What can Brown do for you? Well, when it comes to running back Andre Brown filling in for an injured Ahmad Bradshaw, he can tally 90 total yards and a game winning touchdown on 15 touches for the New York Giants.
Going into Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brown has amassed a grand total of -1 yards rushing on two carries in his NFL career. Not expecting much to change for him in that regard, he was merely looking to make an impact on special teams. However, fate would thrust him into an important role and the fourth-year back out of NC State would not allow it to slip through his fingers.
"I just needed a shot and took advantage of my shot yesterday," Brown said. "I don't think it's closure, though. I think it's a beginning. As far as me just playing in an NFL game and I really contributed to the win we had yesterday. I just think it's the beginning and I'm going to continue to work hard and I'm going to continue to go out there and do whatever coach wants me to do and be ready whenever my number's called."
Brown is no stranger to frustrating trials and tribulations, and he's continued where many before him had given up. A fourth-round pick in 2009, his NFL career was almost immediately derailed after suffering a torn Achilles tendon. He was subsequently released by the Giants and then bounced around for a year until returning to New York in 2011.
He did eventually get himself a ring, but did so while on the practice squad. He also earned himself a four-game suspension for failing to file proper paperwork with the league for his prescribed use of Adderal. Luckily for him, that suspension for overturned or he wouldn't have had his shot on Sunday afternoon.
"I've been waiting for a couple years now," Brown said. "Patience is key. If you let things play out and when your opportunity comes you just have to take advantage of it."
Head coach Tom Coughlin praised Brown on Monday morning, saying he ran very hard and "did well" in Sunday's win. However, he wouldn't go as far as to name him the starter for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers … in the event that Bradshaw (neck) is unable to play, of course.
Either way, Brown has earned himself some carries as a solid North-South runner. And even iif Bradshaw returns fully healthy, he's now stolen some carries away (see: earned) from both he and rookie running back David Wilson.
Photo Credit: Mike Gannon
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