Brown getting the goal line carries

November, 25, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For Andre Brown, being a goal-line back is all about attitude.

"You got to go out there and hit it hard and give them hell," Brown said.

As the season has progressed, Brown, who is averaging six carries a game, has emerged as the team's goal-line back. Brown has scored a touchdown in four straight games, with all four of those scores coming from no more than two yards out.

"I'm the biggest back, that's basically what it is," Brown said. "Be a big back and go in there short yardage and goal line and go there and make sure I get short-yardage situations. I go in there and just want to stay consistent and go out there and produce."

With his size advantage over his fellow running backs David Wilson and Ahmad Bradshaw, it's easy to see why the Giants rely on Brown near the end zone. Brown is the tallest back and has 15 pounds on Bradshaw and 25 on Wilson. Tom Coughlin likes Brown for his power and speed and being a north-south runner, which is needed near the goal line.

"You just got to get that one or two yards, get in the end zone, stick it in there and it's different down there because everybody knows what's going to happen," Brown said. "Splits are cut tighter, defenses are rearing back because they know what's about to go down."

The Giants haven't phased Bradshaw out of work inside the 10, as he had a one-yard touchdown run against Washington on Oct. 21 and has gotten work inside the red zone, but they seemingly preferring to pound it in with Brown. Bradshaw has four rushing touchdowns on the year, but hasn't been able to get one since his one-yard score vs. the Redskins.

In the past three weeks, the Giants have rushed the ball nine times inside the opponent's 10-yard line, with Brown holding a slim 5-4 lead in carries. The difference, though, is Bradshaw's carries have all come from five yards out or deeper, while Brown's carries have been from no more than four yards out. In fact, four of Brown's carries, three of which went for scores, have come from the two-yard line or closer.

"That's my package so I'm going to go in there and get it," Brown said.

While Brown might get the touchdowns, he's not nearly getting as many carries as Bradshaw. After a hot start to the year while Bradshaw was injured, Brown's carries aren't that frequent. Against Dallas on Oct. 28 he had just two, and against Cincinnati on Nov. 11, all of Brown's carries came in the second half and predominantly while the Giants trailed by a few scores.

Brown is OK with any role the team has for him.

"Whatever I can do to help," Brown said. "When it comes down to it, whatever my role is on the team I'm going to put my all into it."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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