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Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw emulating Tiki's 'high and tight' grip to stop fumbles

File photo of Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

File photo of Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Credit: Getty Images

High and tight.

That’s how the Giants (2-2) want Ahmad Bradshaw to carry the ball after showing Tiki Barber-like fumble problems in the first four games of the season. So there was Bradshaw on the sidelines as he sat out some team drills yesterday, arm bent upwards with ball secured to his chest.

Head coach Tom Coughlin at one point tried to pull the ball out, but couldn’t.

Bradshaw said he’s been doing practicing at home to avoid adding to the three fumbles he already has.

“I punish myself when I fumble,” Bradshaw said as he prepared to face the 3-1 Texans and their No. 2-ranked run defense. “Carry it around the house, around practice.”
Bradshaw has run for a very healthy 5.1-yard average, but he knows he won’t help anybody with a season similar to the nine-fumble nightmare Barber had before Jim Fassel’s successor, Coughlin, sold him on the curative technique in 2004.

“I just got to buy into the high and tight,” Bradshaw said. “It’s not comfortable. Your shoulders are in, and I have a looser style of running, so it kind of keeps it upright.”

Bradshaw said he’s confident his ankle soreness won’t keep him from facing the Texans, who have allowed just 70.3 rushing yards per game.

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