Andre Brown: Why New York Giants RB Is a Must Start vs Browns

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IOctober 7, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Andre Brown had a rough week against the Eagles, but the New York Giants' young running back is a must-start on Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns.

Brown burst onto the fantasy scene in Weeks 2 and 3 when he combined to rush for 184 yards and three touchdowns filling in for an injured Ahmad Bradshaw.

But then in Week 4 Bradshaw returned, and Brown's numbers dropped to almost nothing—he only rushed for 14 yards on five carries last Sunday.

In part, his lack of touches was due to the way the game was flowing. But the main reason he wasn’t on the field much is that the coaches had a tough time trusting him in blocking situations. Brown garnered only nine offensive snaps in the contest because of this flaw, but he's committed to getting the coaching staff to trust him moving forward. (via the Star-Ledger)

"It’s all about gaining the trust and keep going out there every week and letting them know that I can pass-protect and picking up all my blitzes,” Brown said. “I just got to keep going out there and taking advantage of all the opportunities that I have and continuing to grow on that side of the game and keep continuing to gain their trust so they can leave me out there."

Brown may not have completely won over his offensive coordinator during the week, but his ability to complement Bradshaw and pound the ball on the goal line will keep him on the field against the Browns.

Cleveland enters the game allowing 117 rushing yards a game, the 20th worst mark in the league, and the Giants will be running the ball early and often to take advantage of the weakness.

Plus, with the Giants' explosive offense—they're seventh in the NFL in total offense—they should be able to jump ahead of the anemic Browns quickly, allowing them to work clock in the second half by running the ball. 

And even if they don’t jump out to a huge lead, Brown should still see upwards of 10 touches, more than enough to be a productive flex option.  

Brown may not see 20 carries like he did when Bradshaw was out, but expect the journeyman back to have a productive game Sunday.