Giants’ run­ning game ranked last in league

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> No one on the New York Giants likes talk­ing about their run­ning game. Seven games into the sea­son, it’s just not there.

The Giants (4-3) are ranked last in the NFL, av­er­ag­ing 70.3 yards. It’s like run­ning into a brick wall ev­ery play. It’s 2 yards and a cloud of those rub­ber pel­lets on the ar­ti­fi­cial fields.

Coach Ben McA­doo and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Sul­li­van used the bye week to look at the of­fense and get the Giants ready for Sun­day’s NFC East ri­valry game with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles (4-3) at MetLife Sta­dium.

Ev­ery­thing was ex­am­ined, from per­son­nel group­ings to who was out on the field.

“So, re­ally just a kind of a thor­ough check un­der the hood to see how we can solve some of those prob­lems,” Sul­li­van said Thurs­day.

Rashad Jen­nings has car­ried the load in re­cent weeks, but there is a feel­ing that the coaches are con­sid­er­ing giv­ing rookie Paul Perkins more car­ries.

There is lit­tle that can be done with the line. Start­ing right tackle Mar­shall Ne­w­house has been both­ered by a calf in­jury for weeks and it seems Bobby Hart will con­tinue to start. There isn’t much depth on the line, so don’t ex­pect per­son­nel changes.

“We just have to put one foot in front of the other,” Jen­nings said . “It’s not rocket sci­ence. We have to be phys­i­cal in the run game and I say as a run­ning back it starts with me to grind for ugly yards and keep hit­ting it down­hill, and even­tu­ally we’ll have our mo­ments where our mo­ments will come.”

There have not been many mo­ments so far.

New York has rushed the ball 147 times this sea­son for 492 yards, a 3.3 yard av­er­age. Shane Vereen, who is now on in­jured re­serve with a tri­ceps mus­cle in­jury, had the long­est run at 25 yards.

There also have not been a lot of holes for the run­ning backs.

“We were able to do some good things early on in the sea­son,” left guard Justin Pugh said. “We have to con­tinue to be mul­ti­ple and get the job done. That’s on us up front, mak­ing sure we get the job done.”

Cen­ter Weston Rich­burg be­lieves the line just has to ex­e­cute bet­ter. He in­sists the com­mu­ni­ca­tion is there and there have been times that the dif­fer­ence be­tween a big play and a stop was a mat­ter of inches.

“We just have to pay at­ten­tion to our de­tails,” Rich­burg said . “That will make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a big run and not. You have to con­tinue to work each and ev­ery week on our lit­tle de­tails. Tech­nique, aim­ing points, things like that. That will help us spring big runs. We’re not just go­ing to give up and say, ‘it’s never go­ing to hap­pen.’ We’re go­ing to con­tinue go­ing, con­tinue chop­ping at the wood, and it will open up.”

Perkins, the team’s fifth-round draft pick this spring, gives the Giants a back who is ver­sa­tile. He is av­er­ag­ing 3.9 yards on 10 car­ries and has caught six passes for 105 yards, a 17.5 yard av­er­age.

JULIO CORTEZ — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Giants run­ning backs Rashad Jen­nings, cen­ter, and Paul Perkins work out dur­ing prac­tice on Thurs­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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