New York Giants: Kregg Lumpkin

Giants '13 free agent list

January, 1, 2013
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Happy New Year! It's 2013 and the New York Giants can officially start looking forward to this upcoming season.

GM Jerry Reese believes the Giants still have a championship contending core but he also promises that the roster will look slightly different next season.

Here is the unofficial Giants' unrestricted/restricted/exclusive rights free agent list:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

T Will Beatty -- Hard to find starting left tackles. Might be most important Giants free agent.
DE Osi Umenyiora -- Won't rule out return but sounds ready to move on.
G Kevin Boothe -- Versatile and solid. Giants should bring him back.
TE Martellus Bennett -- Should only get better but will another team offer more money?
S Kenny Phillips -- Would like to see him back but for right price.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Solid vet is an asset but is NYG ready to go with Mark Herzlich?
LB Keith Rivers -- When healthy, showed glimpses of speed and athleticism.
K Lawrence Tynes -- Best NFL kicker until shaky finish. Should still be re-signed.
DT Rocky Bernard -- Cheap and reliable but Marvin Austin needs snaps.
WR Domenik Hixon -- Solid veteran provides depth and a punt returner.
WR Ramses Barden -- Shined in start vs. CAR but didn't get many other opportunities.
QB David Carr -- Knows system and works well with Eli.
TE Travis Beckum -- Injuries hampered Giants career.
T Sean Locklear -- Great until suffering ugly knee injury.
CB Justin Tryon -- Invite to camp?
RB Kregg Lumpkin -- Saw some third-down duties.
DT Shaun Rogers -- Blood clot kept him out of '12.
CB Brian Witherspoon -- Has to come back from another ACL tear.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

WR Victor Cruz -- Time to pay the salsa.
S Stevie Brown -- The surprise of 2012 could be starting safety next season.
RB Andre Brown -- On the mend after broken leg derailed best season.
TE Bear Pascoe -- Versatile and needed for blocking.
RB Ryan Torain -- Didn't play much.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

DE Adrian Tracy -- 'Yosi' (Young Osi) might see bigger role.
C Jim Cordle -- Good for depth/special teams.
DE Justin Trattou -- Giants like his potential.

Tell us what you want to see happen with the Giants' free agents below.

Wilson struggles in first start

December, 16, 2012
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ATLANTA -- There was a notable difference between how David Wilson's first start began for him and how it went for his team in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Falcons.

The rookie running back from Virginia Tech opened strong in replacing the injured Ahmad Bradshaw. He had 47 yards on six carries in the first quarter, but he finished the same way the Giants played overall.

Wilson's final six carries were good for just 8 yards, although he said he didn't notice the Falcons making any changes on defense.

"I didn't really notice a difference; we've just got to bring it, be more physical," he said. "They played harder than us today."
[+] EnlargeDavid Wilson
Josh D. Weiss/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wilson had 12 carries for 55 yards.

Wilson finished with 55 yards on 12 carries.

After New York forced a punt early in the second period, they started a drive at their own 20-yard-line while trailing 14-0.

Falcons defensive end John Abraham dropped Wilson for a 1-yard loss on first down, and Eli Manning threw his second interception on the next play.

Kregg Lumpkin replaced Wilson on the Giants' next possession, and had some success with three carries for 39 yards as Big Blue moved to the Atlanta 33.

That was about it for the Giants' running attack for the rest of the game. At that point Wilson and Lumpkin had combined to rush 10 times for 85 yards.

From then on, they rushed 11 times for 12 yards. Lumpkin's final six carries went for 3 total yards.

That downward slide began on second-and-2 from the 33, where Lumpkin was stopped for no gain behind right tackle. Then, he gained just a yard behind right guard.

Wilson re-entered as Giants coach Tom Coughlin opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 32.

Wilson went left, the Falcons stretched it out, and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon led the way as Atlanta dropped the play for no gain.

Wilson caught one pass for 11 yards, and any hope that he might impact on the game by way of kickoff returns was wiped away by the strong leg of Falcons kicker Matt Bosher.

All seven of Bosher's boots went into the end zone, and on the three Wilson brought out he mustered an average of 22 yards to start drives at the 13-, 20- and 16-yard lines.

Field possession was an all-day disaster, as the Giants' average starting spot was their own 18 while the Falcons' average drive began at the Atlanta 39.

"They were kicking them deep, and some of them you try to make work and others you've got to take the knee," Wilson said.

There would be no more highlights for either back.

On the Giants' final play, though, Lumpkin took a backward pass from Manning and turned upfield for what looked like a sizable gain. Abraham tracked him from behind and swung his right arm like a hammer upper-cut to pop the ball out. The Falcons recovered, and ran out the final 4:06.

"When I threw [Abraham] by I knew he was behind me, but I didn't know how close he was," Lumpkin said after finished with nine carries for 42 yards and a reception for no gain. "I was trying to get down field, pick up the first down and maybe more. I just had the ball swinging.

"You're supposed to carry it high and tight all the time. He poked it out, and they got the ball back. We've just got to go back to the drawing board, and get it to work."

Coughlin to Wilson: 'Ratchet it up'

November, 29, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ready or not, it's David Wilson's time to showcase his skills in the aftermath of Andre Brown's broken fibula that will cost him the remainder of the regular season.

"Ratchet it up," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday of his expectations moving forward for the rookie running back. "He's ready to go."

With the team suddenly thin at running back, Coughlin has talked with Wilson about how he has to be prepared and ready to fill a larger role in the offense. The rookie had barely been used in the offense but that's likely to change even with the signings of Ryan Torain and Gregg Lumpkin.

"We’ve put a lot of responsibility on (other players') shoulders and it’s time for him. He’s a first-round draft choice, a talented kid," Coughlin said. "He got some plays the other night (against Green Bay), which was a good thing. We go from there."

With the addition of the new running backs, Wilson said it's helped him because he's having to answer questions from them about the offense which reinforces his knowledge. Late in last week's blowout of Green Bay, Wilson had six carries for 13 yards and caught one pass for five yards.

"I just want to be productive for the team and I have been doing my role on kickoff returns," Wilson said. "I just wanted to find a way to be productive and provide something for the team and I have been doing that.

The pair of new running backs had their first practices Thursday and Coughlin said it's a possibility that they could play this week.

Torain, who played with Washington for two seasons including last year, said he was training and playing seven-on-seven football in Chandler, Arizona to help him stay in shape. While he didn't latch on with a team until late in the year, Torain remained confident he'd be able to eventually sign with some team and dedicated himself to eating right and staying in good shape.

The running back started four games with the Redskins last year and rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown before being waived later in the year. He described his time in Washington as a "good opportunity," and believes he'll be ready if needed to face his former team . He added that he isn't able to give many pointers about Washington's offense.

"It will be an awesome first game back," Torain said. "First game back, that being my former team, I am excited to play against my old buddies. But it is definitely a game and I got to play my hardest."

Lumpkin, who was with Seattle earlier this year, actually had job offers outside of football during the past few months. One was from a mortgage company in Atlanta, but he decided to put off the business world to further his NFL career and sign with the Giants.

He was already practicing with the special teams unit Thursday and spent time in the pass protection meetings. Brown played special teams in addition to his goal-line duties.

Lumpkin said: "Just trying to learn as fast as possible and as much as possible."

Giants add RBs Torain and Lumpkin

November, 27, 2012
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Looking to add some depth at running back, the New York Giants signed free agent backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin.

A source confirmed Torain and Lumpkin worked out for the Giants along with free agent Ryan Grant and Cadillac Williams, as first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger.

Torain joins the Giants right before they face his former team, the Redskins. Torain was with the Redskins last season and he also has played for the Broncos. Torain adds size and some power. Lumpkin has played for the Packers, Buccaneers and Seahawks. He can catch the ball out of the backfield with 41 receptions for 291 yards in 2011 for Tampa Bay.

The Giants needed a running back after placing Andre Brown on the injured reserve/designated to return list following a broken fibula suffered against Green Bay on Sunday night. Torain and Lumpkin will provide depth behind Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson.

How these moves impact Wilson's playing time remains to be seen. During the bye week, the coaching staff said Wilson still had to earn trust in order to play. But Tom Coughlin said this week that Wilson's time has come and Wilson is eager to prove to his coaches that he can get the job done on Monday night.

The Giants waived offensive lineman Selvish Capers to make room on the roster. They also terminated the contract of running back Joe Martinek off the practice squad and may add Capers back to the practice squad.

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