Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
During my two days in Albany, N.Y., last week, I really enjoyed watching rookie running back Andre Brown in practice. I don't think he was on his way to overtaking Ahmad Bradshaw for the backup spot or anything, but he did remind me (and Jerry Reese) a lot of former Giants running back Derrick Ward.
He just seemed to have a good feel for setting up his blocks and it was obvious he was going to help the team in '09. Now he faces a long road back after rupturing his Achilles' tendon during Friday evening's practice. Coach Tom Coughlin talked about his sadness in losing such a promising young player during his news conference Saturday afternoon.
"He was playing well," Coughlin said of Brown. "He really was. You could see the talent. He had that really good size and the quickness. He reminded me of some backs we've had around here who dropped their shoulder and moved the pile a little bit. He scored on the goal line. You saw him the other day. It's just a sad, sad thing when you lose a player in a practice. The sad thing is that he was just running a route and all of the sudden he starts flopping. I felt really bad for Andre because emotionally... he knows he's done well and he would've been a lot of things; special teams, he would've helped on, and all kinds of things. It was so early in training camp, too, without even having a game. I feel bad for the kid."
Coughlin doesn't normally spend much time dwelling on injuries, but you can tell this one really bothered him. After talking to Reese on Wednesday, I knew the Giants were thrilled to have Brown. Reese felt like the Giants stole the former North Carolina State player in the fourth round. And the injury didn't even occur during a contact drill. Brown was just out running a route and he heard something pop. I know that every team in the league has an injury or two during camp, but it seems like the NFC East is being hit particularly hard.