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The Third Running Back

Like at wide receiver, the Giants are pretty set at running back. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs share duties, and they do a pretty good job of it. There is, however, a question of who the third running back will be. The third running back isn’t crucial. It’s more depth and change of pace. Still, it’s important. Remember, when the Giants won the Super Bowl, and the year after that, Bradshaw as the third running back, and he contributed. There aren’t too many candidates for the third running back, but we’ll run it down.

THE CANDIDATES (In no particular order):

  • DJ Ware
  • Da’Rel Scott
  • Andre Brown
  • Charles Scott


Ware is the veteran amongst this group. He knows the offense, and also has contributed on special teams. Ware isn’t flashy. He’s a good head on runner. He has speed and some lateral movement. He’s had opportunities in the past, and has been hurt. Ware will get an extended look in preseason. If he can be productive enough, particularly against 1st and 2nd team defenses, he will have a good shot of keeping his roster spot.


The Giants took Scott in the 7th round of this year’s draft. Scott is fast. Like sub 4.3 fast. That’s his best quality. He wasn’t very productive in college. The speed is tantalizing. You can find a lot of ways to use that. He’s also probably the best back out of the backfield, and he can use his speed to turn up field. Scott is a rookie, so we need to see him in gameplay. Giants have cut 7th round picks before, and that’s not going to hold them back. Scott will make the team if he out-performs Ware.


Brown took a long route to get back to New York but here he is. Brown has looked good in practice, showing the speed that made him a 4th round pick. Brown hasn’t had an opportunity in the pros yet. We still think he has Derrick Ward potential, but we need to see it first. I want to see if his speed shows up in real games.


On the practice squad last season, Scott has had a good camp so far. Shifty and elusive, Scott has talent. Still, despite his talent, he would have to out-perform Ware and Da’Rel to get a roster spot. He could be headed to the practice squad.


It’s a toss up between Ware and Da’Rel Scott. A lot will come down to who performs better in preseason. My money is on Ware, however. He knows the offense, offers versatility as a kick returner and has more experience. Brown has an outside shot, but we need to see him in game action. They will try to sneak Scott on the practice squad, although that will be tough. This one’s not set in stone, so stay tuned.

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3 Responses to “The Third Running Back”

  1. CMH says:

    I think that 3rd RB role should be a “developmental” guy and Ware has already developed. We know who he is and what he can do.

    Would rather slot Scott or Brown in there and try to get them to achieve potential.

  2. Dman552 says:

    I would love to see Andre Brown win this job. After hearing his story and how much he’s bounced around it would be a nice feel good story. The reality is that going to camp this was DJ Ware’s job to lose. Remember, the Giants signed him to a 2 year contract before the lockout presumably to ensure he’s a Giant no matter what the new CBA brought. I think people are going to be too high on Scott because he reminds people of Ahmad Bradshaw because of the 7th round pick thing. How many 7th round players actually make teams? Scott is going back to the practice squad.

  3. Jason C. says:

    It’s going to be Ware. There’s WAY too many iffy positions with newer, younger, rawer players and TC loves consistency. Ware has always done whatever the team has asked him, and Jacobs and Bradshaw have both showed they can shoulder the load in case of injury to the other. However they could carry 4 RB’s if Bear plays FB and some TE.

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