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Andre Brown is a restricted free agent, but knows the Giants will tender him.
"I’m looking forward to being a Giant," Brown told the New York Post.
Brown also told the Post that he’s ready to compete for the starting running back job now that Ahmad Bradshaw is gone.
"Oh yes, I’m going to prepare to be a starter," Brown said. “That’s the dream job right there, to go out there and start and play for the New York Giants. I would love to do that. I’m going to put as much work as I need to put in to prepare for that role, if it happens to be me, put that faith in them that they can rely on me."
Regardless of who gets the starting nod this coming season, David Wilson and Brown are expected to both see carries. Tom Coughlin likes using multiple backs, and the two seem to complement each other.
"Dave’s so explosive, he will give you that big play," Brown said. "I’m going to go in there, I’m going to grind it out, catch the ball out of the backfield and be a capable third-down back, getting the hard yards, short-yardage and goal line, I’m that guy."
Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns on 221 carries last season. Brown had 385 yards and eight touchdowns on 73 carries until breaking his leg. And Wilson rushed for 358 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries.
The Giants liked what they saw from Brown, who had just two NFL carries prior to this past season, after being drafted in 2009 by the Giants. Brown ruptured an Achilles tendon during his rookie training camp, and subsequently bounced around between the Broncos, Colts, Panthers and Redskins before returning to the Giants.
Brown believes he showed the Giants what he is capable of doing when given carries.
"I improved throughout the whole season and I was getting better before I got injured, that I’m capable of running between the tackles," Brown told the Post. "I caught the ball very well, pass blocking got better throughout the year and I can score one-yard touchdowns pretty good."
Brown said his injury has healed and that he would have been ready if the Giants had been in the Super Bowl.
He’s ready to prove to the Giants that he can start in this league.
"I still feel I’m still young, like I’m just getting into the league," Brown said. “If you really think about it my first year was last year, you can consider that my rookie year because I never played a whole active season. If they bring in another guy I don’t know what I’d think, but that would just fuel me to go out there and be better."
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