Notebook: Brown shines in preseason finale
August, 30, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Andre Brown knows what the next two days are going to be like.
After being cut seven times during his career, he knows the next 48 hours will be nerve-wracking. The Giants will trim their roster down to 53 on Friday and Brown feels he made a good final impression by rushing for a team-high 55 yards on 14 carries and adding two catches for 22 yards in the Giants' 6-3 win over New England.
"[Coach Tom] Coughlin said I ran the ball pretty well," Brown said. "I picked up all pass protection pretty solid there. Went out on special teams, didn't make a tackle but I felt that I did everything I was supposed to do, kept everybody off the punter and ran out there on kickoff and tried to make a tackle and leave the rest to God.
"I know we are very deep at the running back position," Brown continued. "I just feel like I can contribute to this team and I finally grew up in this offense and am confident in my ability to go out here and do what I am capable of doing."
AP Photo/Kathy WillensAndre Brown gained more than half of the Giants' 101 rushing yards on Wednesday night.
On the first series of the third quarter, Brown gave a dormant Giants offense much-needed life. He ran the ball nine times for 52 of the Giants' 64 yards and caught a pass for nine yards. He ran hard and had gains of 8, 16 and 9 yards on the drive which resulted in a Lawrence Tynes' field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
"I was tired," Brown said. "I didn't have that many carries since like junior year in college. I am very proud of that drive."
The one glaring negative of Brown's night was a fumble inside the Giants' 10-yard line in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, Bear Pascoe recovered it at the one-yard-line.
"I had one bad play and that was the fumble," he said. "I saw that hole outside and I was like, 'Oh my goodness, this could be it, the big run they were looking for.'"
Brown hopes his effort was good enough to erase the fumble and keep him on the roster. The Giants have D.J. Ware, Brown and Da'Rel Scott behind Ahmad Bradshaw and first-round pick David Wilson.
"Since I have been in the league, I have been cut, what, seven times?" Brown said. "This is not a very good feeling. I finally felt that I understand the offense where I can go out there and be comfortable and be a great running back that I know I am.
"It is not a good feeling [waiting]. The next few days is going to be very worrisome. All I am going to do is continue to pray and let God lead the way."
Mr. Jones: Another Giant who may have a anxious next couple of days is Greg Jones.
The second-year player is part of a crowded linebackers unit which has Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, Keith Rivers, Chase Blackburn, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger, Jones and Jake Muasau.
Jones collected a sack on Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer. Jones said his only other sack as a Giant came against Hoyer, a fellow Michigan State product, last preseason.
"Just showing a little Spartan love, tough love," said Jones, who recovered a blocked punt last weekend against Chicago. "I feel like I laid everything on the line and gave it my heart and everything I could do."
Paysinger had six combined tackles despite briefly leaving at the end of the first quarter after having his ankle rolled. He said he is fine. Herzlich had an active night, recording four tackles, including stuffing Brandon Bolden on a third-and-3 at the Giants' 3-yard-line in the second quarter.
Marcus in the middle: Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas made his first big play as a Giant when he recovered a fumble by Hoyer after preseason sensation Adewale Ojomo strip-sacked Hoyer.
Thomas scooped the fumble up at the Patriots' 32-yard-line and ran 12 yards before fumbling the ball and recovering it at the Patriots' 17 with 2:27 left in the game. That helped set up the Giants' go-ahead field goal with 1:07 remaining.
"The end zone kept getting further and further away the more steps I took," Thomas said, laughing. "I feel like I could have done a lot better [overall] but sometimes plays just don't go your way. In this particular instance, it did at the end."
Thomas has a good chance of sticking on the roster since Chris Canty is on the PUP list for at least the first six games, Shaun Rogers is out indefinitely due to a blood clot and Marvin Austin has been sidelined by a back injury.
"I don't know, man," Thomas said when asked if he felt he had done enough to remain a Giant. "I have seen a lot of things in my career. I am going to watch film and take it from there."