NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Wednesday, via a team source, that the Giants will see how backup running back Da'Rel Scott fares in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys before signing free-agent help.
With just Scott and Michael Cox behind starter David Wilson, the Giants on Tuesday hosted visits with free agents Leon Washington, Beanie Wells and Jonathan Dwyer, Kinkhabwala reported.
New York got paper thin in the backfield after Andre Brown was placed on injured reserve with the designated to return tag after he fractured his leg in the team's preseason finale. Brown is eligible to practice after Week 6 and play after Week 8. But with the Giants' bye falling in Week 9, we won't see a Wilson-Brown backfield until, at the earliest, Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.
If Scott struggles early, expect the Giants to add help next week. They might be in the hunt for a kick returner, too, considering Wilson is slated for such a heavy role on offense this season.