Matt Brieda

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Brieda was brought in as a free agent for this very scenario. The veteran has over 2,800 career rushing yards and is undoubtedly the best pass blocker of the backups. He played two snaps Sunday against the Cardinals after Barkley limped off the field. He is the primary backup, a role he excelled in last year.

                                                                   Gary Brightwell

Brightwell was injured over the summer, putting him behind on the offensive side of the ball. He has established himself as an outstanding special teams player, showing that skill with a great open-field tackle on a punt return Sunday against the Cardinals. A converted wide receiver, the 24-year-old can give the added catch ability from the backfield.
Eric Gray

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The rookie saw playing time as a punt returner Sunday and had a very nice return of 14 yards, setting up a touchdown drive for the offense. He has primarily seen action on special teams and not in the backfield, but he has a shifty running style and can catch the ball. Breida certainly has the experience, and Gray has yet to have the time to become a good pass protector. Playing a rush-heavy San Fransico defense, the Giants may want something other than that liability.

No matter the choice, coach Brian Daboll has faith in all three.

“I’d say all three of the guys work really hard and prepare as if they are going to play an entire game.”