As we reported earlier this week, Giants running back Andre Brown signed an injury protection agreement that allows him to work out with the team even though he hasn’t signed his restricted free agent tender yet.
When you hear Brown talk about his goals for the coming season, it’s no surprise that he wanted to spend as much time in front of the coaches as possible this offseason. Brown is expected to split time with David Wilson in the backfield for the Giants, but he’ll need to earn a big chunk of the playing time in order to compile the numbers he’s talking about compiling.
“I have to outdo last year’s stats. Eight touchdowns — I want 22. I want 1,300 (yards) this year,” Brown said, via the team’s website. “That’s the steppingstone. I have to erase last year’s stats and show I can do better.”
There were six running backs in the NFL with more than 1,300 rushing yards last season, which makes Brown reaching that plateau more likely than him scoring 22 times. That’s been done just 14 times in a season in the history of the NFL. Brown ran for 385 yards and scored eight times in 10 games before breaking his leg last season. If he doubled those stats while Wilson stepped into a leading role, the Giants would have plenty to smile about in the running game even if Brown fell short of his goal.