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New York Giants’ Ryan Torain: ‘Anxious to Help Any Way I Can’

November 30th, 2012 at 7:45 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants pride themselves on adding players who serve multiple roles, but more importantly, players that have a team-first attitude. And when they signed former Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain earlier this week, that's exactly what they got.

'Washington Redskins' Ryan Torain struts down the runway.' photo (c) 2011, DrivingtheNortheast - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Coming in after a long layoff, Torain knows he's merely a situational back at this point with a strong emphasis on his pass protection. And despite the emotion and anxiety of facing his former team right out of the gate, the Arizona State product is focused on doing whatever it is the Giants ask him to do.

"It will be awesome first game back. That being my former team, I’m excited to play against some of my old buddies. But it’s definitely a game and we’ve got to go out there and play our hardest," Torain said. "[I'm] just trying to help the team anyway I can."

With Kregg Lumpkin also in the mix, Torain knows there's a little competition for playing time. So by helping the team, he'll also help himself … perhaps to a little more playing time.

"That’s what we’re here for. It’s our jobs. It’s more exciting than nerve racking, but definitely got to go out there and take advantage," he added.

Head coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged on Thursday that both Lumpkin and Torain will likely be in the mix on Monday night, but will practice as part of the scout team for now. Whichever players shows the most improvement and understanding of the offensive system from now until then will likely be the beneficiary of a few more snaps.

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