Notebook: Torain and Scott ready to fill in

August, 30, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Saturday's final cuts day will be a nerve-wracking one for Da'Rel Scott.

But the New York Giants backup running back hoped he showed he might help fill the void left by when Andre Brown suffered a broken leg in Thursday's 28-20 loss to the New England Patriots.

Scott rushed for 25 yards on four carries and scored a touchdown on a six-yard catch in the third quarter.

The Giants will have a decision to make as to what to do about Brown's injury and how many running backs to keep on the active roster. Brown feels he can be back soon and won't need the temporary injured-reserve designation. The Giants, though, will need to keep a few running backs behind David Wilson. Scott and Ryan Torain hope they will be able to stick.

"We are definitely a great running-back group and will help pick up the slack," said Torain, who rushed for 14 yards on six carries. "I most definitely know we can get the job done. We will keep Dre in our prayers."

Seventh-round pick Michael Cox has impressed the coaching staff in camp and has been returning kickoffs. Cox had just four carries on for minus-2 yards, but he might have shown enough to stick. Scott hopes he will return for a third season.

"It’s always a numbers game," he said. "Nothing is guaranteed. I am still worried about (Saturday's cuts), so it is in God’s hands right now. Just hope and pray on Saturday I don’t get a call."

Starvin' Marvin: Marvin Austin, fighting for a roster spot in a crowded defensive-tackles unit, hopes he has shown to either the Giants or another team that he can play in the NFL.

"I went out there, I left it on the field," said Austin, who had one tackle against the Pats. "The opportunities that I had, I tried to go out there and make plays. I played within the scheme of the defense. I think technically I played my best game, just as a technician. I didn’t make as many plays as I would love to make."

The Giants have a really difficult decision to make ahead of Saturday's deadline with their defensive tackles. After starters Linval Joseph and Cullen Jenkins, the Giants have Shaun Rogers, second-round pick Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson and Austin. There's also Markus Kuhn, who is on the physically unable to perform list.

"We’ve got dogs," said Austin, the Giants' second-round pick in 2011. "Everybody on that D-line can play, as you can see. Pro Bowlers. Former Pro Bowlers. ... At the end of the day I can be happy with the effort that I gave. I went out there, gave everything that I could’ve for this organization because they gave me an opportunity when another organization wouldn’t."

Austin was hoping to end the preseason with a sack on Tim Tebow. He did end up delivering a shot to Tebow on an interception in the second half.

"I wanted him," Austin said. "They’re trying to go out there, get your sack and do the Tebow. That’s what everybody was talking about, going out there and putting their hands around Tebow because he’s a guy who’s gotten a lot of media attention and stuff like that. If you’re trying to make a team, you go out there and put your hands around him, that could get your name out there."

Austin did put the shot on Mark Sanchez that knocked him out last week. Austin hopes he has shown enough this preseason to stick with the Giants.

One more time: Mark Herzlich finished the preseason strong, with eight tackles, an interception and a pass batted down... Patterson was a presence with 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits... Defensive ends Matt Broha, Justin Trattou and Adewale Ojomo each had a sack on Tebow... Cornerback Trumaine McBride had an interception and a hit that led to Herzlich's interception, but also missed a tackle that led to a Patriots touchdown.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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