John Fennelly, Lead Writer
With David Wilson out “week-to-week” with a neck injury and Andre Brown’s return still a month away, the Giants’ running game has dwindled down to three players no one figured would have any impact at this season: the second-coming of Brandon Jacobs, little-used and recently cut Da’Rel Scott and rookie Michael Cox.
OC Kevin Gilbride told reporters the plan for this week in matter-of-fact fashion: “Whoever is up dressed and ready to go. I guess it will be Brandon, just like at the end of the game. It will be Brandon and Da’Rel.”
Gilbride was asked if the absence of Wilson puts additional pressure on an already stressed-out Eli Manning..
“Same as it’s been. You have guys that are going to have to play. I don’t know how to answer that except we’ll put up a 100-yard rusher anyways. We haven’t done any of that. It’s not like it has been a part of our game plan. We tried to do it, we just haven’t had the success we’d like to have. I think it will be certainly difficult because the guy who you projected to be your starter, you thought you were going to have another guy with Andre Brown, he’s out. Now you’re down to Brandon. Brandon’s going to battle, he’s going to give you all he’s got. Da’Rel is going to battle. The thing that makes it more difficult than usual is the quality of the opponent.”
Tom Coughlin, who undoubtedly will be penning a book on crisis management soon, seemed resigned to go with the flow, even if the flow is headed down the drain…
“Brandon had some good runs the other day and Da’Rel had some good runs when he was here. We have the young rookie that’s done a good job in preseason on kickoff returns, so I’m trying to project that further down the road. He did a nice job last week by the way, scout team-wise.”
Jacobs is always ready and declared himself fit to carry the load. He’s got be exited, given the fact he was out of football for most of 2013:
“My expectations, for me, are to go out and help this team win. Do something that we haven’t done all year long and do whatever they need me to do,” said Jacobs. “Pass protect, run hard, whatever, catch, whatever they ask me to do I have to do out there and get it done.”
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