Friday Morning Hits: American Dream, Da’Rel Scott

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Before you know it, we’ll be starting training camp. Players are due to report exactly two weeks from today on the 26th. The first workout is scheduled for the next day. The full training camp schedule along with guidelines for public access should be released soon.

Quick hits…

Gina Scala of New Jersey Newsroom puts her two cents in regarding the lawsuit filed by the developers of American Dream against the Giant and Jets…

The developers are accusing the NFL franchises of “greed” in protecting “their lucrative monopoly” on the Sports Complex. Hmmm…not for nothing Triple Five, but jealousy is an ugly thing.

As a born and bred Jersey Girl who loves to shop as much as I love my football, you couldn’t pay me enough to EVER step foot in American Dream Meadowlands. It has nothing to do with the traffic nightmares it will cause in the part of the state; nor the sheer enormity of the complex, which would require multiple visits to see and do everything (if that is even possible); nor the cognitive overload of sights; smells and sounds.

It’s because Triple Five are a bunch of hypocrites. They call the Giants and Jets greedy; yet they are building in an area that has three malls within 10 miles. Have they stopped to consider what impact American Dream Meadowlands will have on those other communities?

Michael Eisen of Giants.com outlined the prospects of third-year RB Da’rel Scott this week in his mailbag. Scott, a seventh-round selection in 2011, has yet to stay healthy enough to have his role(s) on the offense and special teams expanded…

Scott certainly did impress during the preseason of his rookie season (2011) where he ran for a long touchdown against the Bears and blocked a punt but I’m not sure how well Scott played in the 2012 preseason; he rushed for 55 yards on 17 carries, a 3.2-yard average. Granted, he usually ran behind the second or third-string line, but he also played against defenders who likely didn’t make an NFL roster.

Scott has fully recovered from his knee injury and will get an opportunity to show what he can do in training camp – his third with the team. But I see him getting relatively few opportunities to carry the ball once the season begins because David Wilson and Andre Brown are ahead of him on the depth chart. However, if he makes the most of those opporunities, you could see a three-headed attack like the team had in 2008 with Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward. If there is one thing you should know about the Giants, the team believes you can never have too many RB’s especially ones who have homerun speed like Scott.