Sunday, August 12, 2012
Ware in pursuit of larger role in 2012
By Ryan Hayner
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Running back D.J. Ware is trying to become the No. 2 option behind Ahmad Bradshaw when the season starts.
Ware got the nod as the first back off the bench in the preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday and did not disappoint. He finished with 30 yards and a touchdown on five carries. On his 2-yard scoring run, he bounced off contact and scored on a strong second effort.
D.J. Ware averaged six yards per carry on Friday.
The six-year veteran feels that he has waited his turn and came into camp with the mindset that this will be the season he takes on a bigger role. He was listed as the No. 3 back behind Bradshaw and first-round pick David Wilson on the unofficial depth chart released earlier this week.
"I just try to make sure that I go out there and keep whatever Ahmad has going still going," Ware said. "If he's not doing too well, then I'll try to give us a spark. Going out there and running hard is my main objective right now. I'm trying to stay positive on my yardage and yards per carry and let the rest take care of itself."
Head coach Tom Coughlin praised Ware for making several nice decisions with the ball, but also said there were some "so-so" decisions as well against the Jaguars.
"He ran hard, ran powerful. ... I think he could have scored without running into trouble by being a little wider on his touchdown run there," Coughlin said during a conference call on Saturday. "He is playing well and playing hard; he is helping on special teams. He has got a very good attitude. I kind of like what I see."
Ware said competing with a first-round pick provides motivation, but it won't stop him from helping younger guys like Wilson.
"They won't learn if you don't help them," he said. "It's one of those things where I'm going to go out there and play my best, but at the same time I'm going watch him and make sure that he's doing what he needs to do because somebody taught me just the way I'm teaching him."
Ware finished third on the team last year in carries (46) and rushing yards (163). He also caught 27 passes out of the backfield for 170 yards.
"I just want to be a playmaker. I just want to be somebody that can get the ball in my hands and I can do something with it," he said. "Whether that's in the red or green, goal line, or out on the field, I just want to get out there and make plays. If I can do that, then I'll be glad to help my team."