This is the point the Giants are at right now. Their running game cannot get much worse. At 3.2 yards per carry, they aren't scaring anyone. Throw in Brandon Jacobs' swollen knee and the injuries on the offensive line and they are dead in the water.
Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the league's best backs, but without support he has little chance to get into any kind of rhythm. They need a player that makes defenders miss.
It just so happens they have such a player on their roster in rookie RB Da'Rel Scott. They just have to find a way to get him the ball. His 4.3 speed will do the rest.
"It is the idea to get him some plays," Tom Coughlin said yesterday. "We had a play for him last week which obviously did not materialize. We do have a few things that we would take a look at him in that spot."
Scott doesn't need many touches to make an impact. In preseason, he had scoring plays of 97 and 65 yards in limited action.
Coughlin and the Giants are usually slow to make changes. Especially when it comes to rookies. They only make a change when forced to.
Just like they did on defense with LB Jacquian Williams, the Giants have no choice but to get the speed on the field. They need to trust Scott to help them get past the breakers. It appears to be coming.
"We like him,"'Coughlin admitted. "He can do whatever (we ask). 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."
It's time. GM Jerry Reese said after the draft that Scott could be another Willie Parker. Many feel he can be more than that.
Scott himself is biding his time. Now that he will dress regularly will he ask the coaches for more involvement?
"No," said Coughlin. "He is just a rookie so he is not quite that courageous yet."