Running back Da’Rel Scott spent last Saturday with his family, trying desperately to assuage any concerns he might have had about potentially losing his roster spot with the team that made him its seventh round draft pick in 2011.
“You all know my situation,” Scott said referring to his on the bubble status that was suddenly solidified when André Brown broken his left leg. “I had my family here to keep my mind away from whether I got the call. I definitely had strong support from my family and kept praying that I’d be here on Monday.
Turns out that Scott’s prayers were answered, as the Giants kept him ahead of veteran Ryan Torain on the 53-man roster.
Scott, who said he didn’t learn of his fate until his brother went online after the 6:00 cut down deadline to check out the official Giants roster, cleared that first hurdle. Now he’s hoping to clear another hurdle by showing the coaches that they made the right decision in keeping him.
He’ll get his chance too, as offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride confirmed that the plan is to get Scott, who in two seasons has appeared in 15 games and who has 11 rushes for 25 yards and two receptions for 13 yards.
“I have an opportunity to let the organization know that they don’t need to bring anyone else in,” said Scott, who finished the preseason with 15 carries for 37 yards, including a strong showing in the finale against the Patriots where he carried the ball four times for 25 yards.
“We’d like David Wilson to go a bit more than we’ve done in the past, but D-Scott will play,” said Gilbride.
Just how much Scott, who missed 12 games last season with a knee injury, will play remains to be seen, though whatever his snap count ends up bring, his goal is to show the organization that he can be a viable option while Brown is sidelined.
“Play well when the opportunity comes, like he did the other night,” said head coach Tom Coughlin of what Scott needs to do to continue to be in lien for an increased role in the offense.
Scott believes he can do just that.
“I just have to have faith and prove to them that they don’t need to bring in anyone else in,” he said.
So far he’s impressed David Wilson, the man he’ll relieve on Sunday night.
“He’s definitely stepped up in these last few practices,” Wilson said. “Seeing that burst out him again. He’s a guy who always knew the playbook and knew what he had to do, and could go out there any execute, so that’s a good running back we have.”
Scott said he’s been knee-deep in his playbook trying to prepare for what might come, but that he still has a lot more work to do.
“I always prepare myself, just like any other game,” he said. “I have to prepare some more, there are a couple of days before Sunday night, so I gotta stay in the book and stay in the iPad and stay as prepared as I can.”
Even when Brown does come back, Scott is hoping that these opportunities that are ahead of him turn into something that quiet his critics.
“My mindset is that I want to play every game. Whether I’m third, fourth in the rotation, or first or second, I prepare myself the same way just because of the situation, so I have to make sure I’m on top of it, make sure I prepare myself and make sure they trust me in the game.”