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Can Ware Replace Ward?

Much has been said about Danny Ware claiming he can replace Derrick Ward and his 1,000+ yards rushing. Here’s what he had to say on his blog:

We used a 4th round pick to take a running back. Naturally, guys are going to worry about their jobs and some guys will be on edge. It doesn’t put a scare into me because I know I go out there and work hard every day. It’s going to be a while before he can get carries, he has to learn the offense and it will take him a little while. But I heard he’s pretty good.

Listen, this is a business, but I’ll help the guy out because we’re here to win and we’re a team. But I’m also competing with him. I feel like I can replace Derrick Ward all day every day, they don’t have to bring in someone else to get those carries. So it’s kind of hard knowing that they used a fourth round pick on a back and they’re probably going to have to give him some playing time.

I wasn’t drafted out of Georgia, and that kind of put me in a tailspin at the time. But I figured that if I just got on a team and got the chance I could prove that I belonged. Now I’m just trying to take that next step and show I deserve to get carries.

Special teams really isn’t my thing but I’ll do whatever the team asks me to do. I feel I’m a natural runner with good vision, good power and good speed with the ability to pick up the blitz. But it was hard to prove myself last year because we had three backs who were all so good. All I can say to you fans is keep an eye on me. I’m coming.

Danny Ware sure thinks he can replace Ward. But what do I think? I agree with Ware. Here’s why:

The Giants operate a three-tiered running machine. Last year, it was almost unstoppable. Same with the 2007 playoff run. It all starts with Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs is the catalyst for this offense, both running and passing. He’s so big -bigger than some defensive lineman- that he wears down the defense. By the time the 4th quarter comes around, a shifty back takes over and does damage. Derrick Ward was great at it last year. He was a great pass catcher out of the back field. Early on in the year, Ahmad Bradshaw exploded in the fourth quarter, gaining big yards. His carries diminished as Ward established himself as starting caliber runner. But, Ward signed with Tampa Bay in the offseason. The Giants drafted Andre Brown in the fourth round- a guy who reminds Jerry Reese and Co. of Ward. With Ware wanting carries, Bradshaw the game breaker, and Brown the unproven, there is a lot of competition involved for the backup spot. Here’s what I think will happen.

Brandon Jacobs will continue his dominance. 1,500 yards is not out of the question. Defenses hate playing him because he wears them down. When they start to tire, you put in Danny Ware. I actually really liked Ware’s performance in the preseason a year ago. He’s shifty, quick, elusive, but runs with power. I think his main role this year will be in the second quarter, when Jacobs needs a breather. Andre Brown can be your third-down, pass catching back.3rd and 5 and beyond will be his specialty, catching balls, gaining first downs. When 4th quarter comes around, Ahmad Bradshaw will shine. So it won’t be a three tiered running system. It will be a four tiered.

Ware, Brown, and Bradshaw, under this system, will not get the carries they want. But defense will not be able to stop them.  Collectively, they will replace Ward’s production, while giving defenses fits. Each back brings a different skills set to the table. I guess it’s not Earth, Wind, and Fire anymore. It’s Earth (Jacobs), Water( Ware), Rain (Brown), and Fire (Bradshaw). Let opposing defensive coordinators turn over in their sleep.

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One Response to “Can Ware Replace Ward?”

  1. Mandi says:

    Regardless of whether or not Ware can follow through with his words, it’s still extremely egotistical and although a lot of people like players with a can-do attitude, I don’t at all. He wants to be Water because ” When it’s hot, I’m in my liquid form and can move through any boundary. When it’s cold I freeze and turn to ice. And once I get rolling, nothing can stop me.”

    That’s ridiculous.

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