Da’Rel Scott was the Giants’ starting running back on Sunday and by some statistical measures was the most productive member of the team’s backfield. Now he’s gone.
Scott was waived to make room on the roster for Dallas Reynolds, a center who most recently played for the Eagles and could be in line to replace David Baas with the Giants if Baas’ neck injury does not improve. Jim Cordle started in place of Baas on Sunday against the Chiefs.
As for Scott, he was a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 and was one of the last players to make the 53-man roster out of training camp this summer thanks to an impressive game against the Patriots in the preseason finale. In four games this season Scott ran the ball 16 times for 56 yards (a team-high 3.5 yards per carry among running backs; Eli Manning sadly enough leads the team with 6.8 ypc) and had 10 receptions for 98 yards including a 23-yard touchdown (all highs among running backs). In his first start on Sunday he had five carries for 26 yards and caught one pass, the first play of the game, for zero yards.
Of course Scott also muffed a handoff on a draw play from Eli Manning that resulted in a fumble, dropped a screen pass that seemed to be set up nicely, and was in the middle of the game-deciding play against the Cowboys in Week 1 when a screen pass from Eli Manning bounced off of him for an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
The move leaves the Giants with three running backs, only two of whom have an NFL carry. David Wilson will presumably return to the starting job and be backed up by a combination of Brandon Jacobs (11 carries for 11 yards this season) and rookie Michael Cox. Cox handled kickoff returns early in the season but has been inactive for the last three games.
The Giants will also get an infusion in the backfield in a few weeks when Andre Brown can come off injured reserve. He is eligible to play in Week 10 against the Raiders on Nov. 10.
The Giants' running game is the worst in the NFL, averaging just 57.8 yards per game. In their four games this season, the Giants have rushed for 50, 23, 60 and 98 yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time they’ve played four consecutive games without rushing for at least 100 yards since Oct. 14 to Nov. 4, 2001, when they ran for 97, 96, 42 and 93 yards vs. St. Louis, Philadelphia, Washington and Dallas.