At this point in the season, most New York Giants' fans are aware of running back Andre Brown's struggle to find a role on an NFL team. But now he has found a home in the Giants, and he's averaging about six carries a game. Brown has proven he can be relied on to start in the case of an injury to Ahmad Bradshaw, but his primary role has become the team's goal line back.
Brown has seven rushing touchdowns on the season, and has scored a touchdown in each of the last four games. Every one of his last four scores has been no longer than a two yard rush. Brown's size is one reason he sees more goal line carries than his fellow running backs. He's the tallest, and has more than fifteen pounds on both Bradshaw and David Wilson. Coach Tom Coughlin loves Brown's combination of speed and power, along with his north – south style of running.
"I'm the biggest back, that's basically what it is," Brown said. "Be a big back and go in there short yardage and goal line and go there and make sure I get short-yardage situations. I go in there and just want to stay consistent and go out there and produce."
Currently Brown has racked up more touchdowns than starter Ahmad Bradshaw, who only has four this season, with has last one coming against the Redskins three weeks ago.
When the Giants are inside their opponents ten yard line, Bradshaw and Brown get nearly an equal number of touches. In the last three weeks Brown has seen five carries inside the ten, and Bradshaw has seen four. What is interesting is all of Brown's touches have come from inside the five yard line, while none of Bradshaw's have.
"You just got to get that one or two yards, get in the end zone, stick it in there and it's different down there because everybody knows what's going to happen," Brown said. "Splits are cut tighter, defenses are rearing back because they know what's about to go down."
Brown has seen his carries steadily decrease after having a couple big games in Bradshaw's absence earlier in the season. Many believe he has earned and deserves a bigger role than the coaches are giving him. Against the Dallas Cowboys on October 28, Brown had only two carries in a game the Giants' offense struggled to do anything. In the last game against Cincinnati all of Brown's carries came in garbage time when the chances of making a comeback were slim.
Tonight the Giants face a Packers defense that ranks tenth in league in rushing yards allowed. Brown will look to take advantage of every rep he gets tonight, as he looks to make this his fifth straight game with a rushing touchdown. Though even if his primary role remains the goal line back for the remainder of the season, Brown will be a happy camper. He owes the Giants for giving him an opportunity to play in the NFL, and will do anything the coaches ask of him.
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"Whatever I can do to help," Brown said. "When it comes down to it, whatever my role is on the team I'm going to put my all into it."
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