Spotlight on Dorsey Levens

While no one will yet make a definitive statement, it's extremely difficult to envision Levens on the sidelines in street clothes when the season rolls around.

It still hasn't been proven that the Giants signed Dorsey Levens away from the Eagles this past April to give Ron Dayne a kick in the proverbial pants. But whatever the reason, the Giants have added a solid professional rusher and are definitely the better for it.

In camp's early going, Levens has not only looked the part running the pigskin, but he's appeared rather adept at turning the corner and catching the ball as well. Including the post-season, Levens has 332 career catches with 19 touchdowns.

Injuries forced Levens to miss close to half the Packers' games between 1998 and 2000, but he sure has looked healthy since then. Last year's 5.5-yard average on 75 carries was a career high for number 28. "I feel good," Levens said. "There's so much left in me. I missed so much time with injuries; there's not a lot of mileage on me."

It's shown so far. While no one will yet make a definitive statement, it's extremely difficult to envision Levens on the sidelines in street clothes when the season rolls around.

RBs Coach Eric Studesville has been impressed with the 33-year old Levens.

"The first thing you see is the professionalism," Studesville said. "He comes here. He's learned the playbook and what we're trying to do. The biggest thing he brings is experience. He knows our offense as well as anyone right now. What you've seen so far you like."

Levens said it was an easy decision when the Giants came calling.

"They have offensive potential here," he said. "I know the defense is strong from first-hand experience. In my opinion if San Francisco hadn't come back, they would have been the team to beat. I know no one in Philly wanted to face them again."

While still uncertain exactly what his role in New York will be, Levens is anxious to start his 10th NFL campaign.

"If I can stay healthy the sky's the limit." He said. "The hunger is still there and the competitive nature is still there. It's just a matter of getting the time."


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