New York Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram spoke with reporters following one of the team's OTAs earlier this week. Looking over his remarks, it is really how much emphasis his comments put on all the things a running back has to do for the Giants that do not involve running with the football.
Talking about first-round pick David Wilson Ingram referenced that the Giants need to see him make people miss, of course. That, however, is not all they are looking for.
"What you do at this level is another level of learning. It's also a level of toughness. The running back has to be able to protect his offensive line, protect his quarterback, he's got to make plays out there as an athlete, with the ball and without the ball," Ingram said. "There's a code of honor and respect in what we do, in being a complete running back and that's what he has to show, protection and things like that. If he can't learn it, well how do we utilize his ability?"
Speaking about Andre Brown, Ingram referenced that Brown "has the size to pick up 250-pound linebackers" and that one of the things the Giants need to see if he can protect quarterback Eli Manning. Same with Da'Rel Scott, about whom Ingram said the Giants are looking to see if he "has matured enough now to see the complexities and again, take care of the quarterback."
So, when training camp comes and you are trying to figure out who plays and who sits look past the rushing or receiving numbers for the running backs and look at who can -- or can't -- help keep Manning upright.