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New York Giants Work Out Running Backs Beanie Wells, Jonathan Dwyer; Leon Washington Visits

September 3rd, 2013 at 5:23 PM
By Douglas Rush

The New York Giants held workouts today to look at potential replacements for Andre Brown, who is recovering from a leg injury suffered last week in the preseason and likely won't be ready to go until the middle of the season.

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Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record has reported that the Giants had in veteran running backs Beanie Wells and Jonathan Dwyer in for a visit and workouts on Tuesday afternoon.

"Hearing FA RBs Beanie Wells + Jonathan Dwyer were among those at #NYG workouts today. Doesn't sound like Wells' knee has improved from June," he tweeted.

Wells and Dwyer are the two latest names that have been mentioned with the Giants having interest in, as the team has also contacted the agents for running backs Ryan Grant and Kevin Smith, plus they are not ruling out Tim Hightower, who had a previous workout with the Giants in the offseason.

Wells was a former first-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals back in the 2009 NFL Draft and had his breakout season in 2011; rushing for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns, but a knee injury slowed down his 2012 season, limiting him to just eight games and was released earlier in the offseason. Stapleton mentioned that Wells' knee hasn't improved much since the summer, which might keep him from being signed.

Dwyer was just released from the Pittsburgh Steelers in their attempt to get the roster down to 53 players. The 24-year-old running back had a decent season last year in Pittsburgh, rushing for 623 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games while starting in six of them.

Stapleton also mentioned that another recently released player also came in to visit with the Giants on Tuesday, as Leon Washington was in town for a visit.

"Another name to add some #NYG intrigue "@HBalzer721 RB Leon Washington visited the Giants," he tweeted.

Most New York fans will remember Washington for when he was a four-year member of the New York Jets from 2006-2009, spending time as both a running back and kick returner. After three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington had signed with the New England Patriots, but was cut during the team's final roster moves to get to 53 players.

As a running back, Washington has 2,213 career yards and 16 touchdowns, but as a kick returner, Washington has 6,315 career yards and eight touchdowns.


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30 Responses to “New York Giants Work Out Running Backs Beanie Wells, Jonathan Dwyer; Leon Washington Visits”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Those are the only 2 free agent RBs I have heard connected with us that I like.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    Jonathan Dwyer release reportedly not coaches’ doing

    By Kevin Patra
    Around the League writer
    Published: Sept. 2, 2013 at 08:26 a.m. Updated: Sept. 2, 2013 at 08:54 p.m.
    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer went from starter to the street in the matter of a week when he became one of the bigger-name players cut over the weekend.

    Dwyer’s release, however, wasn’t at the urging of the Steelers’ coaching staff, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Mark Kaboly tweeted Sunday night.

    Kaboly’s report indicates that Dwyer’s rocky preseason, including two fumbles, wasn’t the impetus behind the release. Dwyer signed a one-year, $1.323 million restricted tender in the offseason.

    A combination of less expensive options in rookie Le’Veon Bell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Isaac Redman and newly acquired Felix Jones likely squeezed Dwyer off the roster. Of course, the fourth-year pro’s preseason performance didn’t exactly force the Steelers to keep him.

    Jones’ late addition to the Steelers’ preseason roster assuredly helped make Dwyer expendable. Jones played well in the final preseason game and, if he remains healthy, still can be a productive NFL running back, especially within a deep rotation.

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    I like these two over Smith and Grant.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Dwyer, Dwyer, Dwyer.

    The guy can play and he’s both young and healthy.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      I dont disagree, but Beanie Wells will likely have the better workout. He’s WAYYY more athletic than Dwyer and faster.

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Texans just signed Brian Cushing to a silly contract. 55.6 million over 6 years. 21 guaranteed. Wow. That’s crazy for a guy who’s coming off ACL surgery and has played well only when on steroids… A prove it year should have been the word before any extension. But, I guess only Jerry Reese does that, right?

  6.  rlhjr says:

    If the team still needs return skill, none better (IMHO) than Washington.
    Very high football IQ thinks on his feet.

    rlhjr says:
    September 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM
    Pat’s cut punt/kick returner Washington. He must be expensive because he’s one of the better return men in the game. Something must be wrong.

    The injury he suffered while with the Jet’s started him on a journey to Seattle and New England. He didn’t look injured, so I suspect his price tag is a tad high.

    What’s the story on Wells? Injury prone? Dude runs hard. Dwyer is not bad either. So just like Washington, does it come down to price tag?

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Wells has a bummed knee, and doesn’t run well between the tackles. But he’s athletic and fast.

  7.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Leon Washington might be the guy we go with considering he fields Kickoffs and punt returns.

    It’ll save the wear as well as injury risk to Wilson as well.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Agree on all counts Blue.

      Washington does not make mistakes when returning and rarely fumbles.
      He has Tom Coughlin written all over him. He reminds me of Dave Meggett.
      Just a smart solid pro. Washington can pop big returns in pressure situations.
      He an excellent option out of the backfield. Thus replacing some of what Andre Brown offered.

  8.  James Stoll says:

    Washington would be intriguing if healthy
    The Pats cut makes you wonder about that

  9.  BillyS says:

    We’ll probably wait until after week 1 to sign someone since it won’t be a guaranteed contract. Now there are 3 names that intrigue me the most:

    1. ) Beanie Wells
    2.) Jonathan Dwyer
    3.) Leon Washington

    Ryan Grant, Tim Hightower, etc don’t look like they have anything to offer at all.

    Now if healthy I think Wells is the best player of the group. I’m a Buckeyes fan so I’ve seen what he’s capable of. The problem is that the guy simply cannot stay healthy. His knees are messed up. As much as I’d like him I just don’t feel his health is good enough to commit to him in any way, shape, or form.

    Dwyer is intriguing because he was always viewed as a power back, but hasn’t really done anything. I still think he has a lot of potential to help a team like the Giants out. I really wouldn’t hate him because he could spell Wilson very well.

    Then there’s Leon Washington. I don’t think he brings much in terms of being a running back, but I suppose he could be a decent scat back that will offer pass catching ability in the backfield. His true value is the fact that he can return kicks and punts at a pretty decent clip. The only real problem is that Cox actually did a solid job with that and I actually like what Cox brings to the table as a RB as well.

    So if we were to get any of those 3 I think Leon Washington would probably be the safest RB who would give us the best value since he can also return kicks. Dwyer would probably be an overall better fit if he’d just run with his head down and try to plow through defenders. Wells is finished so no to him.

  10.  GIANTT says:

    are they just lining up a choice for after the second game ? at this point in the season I cant see any offers more than vet minimum

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