Friday, August 2, 2013
Andre Brown: Um, about those goals ...
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Andre Brown set some lofty 2013 goals for himself this spring: 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Well, a couple months later, Brown would like retract those exact numbers.
Andre Brown is eager for playing time after seeing action in a career-high 10 games last season.
"I'm going to go back on that because somebody once told me, don't set personal goals because you don't want to sell yourself short of them," Brown, who is currently competing with David Wilson for the No. 1 running back spot, said Friday. "I'm just going to go out here and play ball and just let the numbers take care of themselves."
Veteran Ahmad Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl champion, is gone. It's up to Brown and Wilson -- two inexperienced backs -- now.
Brown gets why there's concern.
"I understand that, and it's an opportunity. We're looking forward to it," Brown said. "We worked hard this offseason and we're excited about the opportunity we have and we're ready to go out there and just show what we've got. Show that we're effective backs and we can be efficient in this offense -- and they need productive backs in this offense. We're just ready, we're going to step up."
Brown, 26, has to had persevere to get to this point. After being drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in 2009, he suffered a ruptured Achilles during training camp and was forced to miss the entire season. The Giants then waived him. In 2010, Brown played for four different teams. He returned to the Giants in 2011 before being waived and then being signed to the practice squad.
It wasn't until 2012 that Brown got his opportunity, when Bradshaw went down with a neck injury. Brown ended up playing 10 games and rushing for 385 yards on 73 carries before breaking his fibula on Nov. 25.
Which brings us to now.
"He's been grinding away and he's certainly earned the opportunity that he's gotten here and I hope he takes full advantage of it," coach Tom Coughlin said.