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Reality: Andre Brown may be the real deal at running back but he still has a lot to prove.
It's always exciting when an unknown player comes out of nowhere to make an impact. There is also no denying that Brown has looked very good since he took over for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw in the first half of the Tampa Bay game. He is a powerful yet deceptively fast runner who demonstrates the patience and experience of a running back with 1,000 career carries, not 35.
We need to take a step back though and assess the emergence of Brown with a little objectivity. He has run the ball 35 times and hauled in six passes in less than two games played. We have no idea if he can handle the rigors of a 16-game season and pull off the always tricky combination of staying healthy and remaining effective through the grind.
Also, his 113 yard rushing effort last Thursday came against a Carolina run defense that is allowing 139.3 yards per game so far this season. He did perform well against the Bucs, who lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed at only 47.3 per game. However, his 71 yard rushing performance in that game has to be taken with a grain of salt.
The Bucs were more than happy to allow the Giants to run in a game they led from the start of the second quarter late into the fourth quarter. They also had not prepared for Brown and were likely caught off guard by his distinctly different running style compared to Bradshaw.
It looks like Bradshaw will be the starter against the Eagles Sunday night so the final verdict with Brown will have to wait. At some point though I'm sure he'll get a longer term look, either with the Giants later this season or another team down the line.