Giants’ little-used restricted free agent RB Andre Brown is setting some lofty goals for himself this season. He is predicting a record-setting season for himself this fall. Considering he’s only played in 14 games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, it’s appears as if he’s just daydreaming out loud right now.
“Third-down back, pass protection, goal line, short yardage – all that,” he said. “I can’t wait to do it.”
Last year, Brown scored eight touchdowns in 10 games before fracturing his fibula. Now fully healthy, he’ll be an ideal complement to explosive feature back David Wilson.
“I have to outdo last year’s stats. Eight touchdowns – I want 22,” Brown said as per Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News. “I want 1,300 (yards) this year. That’s the steppingstone. I have to erase last year’s stats and show I can do better.”
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Pretty high talk for a player who can’t stay in uniform. Of course, he’s expecting that to change. We hope he’s right.
The Giants will give Brown the opportunity to garner some of those numbers, but based on his past performance (or lack of it), it’s hard to take him seriously.
Brown is predicting he’ll eclipse Joe Morris’ franchise record of 21 TDs, set in 1985. He may as well have predicted he’d top Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. He also thinks 1,300 yards are a possibility. That has only been achieved six times in the Giants’ 88-year history (Tiki Barber did it four times and Morris did it twice).
Plus, he won’t be the feature back. The Giants have not really had a “feature back” since Barber left in 2006. At best, Brown be splitting carries with at least two other players, including Wilson, who the team plans to unleash 20-25 times per game. He has a better chance at the 22 TDs than he does at the 1,300 yards because the team will most likely use him in short-yardage and red zone situations.