Thursday, December 8, 2011
Bradshaw's return fuels backs
By Ian Begley
Back in 2007, the Giants called Ahmad Bradshaw "Fire" because his energy always seemed to spark the running game.
He was at it again on Sunday.
With Bradshaw back in the fold for the first time in four weeks, the Giants ran for 100 yards against the Packers.
Brandon Jacobs ran for 59 on eight carries. He admitted on Thursday that watching Bradshaw provided some extra motivation.
"Seeing how tough he is as a back and … as hard as he runs, that definitely rubs off on us because that’s what he wants us to do," Jacobs said.
The Giants hope Bradshaw can continue to spark their ground game.
They rank last in yards per attempt (3.3) and yards per game (83.8) heading into their Sunday night showdown with division-leading Dallas.
If the Giants rush for 100 yards or more, they are usually in good shape.
Tom Coughlin's crew is 4-1 when rushing for 100 yards or more. Their only loss when running for at least 100 yards was last Sunday against Green Bay. They are just 2-5 when they fail to run for 100 yards.
"I think being physical in the running game is definitely something this team needs," Jacobs said.
Bradshaw is about as physical as they come.
He caught a screen pass for a seven-yard gain on his first play from scrimmage last Sunday, taking on plenty of contact along the way. On the next snap, he took a handoff and broke a couple of tackles to gain five yards and a first down.
"It’s almost like I wanted to put everyone on my back and play for everybody," he said.
Bradshaw had missed the previous four weeks due to a fractured bone in his foot. Both he and Jacobs (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday but are expected to play against Dallas.
For more on Jacobs' motivation heading into Big 'D,' click here.