Now now, nothing is official, just mutual interest between the two parties involved according to @RapSheet on twitter. If this move is to happen, the Giants really struck gold on the offensive side of the ball this offseason. LeGarrette Blount has completely reinvented himself from troubled athlete to beast athlete that just goes about his business. Almost identical to what happened with Marshawn Lynch, except Blount just wasn't nearly as good, and doesn't run his mouth quite as much. Doesn't mean Blount isn't still a helluva back. The perfect compliment to Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen in a Giants backfield that may have just returned to it's glory days.
Any true Giants fan remembers the days of the three headed monster at running back, not the two man combo of Bradshaw and Jacobs, but the three headed monster of Bradshaw, Jacobs, and Derrick Ward. They only played one season together because Ward eventually got paid elsewhere for putting in work on the Giants. Blount, Perkins, and Vereen will be able to match that monster if not improve off that monster making a better one. The original monster had two thousand yard rushers, Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw was the young speed back at the time. He added another 400 yards to the total leaving the Giants with about 2,500 rushing yards on the season, a number we've probably never come close to matching in following years. I understand the offensive line was one of the more elite groups in the league at that time, except the difference is I believe this group has more talent.
Brandon Jacobs was a nice guy, solid player, and a Giant I'll never forget. People always seem to romanticize over Jacobs and think he was this big bruiser back that could always pick up that big yard when you needed it, which just is not the case whatsoever. I remember countless times on 3rd and 1, even 4th and 1 when Jacobs just couldn't fall forward for that extra yard. He had the size and strength, he just could never learn how to run low, ultimately ending his career early because he became useless. Blount is a way better power back than Jacobs. He ran for 18 touchdowns last year, that's something the Giants need. A guy that can just pound the rock into the endzone in tough goalline situation because lord knows last year we were the worst in those spots.
Paul Perkins is going to be an every down back for the Giants one day, believe that. He isn't the fastest or strongest guy, but he makes good cuts, has good vision, and doesn't mind throwing a block for his QB. Shane Vereen is the receiving back that can catch out of the backfield better than almost any other RB in the NFL. With this core group of guys, Eli Manning's job will become that much easier. Allow me to reference the 2008 season yet again when we had the original three headed monster at running back, Eli had an amazing year. Yeah he didn't throw for many yards, that's only because he didn't need to with his running game leading the way. The Giants went 12-4 that season and if it wasn't for Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg the Giants probably go back to back that year. The past is the past all we can do now is try to recreate it and signing LeGarette Blount would do just that.