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Ahmad Bradshaw: What to Expect from New York Giants RB in Week 4

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants reacts against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

The New York Giants miss their star running back Ahmad Bradshaw, but the time recovering from a neck injury has opened the door for the emergence of 25-year-old running back Andre Brown.

Bradshaw injured his neck in the Giants’ 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, and he missed last week’s victory against the Carolina Panthers.

It was in the win over the Panthers that Brown took the helm as the starting running back and made his case to be a big part of the Giants game plan even when Bradshaw returns to the lineup.

As Week 4’s Sunday night matchup against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles approaches, it’s time to analyze what NFL fans and fantasy owners should expect from New York’s top running back going forward.

 

Injury Update

While the last week and a half was tough for Bradshaw, the running back tweeted from his official page a teaser that he had great news about his health:

Great news! Thanks everyone for ur thoughts and prayers.But u dnt understand,I'm Ready to rock #bigblue #health

— Ahmad Bradshaw (@AhmadBradshaw) September 24, 2012

Ralph Vacchiano from the New York Daily News is reporting that the “great news” from Bradshaw’s previous tweet was that he was cleared to return to practice:

RT @rvacchianonydn: Ahmad Bradshaw's "great news" was indeed that he has been cleared to practice after missing the last 1 1/2 games wit ...

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 24, 2012

The team may not know Bradshaw’s Week 4 availability yet, but the running back has guaranteed he will play against the Eagles, according to New York Post's Giants beat writer Paul Schwartz:

Ahmad Bradshaw on playing Sunday night in Philly: "You can guarantee I'll be out there fighting with my team.'' sulia.com/c/new-york-gia…

— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 25, 2012

 

The Andre Brown Factor

Despite the fact that Bradshaw had already rushed 22 times for 94 yards with a touchdown in just over five quarters and was looking strong, Andre Brown has looked even more impressive in the work he has received since the starter went down.

Whether Bradshaw returns this week or next, Brown will see his role in the offense increased because of his stellar production in Week 3. Head coach Tom Coughlin can’t ignore Brown’s 33 carries over the last two games for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

The two backs will likely see an even split in the carries to start, but Coughlin will ride with the back that is running the best as he always did with Bradshaw and former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

While some fans may view this emergence of two elite players at one position an issue for New York, having two stellar running backs is something the team should exploit.

Most teams dream of this problem.

If the Giants keep each back fresh by switching them in and out as often as possible, New York can keep defenses on their heels and open up more space for Eli Manning to do his magic down the field.

 

Bradshaw’s Final Week 4 Stat Line: 13 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown.

 

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