Danny Ware, Andre Brown Compete for Third Spot: The Running Back Battle

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 09:  Andre Brown #22 of the New York Giants works out at rookie camp on May 9, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

For the past two seasons, the combination of Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw have gone by the name of "Earth, Wind, and Fire."

Jacobs was deservingly named "Earth" because of his hard-nosed style of running, Ward went by the name of "Wind" because he was the most versatile of the backs, and Bradshaw was nicknamed "Fire" because of his ability to show up defenses late in games.

Entering OTAs and training camp, the Giants will have to replace their last group member, as Ward signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason.

This leaves room for third year Giant, Danny Ware, and fourth round draft pick Andre Brown to compete to be the third running back on the depth chart.

Although Ware has been around the league for a while, he really doesn't have excellent experience in the game, and Brown is just a rookie, so it may take time to see if he really has the full potential to be a productive NFL running back.

After catching glimpses of Ware in the preseason and toward the end of last season, you can tell that he has the ability to be New York's third down running back. He is a fairly big guy, with pretty good speed and movement.

Brown, a 6'0", 224-pound North Carolina State product, seems to be a pretty powerful player who could also balance out his style by having break away speed as well.

This competition will be very interesting to watch throughout camp, and whoever gets the nod as the third running back will have no problem replacing the shoes of Derrick Ward.


Also check out this article that I have written on blogNYG.com and MetroAreaSports.Blogspot.com