The Underdog

Andre Brown has played the underdog role since he joined the league in 2009 and continues to play it during New York Giants training camp. Can Brown beat out the likes of David Wilson and take the place of fan favorite Ahmad Bradshaw?

David Wilson is the early favorite to win the starting running back job for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys, but that isn't keeping Andre Brown from giving it his all during preseason.

"I'm just going to leave it up to the coaches," Brown said. "That's my mindset right now. I'm going to just go out here, prove myself, again, like I have every year, and compete. That's all you can do and that's all you can ask for, just an opportunity to be a running back in this offense. I already know what it is and I'm looking forward to going out here and producing."

Both Wilson and Brown are competing to take the place of Ahmad Bradshaw, who was released this offseason by the Giants and signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Brown opened some eyes during the early parts of last year but saw his season get cut short when he broke his fibula during a Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers on November 25. Brown was nothing short of impressive before his season-ending injury. During the ten games the backup running back participated in, he had 73 carries for 385 yards, which was good for 5.3 yards per carry.

Brown also had a five-game stint of punching the ball into the end zone for the G Men. He finished the season with eight rushing touchdowns.

"My goal is to pick up and excel, don't just leave it as that," Brown said about picking up where he left off. "Just go ahead and let it all out. And just really be a key point in the offense and that's what I'm looking forward to." If Tom Coughlin doesn't find a clear favorite at the running back position, he can always elect to go with a two-headed attack.

David Wilson showed glimpses of becoming a premier talent in the National Football League. He is one of the fastest running backs in the league and he showed that to be true during several plays on special teams and offense last season. If he can figure out his turnover issue, there will be a lot of back flips in the back of the end zone next season.

"The sky is the limit." He went on to explain, "It all starts without attention to detail and out willingness to be proven a proven entity in this league," Brown said about the possibility of becoming a running back tandem. "As far as we work, hard work pays off. As long as we continue out here with a humble mindset and going out there and being a spark to this team and being a tempo-setter for this offense, the sky is the limit."

Brown is used to the underdog story, he has played it since joining the league in 2009 out of North Carolina State. The talent and athletic ability of Wilson has given his the early lead in the starting job, but Brown will continue to push himself and try to turn some heads.

Whoever is carrying the ball for the season opener will have some big shoes to fill because Bradshaw was a fan favorite at the Meadowlands and won't be easy to replace.

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