Andre Brown ready for increased touches
New York Giants running back Andre Brown is finally getting his chance to show what he can do. The fifth year back has had a career filled with injuries but has kept working, kept grinding and now he’s going to be a major piece in the Giants offense. On the team’s current depth chart he’s listed as co-starter with David Wilson.
With the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw to Indianapolis this offseason, Brown has gone from a spare part to a co-starter in the Giants backfield along with second-year pro David Wilson.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (a good feeling to have established himself) but I still attack it as if … life in the NFL isn’t guaranteed,” Brown said on Friday. “Every year, it’s a blessing to play. I’m still going to attack it as if I’ve been cut a couple of times.” (NJ Star Ledger)
Brown had a very solid 2012 gaining 385 yards on 73 carries with eight touchdowns before breaking his leg in Week 12. He’s fully healthy now and will be the thunder in the Giants new Thunder and Lightning combo. From the sounds of things it looks like the Giants will be leaning on him and Wilson more then ever, even with the talent they have at the wide receiver position.
Brown, a hard-charging 6-foot, 227-pounder, will be counted on like never before this season. He’ll split time with the speedy Wilson. Both will almost certainly compile a career-high in carries.
“It’ll be a lot different,” said Brown, who spent the 2011 season on the Giants’ practice squad, “(Running backs coach Jerald Ingram) has told us we have to increase our conditioning. He wants to make sure we’re ready to go on those 15-20 play drives. He doesn’t want to see us tapping our helmets ready to come out because if a guy is hot, he wants to keep the offense moving.”(NJ Star Ledger)
You could also tell how excited this kid was to finally get his chance. Just a couple months ago he said he was going to gain 1,300 yards and score 22 touchdowns which is a very lofty goal considering he’s never made it through an entire season. That was all excitement though as he also backed off that goal.
“I’m going to go back on it,” he said with a smile. “Someone once told me to not set personal goals because you don’t want to sell yourself short. I’m just going to go out there and let the numbers take care of themselves.” (NJ Star Ledger)
Personally I can’t wait to see what Brown does in 2013. The kid has always had the talent but just been very unlucky with injuries. The combination of him and Wilson could really open things up more for the passing game.
It’s going to be an exciting 2013 in New York and it’s good to see the kid is ready for whatever is thrown at him.