Giants links: Running backs flock to Giants complex for auditions

Unemployed running backs and their agents have been peppering the Giants ever since running back Andre Brown suffered a fractured left leg in the final preseason game against the Patriots.

Even more resumes flooded in after David Wilson fumbled twice in a season-opening loss to Dallas on Sunday night, leading to to intense debate in this reader poll and elsewhere about who should get the nod for Week 2.

Today, the Giants will conduct a second round of interviews when several running backs, including ex-Giant Brandon Jacobs and two-time Pro Bowler Willis McGahee, parade through the team’s training facility for auditions.

The Giants made a roster move late yesterday to open a spot on the 53-man, so you can expect something today — even if it’s shuffling players up from the practice squad.

As that’s all unfolding, Conor Orr will be live-chatting with us today at noon. If you can’t slip away at noon, post your questions now. Conor will get to as many of you as possible.

Here’s a closer look at everything else today:

FROM THE STAR-LEDGER AND NJ.COM:

• Tom Coughlin won’t say who is starting at running back against the Broncos.

• Steve Politi says Coughlin already is facing another major challenge with the Giants. Remember, Big Blue has missed playoffs three of past four seasons.

• It may only be Week 2, but tickets for the Manning Bowl are off the charts. Some of the best seats are fetching $6,000 and asking prices for the upper deck are north of $200.

• Antrel Rolle says the secondary is ready to take on Peyton Manning, who threw seven touchdown passes in the Broncos’ 49-27 victory over Baltimore in the NFL’s opening game Thursday night.

• Prince Amukamara is feeling better after suffering concussion against Dallas.

• And Eli Manning admits he feared for Peyton’s career after multiple neck surgeries.

AROUND THE WEB:

• Can Eli finally get a victory this time in the Manning Bowl against big brother, Peyton? Eli is 0-2 vs. Peyton.

• Is David Wilson finished as the Giants’ starting running back?

Giants can’t overact to David Wilson’s fumble woes. After all, few backs have Wilson’s explosiveness.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IN THE MILE HIGH CITY:

• Shaun Phillips steps in at linebacker admirably for the suspended Von Miller.

• Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker is not happy with his opening night performance.

• The Denver defense is digging in for a challenge against the Giants.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

• Dallas quarterback Tony Romo suffered bruised ribs Sunday night against the Giants but will not miss a start.

• Park Ridge native Brian Cushing returns a fourth-quarter interception 18 yards for a score to spark Texans’ rally from a 21-point deficit in victory over Chargers.

• Believe the hype. Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s madcap offense is for real.

STAY CLOSE, MY FRIENDS

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