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By Eric Edholm

Should the Giants give more carries to Andre Brown and fewer to Ahmad Bradshaw? With Bradshaw back in the lineup in Week Four against the Eagles following the neck injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week Two, he was held to 39 yards on 13 carries. Bradshaw’s long run of the game was nine yards, and he had six rushes of two yards or fewer. It’s a small sample size — one week back from a scary injury — but the feeling around the Giants after their loss to the Eagles is that Brown, the catalyst in Weeks Two and Three, could get more opportunities. Brown, too, was quiet in the loss, rushing five times for 14 yards. But he was a huge spark when the team was trailing the Buccaneers in Week Two and then led a shorthanded offense in a short week against the Panthers in Carolina. Most impressive with Brown was how he ran through contact and dragged would-be tacklers with him for additional yards. He’s not the most artful runner, and he lacks home-run speed, but Brown can play the role the team wanted Brandon Jacobs to fill the past few seasons. There’s most definitely a place for Bradshaw, and the team hasn’t by any means given up on rookie David Wilson, or shelved him for his first season. If anything, the speed Wilson displayed returning kickoffs against the Eagles — 36.2-yard average on six attempts — will be put to good use as soon as Wilson shows he can hang onto the football consistently. Bradshaw can be used as a third-down option because of his pass-blocking and pass-catching ability, and he still runs hard and with purpose. But Brown has merited an expanded role based on what he has done to this point.

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