There's been talk of the Giants replacing Andre Brown with the likes of Brandon Jacobs, Michael Turner, Willis McGahee, or Ryan Grant. But do they really have to look outside of the team? Especially now with Brown only expected to miss 4-6 weeks?
I don't know about you, but of what I've seen of Michael Cox this pre-season, I really like what I see. And now his opportunity may have arrived. It's pretty safe to say that as of right now, Cox is the #2 over Da'rel Scott.
He's big, 6'0 230 lbs, but Cox has surprising speed for someone his size, and his special teams is perhaps the main reason he is on the Giants 53-man roster. The coaches have raved about his speed and shiftiness, but his strength and endurance has caught their eye as well. If the Giants need to get 1 yard, I expect him to be the #1 candidate to get the ball in that situation.
However, could he have a significant role in this offense going forward? Maybe I'm just being foolishly optimistic, but I can completely see the Giants passing up on a free agent, and then having the 253rd overall pick in this year's draft becoming this year's Andre Brown. I wouldn't doubt him having much success in a backup role early on, and then evolving into more of a 3rd down/goal line back, and perhaps even working into David Wilson's workload a little, the way Brown was supposed to. After all, we've seen something like that happen before.
Of course, Andre Brown is expected to be back in 4-6 weeks, which would be a short amount of time for Cox to take Brown's role completely and diminish Brown to a 3rd string. Now, I'm not suggesting he will do that, but in the time Brown is out, Cox could fill in for him very nicely, and if Brown were to have a setback, Cox would have even more opportunity to showcase his talents, which might make the Giants think twice about offering Brown another contract for next year and beyond, especially given his injury history. So in other words, I'm saying its entirely possible that Andre Brown gets Kenny Phillips'd.
Can anyone else see this happening? Or should I just put down the crack pipe?