New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw got ten carries and backup RB Andre Brown got seven carries. The Giants only ran the ball six times total in the first half on their way to a 17-6 halftime deficit. Apparently, Bradshaw wants to run the ball more.
This isn’t the first Bradshaw felt as if the Giants weren’t running the ball enough. In the Giants win over the Washington Redskins several weeks ago, Bradshaw was demonstrative and fired up on the field, once slapping the helmet of WR Victor Cruz very hard.
Bradshaw wasn’t thrilled the Giants weren’t going to him much in the game. In the two games before the game against the Redskins, Bradshaw carried the ball 57 times and gained 316 yards in wins over the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.
After having all of that success on the ground, Bradshaw is probably wondering why they haven’t stuck to that formula. I am wondering that a little as well, but that isn’t really the issue. The bigger issue should be Bradshaw’s effectiveness in the run game.
The Giants were driving in the third quarter yesterday when they went to Bradshaw close to the red zone. Bradshaw picked up the first down and was working hard for more yards when the football was poked out. The rally was killed and the Giants didn’t recover the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, Brown has scored touchdowns in each of the past three games, showing his ability to find ways to get into the end zone. While the Giants probably do need to run the ball more, some of those carries should be going to Brown instead of Bradshaw.
Bradshaw has injury issues that have plagued him for the majority of the season and the majority of the past couple of seasons. Bradshaw may want the carries to keep his value up, but he’ll need to stay healthy to keep his value up.