Worried about Brandon Jacobs' future with the New York Giants? Check out running back Charles Scott, recently signed to a reserve/future contract with the G-Men.
Out of Louisiana State University, Scott was one of the most bruising and productive running backs in program history. Recruited out of Saline, La., Scott was originally born in Tampa, Fla. and grew up on several Air Force bases. At Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Scott was an all-district star in football, basketball and baseball. Rivals.com had Scott as the No. 8 running back in 2006, while Scout.com pegged him No. 10.
At LSU, Scott compiled 2,317 career rushing yards and 32 touchdowns, seventh and fourth in school history, respectively. Listed at 5-foot-11, 238 pounds, Scott is a remarkably gifted power back - he even occasionally lined up at fullback in college. Scott definitely has goal-line back potential - he had 11 multiple-TD games at LSU, seven in his junior year - but he also has shown impressive speed and mobility, given his size.
At the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a 4.68 40-yard dash. He also posted a 30.5-inch vertical leap and a 6.98-second time in the three-cone drill. Scott did not bench press due to a fractured clavicle suffered early in his senior year.
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Scott in the sixth round (200th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, but traded him to the Arizona Cardinals Aug. 30. The Cardinals designated him to their practice squad Sept. 4, and two days later, the Giants signed him to theirs. In January, Scott signed a reserve/future contract.
Given the currently questionable future of the Giants' running back position - Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent, Brandon Jacobs might not be long for New York and Darius Reynaud and/or DJ Ware may be expendable - Scott presents an intriguing option. He is clearly a power back, but as the video below shows, he doesn't necessarily lack for speed. Look for Scott to get a fair shot at a roster spot in training camp. If he stays healthy and impresses, Scott could be the newest addition to the running back depth chart in New York.
Chance of sticking around: Possible