John Fennelly, Lead WriterDa’Rel Scott was on the bubble for a roster spot two weeks ago. Then something happened, as it always does this time of year. Andre Brown, the Giants’ No. 2 Back, broke his leg – again. Scott was suddenly spared a visit from the notorious “Turk.” Given his past status with the team, he still had no idea what to expect.
He had lingered on the Giants’ bench, either injured or buried behind the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, DJ Ware, Andre Brown and David Wilson.
“I definitely was sweating,” said Scott, recounting his experience last Saturday. “I had my family here to kind of keep my mind away from whether I got the call or not so I definitely had strong support from my family so I just had to keep praying and have my faith that I would be here on Monday.”
Here he is, the injury to Brown paired with a bailout performance against the Patriots in the final preseason game forced the Giants to keep him. Tom Coughlin told reporters that if Scott could help the team in this short audition, he will himself going forward.
“Play well when the opportunity comes, like he did the other night,” Coughlin said when asked what he hopes to see this week from his third-year speedster from Maryland.
Scott hopes he gets the opportunity to do just that. The Giants have hosted several veterans this week, hoping to find one that can crack their roster at a reasonable price.
“I have a huge opportunity to let the organization know that we don’t have to bring in anybody yet,” Scott said. “So I just have to have my faith and prove to them that I deserve to be here and that they don’t need to bring anyone else in.”
Kevin Gilbride, the Giants’ offensive coordinator, confirmed today that Scott will be a part of the gameplan. David Wilson is the No.1 and Scott will be his immediate relief.
“Da’Rel is going to play. There’s no question about that and he’s going to have to play well for us,” said Gilbride. “He’s going to be a big part of what we’re doing. What that translates into is number of plays. I’d be less than honest if I told you it was going to be 20 or 30 percent. I think he’s going to be in the game.”
Gilbride, like Coughlin, liked what he saw from Scott last week in New England. He scored a touchdown that was called back due to a penalty. So he kept his focus and stayed in the game. He scored again. This time it counted.
That alone was not enough to clinch a roster spot. He needed some help. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of Brown. The Giants, at cutdown time, still found they had not seen the best of Scott.
“It just shows you how tenuous things can be for all of us, but especially in our business,” said Gilbride. “You know what he did? The three times in a row where we gave him the ball and then that slip screen, I thought he showed as much of a physical presence in his running game that you’d like to see. You know he’s got the speed and you know if there’s a hole there, he’s going to exploit that and he’s got a chance, speed-wise, to go the distance, as he did a couple of years ago on that fake punt. No one’s going to catch him. “