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I have been doing a lot of research on Ahmad Bradshaw recently and have been finding more and more that Bradshaw has the potential for a great season in 2012. Let’s go over some of the reasons why I think this.
First lets go over some of Bradshaw’s history and stats from previous seasons.The first thing that jumps out at me when looking at his stats is his consistency is touchdown over the past 3 seasons; Bradshaw scored 7 TDs in 2009, 8 in 2010 and 9 in 2011. He has only topped 1000 yards once, and that was in 2010 when he went for 1235, but he still scored 9 TDs in 2011 on only 659 yards in only 12 games. In the season he went for 1200 he was given 276 carries, in comparison to only 171 last year; I don’t expect him to get less than 200 this year.
In my eyes the biggest boost to Bradshaw’s value is the signing of Brandon Jacobs in San Francisco. Jacobs had 152 carries for 571 yards last year, almost as many carries as Bradshaw had. With Jacobs gone the backup is now D.J. Ware, who has shown potential but likely wont see the amount of work that Jacobs got, meaning more touches for Bradshaw.
The Giants also have one of the leagues most dangerous passing attack. Eli Manning proved last year that he is an elite quarterback, and has two premier targets in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, whom are both still young. Both Nicks and Cruz have excellent speed and hands with big play ability; defences will be forced to pay a lot attention to them. The Giants have also signed TE Martellus Bennet, a player that many experts are talking about and expecting a bit of a break out from.
A possible concern for Bradshaw going into the 2012 season is his health, particularly his ankle. Last year he missed a few games and in the seasons before was forced to play through ankle issues (though he did play well). Bradshaw has said that he plans on skipping the Giants Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) in order to rest his “chronically” battered ankles.
So I named the article “Can Ahmad Bradshaw be a top-10 RB in 2012”, so can he? I think he can. I obviously can’t say for sure that he will, but I am finding that he has the potential. He has shown that with a full workload he can rush hit the 1000 yard mark and then some. He has also shown that he can consistently cross the goal line, getting a career best 9 TDs last year on limited touches. If Ahmad gets 230+ touches he could reach the 1000-1200 yards mark. Last year Jacobs added 7 TDs to Bradshaw’s 9; would it be out of line to say Bradshaw has the potential for 11-13 TDs, or even more. Numbers like that could make Bradshaw a very valuable draft target.