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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bradshaw part 62

This time it is Garafolo's turn to look for Mr. Bradshaw. As soon as Jacobs slows down and loses that 1/4 step (which turns into 1/2 step by midseason and a full step by the end of the season), Bradshaw should be starting. I would say he should be starting right now, but with Jacobs playing well, the Giants can certainly win with #27. Jacobs makes the Giants a much more physical team, and that is great. But Bradshaw is not exactly a pussycat out there... he runs very hard, just ask Ronde Barber. From my perspective, why not use Bradshaw in the slot, or even line him up wide? He has shown he can haul in a pass very well, and with Jacobs in the backfield, I would bet Bradshaw can throw a block as well if not better than any wideout. Not to mention the attention he can command out there in space. Everyone implicitly understands that Bradshaw can break a big one for 6 if given the carries and playing time. The Giants offense NEEDS him out there to spread the defense. Ward is a nice back, but does Ward spread the defense? No, he does not. This issue probably will not matter right now, but as the season progresses, if we are not seeing a lot of #44 it will be the coaches not having the best players on the field.


Nature said...

i agree 100 percent just doesnt make sense....ward is average speed and power...bradshaw has blazing speed and runs good between the tackles

Andy F. said...

Apologies for bb on semantics- Bradshaw's speed is not 'blazing.' Decent for a RB, and certainly faster than Ward and Jacobs.

An interesting thing which adds color on the whole 'speed' thing and sheds light on Bradshaw's true skills- that the 40 yard dash time is overrated, and Reese looks at the Combine for RB times in the 3 cone drill (See May 20th Post) for quickness as opposed to (the 40 yd dash for) pure speed. Bradshaw has decent speed and plenty of quickness.

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