Can Andre Brown be the Giants’ starting RB?

Earlier today, the New York Post reported Giants RB Andre Brown is preparing this off-season as if he’ll be the starter come September.

Obviously, with the release of incumbent Ahmad Bradshaw, the battle for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart is between Brown and David Wilson.

It does beg the question, however, of whether Brown is capable of being the Giants’ lead dog.

First and foremost, every player in a position battle must own the attitude that he is the best man for the job, despite what the odds suggest.

Brown, a few months removed from breaking his leg, proved to be the Giants’ ultimate goal-line option, as well as a strong pass-blocker.

In 8 games where he had a snap, Brown totaled 385 yards and 8 TD, in addition to an impressive 5.27 yard-per-carry average. His best outing, of course, came when he drew the start in place of the injured Bradshaw and racked up 113 yards and two scores against Carolina.

That game proved Brown is capable of handling the workload of a starting NFL back, though it did come against a very mediocre Panthers D (19th in the NFL vs. the run).

Secondly, Wilson, the other contender for the spot and the odds-on favorite, thrived in the final games of the season filling in for Bradshaw. Wilson accounted for 247 yards and five total touchdowns in the final four contests.

Also, when a franchise drafts a running back in the first round, it usually means they have extremely high hopes for this player as the future centerpiece of the backfield.

Then again, this is Tom Coughlin we’re talking about.

Though Brown may consider himself the best option at running back, and Wilson may be the man who is penciled in at No. 1 on the depth chart, the most likely scenario to play out is that these two backs enjoy a timeshare at the position.

Wilson can be explosive and a dynamic option out of the backfield, while Brown has rumble and tumble on short yardage and stay in to help protect Eli Manning. Or it may be a momentum thing — go with the hot hand or alternate by game situation.

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