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Bradshaw's fumbles could lead to fewer carries

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbles

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbles the ball on a hit from Philadelphia Eagles safety Quintin Mikell during the first half. (Nov. 21, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Ahmad Bradshaw has 185 carries this season, which averages out to almost 17 per game. Is that number about to go down?

It could be one of the things Tom Coughlin decides to do as Bradshaw’s fumbling problems have become nearly intolerable. Bradshaw has been otherwise impressive in his first year as the featured back, but his inability to hang onto the football negates almost all of the positives he has accomplished.

“You’ve got to be able to hang on to the football,” Coughlin said after the game in which Bradshaw fumbled once and had another fumble overturned (correctly) on a replay challenge. “You’ve got to be able to hang on to the football. He has certainly earned the right to be out there. He had some outstanding games and played very well for us and will continue to work at this. But he’s obviously a guy that is very much a part of our offensive team.”

Even Bradshaw is wondering if he’ll see some diminished playing time.

“Of course I do worry about it,” Bradshaw said after the game, “but right now I just have to keep playing. I just have to make plays and sometimes I just want to get the extra yardage and I let go of the ball. I am a little mad at myself right now but I will bounce back.”

When I left the locker room last night to head up to the press box, there was only one Giants player left. It was Ahmad Bradshaw, sitting on his stool, staring into space, rubbing his hands together.

Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw's closest friend on the team and the player he wrested the starting job from over the summer, said he will continue to encourage Bradshaw to keep two hands on the football and "keep his head straight."

“I think that as a teammate and a brother, with many of these guys we just have to encourage one another to play better," Jacobs said. "If a guy makes a mistake we have to pick one another up because we are not trying to do what we are doing. We get paid to do good things and we have to start doing these things.”


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