With Brandon Jacobs (knee) not playing for the second straight week and the New York Giants running game limping along near the bottom of the NFL (83.8 yards per game, 3.2 yards per carry) is it time for the Giants to give rookie Da'Rel Scott an opportunity?
Honestly, I believe it is. We will have to wait and see what happens Sunday against the Buffalo Bills to know if head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride agree.
Scott, the seventh-round pick from the University of Maryland, was active last week against the Seattle Seahawks for the first time. He played just one snap on offense.
Coughlin was asked about Scott this week, and had good things to say about the 5-foot-11, 210-pound speedster.
"We like him. He can do whatever (we ask)," Coughlin said. "He catches the ball from the receiver position. He goes out and will play in the slot. He will play on special teams. He obviously has speed from the backfield and has pretty good size."
I know some have been clamoring for Scott to get an opportunity for a while now. Let's not put him in the Hall of Fame just yet. Remember, this is a guy who had a great sophomore season at Maryland, but basically lost his job and was the Terrapins' No. 2 tailback as a junior and senior.
Yet, his speed and pass-catching ability were intriguing enough for the Giants to, in GM Jerry Reese's words, "take a flier" on Scott in the 2011 NFL Draft. And it's hard to shake the memory of Scott's two long touchdown runs in the preseason -- a 97-yarder from scrimmage and a 60+ yarder on a fake punt.
Danny Ware has been the No. 3 back for the Giants and, to be honest, the Giants have waited long enough for Ware. Probably too long, in fact. This is the fourth season Ware has been on the roster full-time, and the third since Derrick Ward has been gone. Since Ward left the Giants have been waiting for Ware, 26, to grab a real role in the offense and start making plays. He has 186 yards rushing, 109 yards receiving and one touchdown in all that time.
If it hasn't happened for Ware by now, you have to wonder if the big breakthrough is ever going to happen. Isn't it time to give someone else an opportunity?
Giants RB Da'Rel Scott Burst Open For A 97-Yard TD Run From Endzone To Endzone In MNF Win (via GreezypTV)