Over at Giants.com there is a message board thread about this which raises the possibility of using the newly-acquired Reuben Droughns at fullback.
Droughns, who is 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, did play fullback when he first came into the league. I do not, however, think using him as an every down fullback would be a good idea.
What I would like to see is some occasional two-back sets with Droughns and Brandon Jacobs in the backfield together.
This is something I always wished the Giants would have done with Tiki Barber and Jacobs. Two real running threats in a split backfield has to pose more problems for a defense than an I formation where you know who is getting the ball, or even an offset I where you can also pretty much figure out which side it is being run to as well.
The Eagles did some of this effectively last season, using Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter simultaneously.
Droughns has rushed for more than 1,000 yards twice, and gained more than 700 for Cleveland last season. So, he is obviously a weapon.
Why leave him chained to the bench while Jacobs is on the field? The more weapons you have on the field the more difficult it makes things for the defense.
Without Barber, the Giants may have to change the style of their running game somewhat. The way I see it, using some two-back sets to keep defenses off-balance can only help ensure that they will continue to run the ball effectively.