Remember Andre Brown? Probably not. He was a rookie drafted in the fourth round out of N.C. State last spring, but in training camp he ruptured his Achilles while running a pass route. He underwent surgery and sat out the entire season rehabbing the injury.
Well, he was the first player I came across when I entered the locker room yesterday. He said his Achilles is completely healed and he should be able to do everything that is asked of him by the time OTAs come around later this spring. But there is one aspect of the injury that is still bugging him.
“It’s still up here a little bit,” he said, pointing to his head, “but it’s getting there.”
Brown means that he’s still not completely confident in using his feet to cut and move, although he said he has been doing some of those things at full speed. What will it take to get the injury out of his head?
“I guess just consistently going out there every day and working out and running,” he said. “I’m going to get there.”
It'll be interesting to see how Brown fits into the offense. He'll likely compete for the third running back job with D.J. Ware, who had a very strange season in 2009 in which his absence was pointed to as a reason for a diminished running attack by coach Jerald Ingram but eventually fell out of favor with Tom Coughlin.
Now Ware, Brown and Gartrell Johnson will all be vying for carries behind Bradon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Brown is almost ready for that competition.
“It’s just going to take one move without me thinking about it so I can be out there,” he said.
Brown said he spoke with Ronald Curry, who had ruptures to both of his Achilles tendons.
“He told me it’s going to take some time,” Brown said. “It heals, but once you get it out of your head you should be able to go full go.”