For the New York Giants, who ranked last in the National Football League in rushing last season, identifying a backup running back was a preseason priority. They seem to have found the man for the job, but where do the rest of the backs rank as the next round of roster cuts looms? Here's how I would rank Big Blue's running backs after the team's fourth and final game of the preseason.
Ahmad Bradshaw -- Bradshaw is the Giants' undisputed No. 1 running back, but he didn't see much action in the preseason. Does it really matter? He'll be ready to go when the regular season opens and looking to improve on last year's career-low 3.9 yards per carry. Bradshaw played most of last season with nagging foot injuries, which supposedly were corrected in the offseason.
David Wilson -- Wilson started the final two games of the preseason and showed why he was the Giants' first-round pick this year. He finished the exhibition schedule as the team's leading rusher with 131 yards. Wilson has to work on parts of his game, such as the pass protection, but the Giants seem to be comfortable giving him the ball. He'll help Bradshaw carry the load in 2012.
Andre Brown -- Brown, who had a strong camp, turned in his best game of the preseason against the New England Patriots, running for 55 yards on 14 carries. His hard-running style is an asset -- Brown had a one-yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears -- but he fumbled in the fourth quarter against the Pats. He has potential, but can the Giants trust him when it counts?
D.J. Ware -- Is Ware being phased out? He started the preseason with five carries for 30 yards and one touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but had one carry over the last two games. Ware's experience and pass-protection ability may be what saves his roster spot.
Da'Rel Scott -- Scott's breakaway speed makes him a dangerous weapon. He rushed for 32 yards, caught an 18-yard pass and returned a kick 32 yards against the Patriots. Will the Giants use him on special teams? That may be the only place there's room for him on the roster.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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