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Andre Brown sets lofty goals for himself in 2013

ANDRE BROWN Running back Brown had a career

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Brown had a career year before breaking a fibula in Week 12, posting a team-high eight rushing touchdowns on 385 yards. Credit: David Pokress

A year ago Andre Brown was fighting to make the Giants’ roster. This year he wants to make Giants history.

The running back who figures to be the backup behind David Wilson but see plenty of carries has plopped down some pretty impressive goals for the 2013 season. After having a breakout year in 2012 that ended prematurely with a broken leg in late November, Brown told he is ready to improve on those numbers.

“This is my year,” Brown said. “I have to go out there and I have to produce. I feel like this is a very important season and I have to go out there and show the world what Andre Brown is made of.”

And what’s that?

“I have to outdo last year’s stats,” he said. “Eight touchdowns (in 2012) – I want 22. I want 1,300 (yards) this year. That’s the steppingstone. I have to erase last year’s stats and show I can do better.”

The team record for most touchdowns in a season was set by Joe Morris with 21 in 1985. No one has scored more than 15 since then.

If he does, he’ll do much better for himself. Brown will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. This year he is a restricted free agent and has yet to sign his tender offer from the Giants. He is participating in the start of offseason training this week after signing an injury waiver, ironic since his career has thus far been defined by injuries. Beginning in 2009 when he was drafted and suffered an Achilles tendon tear in training camp, Brown has been unable to make it through a full season. In 2011 he was on the practice squad all year and he made the active roster in 2012.

Now, he said, he’s ready for everything.

“Third down back, pass protection, goal line, short yardage – all that,” he said. “I can’t wait to do it. Because I want to show, other than (scoring) the one-yard touchdown, I want to show more than what I have. I feel like I’m a home run hitter, too. As long as I go out there and produce and show the world my versatility, the sky’s the limit.”

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