else chooses to apply this week is about as relevant as a Jets player telling a reporter Tim Tebow is “terrible” without putting his name to it. It’s non-news, and it passes for news these days in the guise of “the discussion” when in fact it’s fabricated garbage. But the Giants are off this week, and when the Giants are off there are never any Giants stories to link to, so here’s what I have for you. Simms talking in circles yesterday about the non-thing he said the day before. Enjoy. “

    •  fanfor55years says:

      When you allow yourself to get intensely involved in what a member of the media says you are playing on THEIR field rather than your own. Much to be avoided.

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    I am, again, bewildered by what is going on with the Giants at the running back position.

    Could David Wilson REALLY be so arrogant and immature that he hasn’t been able to pick up the blocking assignments in practices either because he doesn’t want to or the reads are very complex (he isn’t stupid, so that cannot be the reason)? Is there not a coach who could have insisted Wilson work a lot of extra hours with him to get up to speed? Was Bradshaw so concerned about his job that he didn’t help Wilson as a veteran should?

    Why, when Andre Brown VERY CLEARLY demonstrated that he is at least as good a running option as Bradshaw, was he not used more in order to at least give Bradshaw sufficient rest? Why, when the offense has been stagnant and Brown is a superior target in passing plays, did the Giants not attempt to use him more in a dual role when Bradshaw remains a poor option when they want to throw the ball?

    Why are they bringing in a broken-down Joseph Addai when there are plenty of better options sitting on various practice teams around the league (unless the Addai workout was a courtesy to his agent) and in all likelihood a dozen younger, healthier, backs sitting by their phones at home hoping for a call?

    For that matter, why did they think that Ahmad Bradshaw, a pretty good but far from elite running back, could be the bell cow for them this season with his history of injuries, his tendency to put the ball on the ground, and his relative weakness as a receiver? I figured they would plan on transitioning to Wilson as the #1 back by the last third of the season and only needed to get 11-12 games out of Bradshaw before turning most of the RB duties to Wilson and Brown. IF that was the plan then why weren’t sufficient resources poured into it to get Wilson ready. Yeah, yeah, immature, not-ready-to-do-what-he-has-to-do, can’t have him getting Eli hurt, and all the rest. How much of that is his fault and how much is shoddy coaching? I’ve no idea, but it’s worth asking. The Giants always have a plan. If this one isn’t working, why?

    •  Levito says:

      Yep, agree.

      This is clearly a coaching issue. Any there’s tons of other ones which are similar. We’ve gone over Diehl extensively. But what about at MLB. Is Blackburn really the best option here? Was Herzlich much worse? I’d say they’ve been about equal. Why not get the younger guy in there some more. What about at CB. Shouldn’t Prince be lining up against the #1 at this point for most plays? What about WR. Taking Cruz off in 2 WR sets a lot lately, really? Throwing fades to Randle in big spots in the red zone? There’s some really suspect coaching decisions being made lately.

      •  TonyMW says:


        Except for the Herzlich/Blackburn debate. I just think that at this point Blackburn is flat out better, which is somewhat worrisome in my opinion because Chase is really not that good.

      •  BLU-82 says:

        Agreed that many of the coaching calls have seemed pretty suspect. I can accept that maybe they see some reason to keep Diehl in. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something we don’t see that they do that convinces them him and Locklear are at worst a push, and the Sacks, pressures, etc.. are offense wide problems.

        This Bradshaw thing, though? Mind boggling. Everyone even remotely familiar with the guy knew he was gonna break down with the share of carries he was receiving. I’m totally comfortable with them working the other backs in slowly, but there’s just no reason to put the player’s health at risk, which is exactly what they did.

        Webster is also baffling- he’s playing like a number 2 corner and should be incorporated accordingly. Maybe that’d light a fire under his **** and get him playing at a serviceable level again.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Perhaps Wilson isn’t as “explosive” and good as everyone on here thinks he is.

      Personally, I think he has some potential, but i’m not sure his game is suited for the NFL. Only time will tell.

      •  Levito says:

        He didn’t look explosive at all when he torched the Browns for a 40 yard TD.

        •  BLU-82 says:

          Yeah.. If there’s anything Wilson has going for him it’s the explosiveness. In fact, G101 posted about it the other day.

          “Yes, he’s explosive, but at what cost is explosive?” Ingram said. “Is he explosive at the cost of not being able to play well, not being able to know his job well enough and being a pro? That all has to develop.”

          “He’s got to be able to do all other things besides just running the ball,” offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. “It’s not just running the ball when you’re a running back in the National Football League. It’s about catching passes, it’s about blocking, it’s about being able to protect the quarterback. All those things are taken into consideration when you determine whether a guy gets playing time or not.”

          Whether or not the coaching staff has botched his development remains to be seen, but I don’t worry at all about Wilson. He’ll come around.

      •  TonyMW says:

        He’s most definitely as explosive as everyone thinks he is. We’ve all seen it. “Good” is a subjective term. You might not think he’s “good” but a lot of people do.

        The kid came from an offense in college where all he had to do was run and catch. Minimal thinking outside of choosing your hole. He’s gonna be just fine in time. I feel like everyone is antsy due to emergence of Martin and the questionable decisions regarding Bradshaw.

        If Bradshaw had 1,000 yds right now and was lighting it up, would anyone be worried about Wilson this season? I wouldn’t be.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          like i said, i think he’ll be fine as well.

        •  TonyMW says:

          I just don’t think that Wilson was expected to be a big part of the offense this season. It’s obvious that coaches hope Bradshaw stays healthy for the season, so they go according to that plan: Bradshaw starts, Brown backs-up and Wilson gets a touch or 2 a game. Unfortunately it’s seemingly not going the way they’d hoped. He just needs to be ready for next season when it’s increasingly inevitable that Bradshaw won’t be here.

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