May 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Da'Rel Scott (33) during the Giants OTA at the their training facility. Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
New York Giants running back Da'Rel Scott teased fans and coaches with a pair of long touchdown runs during the 2011 preseason, flashing the blazing speed that led the Giants to take a flier on him with a seventh-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Scott, however, ended up having little to no impact on the Giants during the regular season. He had just five rushing attempts, caught two passes and returned 14 kickoffs for an average of 24.4 yards.
Entering the 2012 season Scott finds himself trying to squeeze into what seems like a crowded Giants backfield.
There is, of course, Ahmad Bradshaw. There is first-round pick David Wilson. There is incumbent third-down back DJ Ware. There is Andre Brown, who has bulked up to 240 pounds and who the Giants still seem enamored with. There is undrafted free agent Joe Martinek, who has shown versatility, pass-catching ability and has intrigued the Giants coaching staff.
Scott, then, definitely fills the definition of a 'Player Under Pressure' as the 2012 season looms.
Scott needs to show the Giants he is more than a guy who can run fast. Can he learn his blocking assignments? Can he run the proper pass routes? If he can do those things, can he beat out Ware for the third running back slot? Can he hold off challenges from Brown and Martinek for a roster spot?
Scott's speed has gotten him a chance. The Giants are still wondering if he can do anything with it.