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Giants' Roster Bubble: Michael Cox vs. Da'Rel Scott

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Occasionally during the preseason we will run a series we will call 'Giants Roster Bubble.' Following Saturday night's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers the obvious place to start is with what we saw from running backs Michael Cox and Da'Rel Scott.

Michael Cox
Michael Cox
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If the New York Giants' third running back slot behind David Wilson and Andre Brown is truly a preseason competition between 2013 seventh-round draft choice Michael Cox and 2011 seventh-round draft choice Da'Rel Scott, you can score the first round for Cox.

By a knockout.

Cox was clearly the more impressive of the two runners on Saturday. He carried nine times for 33 yards, a pedestrian 3.7 yards per carry average. He ran hard and decisively and did have runs of 11 and 12 yards. He also received praise from analyst Carl Banks during the television broadcast for his work on punt coverage.

Scott, a third-year veteran, was much less impressive. He carried 10 times for 12 yards and appeared to leave several opportunities for big runs on the table.

Banks criticized him for going down too easily when carrying the ball and for not being able to step through some ankle tackles.

Ryan Torain, the third running back competing for a roster spot, missed the game with a concussion.