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New York Giants’ Ryan Torain: ‘Anxious to Help Any Way I Can’

November 30th, 2012 at 7:45 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants pride themselves on adding players who serve multiple roles, but more importantly, players that have a team-first attitude. And when they signed former Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain earlier this week, that's exactly what they got.

'Washington Redskins' Ryan Torain struts down the runway.' photo (c) 2011, DrivingtheNortheast - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Coming in after a long layoff, Torain knows he's merely a situational back at this point with a strong emphasis on his pass protection. And despite the emotion and anxiety of facing his former team right out of the gate, the Arizona State product is focused on doing whatever it is the Giants ask him to do.

"It will be awesome first game back. That being my former team, I’m excited to play against some of my old buddies. But it’s definitely a game and we’ve got to go out there and play our hardest," Torain said. "[I'm] just trying to help the team anyway I can."

With Kregg Lumpkin also in the mix, Torain knows there's a little competition for playing time. So by helping the team, he'll also help himself … perhaps to a little more playing time.

"That’s what we’re here for. It’s our jobs. It’s more exciting than nerve racking, but definitely got to go out there and take advantage," he added.

Head coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged on Thursday that both Lumpkin and Torain will likely be in the mix on Monday night, but will practice as part of the scout team for now. Whichever players shows the most improvement and understanding of the offensive system from now until then will likely be the beneficiary of a few more snaps.

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36 Responses to “New York Giants’ Ryan Torain: ‘Anxious to Help Any Way I Can’”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    Saints lose to Atlanta. Playoff hopes gone
    No excuse for giants not to beat them in 2 weeks

    •  jfunk says:

      Assuming the Saints quit, this is true. Not all teams quit when they’re eliminated though.

      •  njm0m says:

        From what I’ve seen the Saints quit a long time ago. Brees has looked very gun-shy of late. Without Peyton by his side Brees has looked very mortal. It has been very refreashing.

        If the Giants can show up with the fire they had on Sunday they shouldn’t have a problem with NO next week.

  2.  jfunk says:

    kujo, re: impact LBs.

    While Witherspoon is a quality LB, I’m not sure he’s the kind of game changer you’d spend that pick on. As you mentioned, we came out way ahead with the choice of JPP anyway and that is no accident.

    At the end of the day, not a bullet item for anyone making the argument that our LB roster is a reflection of Reese’s unwillingness to spend resources on the position.

    The frightening question is, had McClain still been there would Jerry have taken him instead? Thank the Raiders we didn’t have to face that possibility.

  3.  F0XLIN says:

    The Saints are just not that good of a team this year. Assuming we continue to play at a high level they don’t stand a chance in Giants Stadium

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    A couple of interesting games with NFC playoff implications on Sunday, including GB vs Minnesota and Chicago vs Seattle.

  5.  Krow says:

    We do a lot of grumbling as fans. And that’s our God given right as set down in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers. But in truth we have it good. Compared to the vast bulk of the NFL … being a Giants fan is easy street. 4 Superbowl trophies. Playoffs most years. A solid, stable coaching staff. One of the best organizations in the league. The team itself has few glaring holes. Oh sure, the OL and LBs could be better. But they don’t stink. We have our crap games. Then again all teams do. We’re 7-4 … probably going to the dance this year again. I bet there’re 25-30 teams that would love to be us.

  6.  njm0m says:

    Everyone talks about the complexities of the offense when it comes to the WR’s does anyone feel that the same issue would affect the running backs? I’m just curious on how effective either of these two guys will be on Monday night.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Our Complexities are more so on the receivers and the read option routes. RB’s is an easier transition. Stil a lot to learn about blocking schemes, pass protection and blitz pick up but not nearly as difficult as it is for wide recievers

      •  njm0m says:

        So basically if they can pick up the blocking schemes and hold onto the ball they get to play. Got it…Thanks Demo.

      •  jfunk says:

        The role of a pass protecting RB probably doesn’t vary that much from scheme to scheme. Many rookie backs will struggle because it’s stuff they’ve never had to do before, but once they know it switching to a different offense isn’t that big a deal.

        The things that will make a RB miss a block have more to do with what the defense does to disguise their rush than what the offense is doing. Knowing how to spot those disguises simply comes from experience, regardless of what offense you’re in.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        You’re right, BUT, one of the subtle things new running backs have to learn is how to work in our zone blocking scheme, which can be a significant transition for lots of college backs. You note the schemes, but a back literally has to learn to anticipate what each of the six or seven guys blocking for him are going to do on a given play, which in part comes from reading the defense prior to the snap. That can determine his angle into the gap and his anticipation of cutback lanes or routes into the second level of the defense and where those defenders are likely to be.

        You’re right that it isn’t as difficult as having to analyze 3-4 options on a route as a receiver explodes off the line of scrimmage (most people don’t think about this but the permutations that Eli has to analyze on a play out of the spread offense is at least 27 and usually over 200!!!), but it isn’t all that easy without experience in the scheme.

    •  Krow says:

      I saw an interview with Barry Sanders a couple years ago. He was asked what was the worst part about being an NFL running back. With no hesitation he said … blitz pickup. He went on to explain that it was tricky, and that too often you had to hit a guy 50 pounds bigger than you who was at top speed. Hardest hits he ever took.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    I’m not expecting much to be asked of either of these guys. They will probably play some on specials and Torain may be used in short yardage situations

    •  njm0m says:

      It should be a big day for Wlson though. Bradshaw does so much better when he has another running back breathing down his back and when I’m sorry to say this, but Diehls not playing. Love the man he has so much heart, but it is so time for him to hang up his cleats.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    Saints are donezo.. Stick a fork in them.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Which could not make me happier.

      Problem is, when we go down to New Orleans for the Super Bowl (Giants vs Denver in The Manning Bowl) we’ll hear the Saints fans mewling about the NFL conspiracy against them and how Sean Payton was crucified for the league’s sins.

  9.  Krow says:

    With the Taints going belly-up … my next wish is for Tebow to start at QB.

    •  jfunk says:

      Yeah, I’m really hoping for some Tebow Time too. Just for the lols.

      Although it’s hard to imagine Tebow matching Sanchez’s self inflicted TFL-FF-FBRTD play from last week. That was the kind of physical comedy that would make John Ritter green with envy.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      How about bringing in Fireman Ed under center. He may throw a better ball than Tim.

      Ah, I actually like the kid. And feel sorry for Sanchez. Talk about being surrounded with NOTHING. What a joke of a franchise.

      And speaking of jokes, David Wright is a nice young man, a very fine player, and an idiot. He should have taken less money to play for a team that will put talent around him. The Wilpons won’t, or can’t, do that for at least 2-3 more years.

      Tim Tebow and David Wright get the award for making bad choices in coming to bad franchises for the wrong reasons. Tebow really believed it when they told him he’d be in a fair competition to play QB. Wright really believes it when he’s told a good team will be built around him by these owners.

  10.  demo3356 says:

    With Mike Nolan doing a lights out job running that Falcons defense, I think they are going to be a tougher task than most here think. This isnt the same old Score a lot but cant stop anyone Falcons. Nolan is running a very complex confusing scheme, running 4/3- 3/4 man press/ zone cover 2 looks that have confused and gotten the best of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers and have stopped the red hot Bucs

    •  njm0m says:

      I’ll take a loss to Atlanta if it means creaming the likes of Washington, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Philly.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      Tough to judge Peyton in that game. It was his first road game, still very new in the offense, and not playing nearly on the same level. Rivers has been a turn over machine the last 2 years, but Breeze did get worked, probably should have been 6 TO’s

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