I’ve watched and re-watched the clip I posted the other day, and I have to say there were some big time runs that were left out of Ahmad Bradshaw’s Top 5 runs of 2010 playlist.
Like this 39 yard run on the Carolina Panthers to open the season and set the tone for Bradshaw’s break out year… he came up a half a yard shy of a touchdown but to me this run perfectly illustrates Bradshaw’s quickness to the hole, his elusiveness, his ability to break tackles, his cutback ability, his acceleration… and his potential. These are all the reasons why the Giants need to figure out how to keep Jacobs and Bradshaw in the same backfield next year. 2 stars splitting carries is better than 1.
Here’s the NFL video:
Here’s another one against Dallas, where he take a pitch to the outside and it takes basically everyone in Jerry’s World to bring him to the ground. Good for 22 yards:
There’s no question as to why Bradshaw led the league in runs of 20+ yards, and helped the Giants end up in a tie with the rival Eagles for total big play ability on offense. Or how about coming through in the clutch? Here’s Ahmad Bradshaw converting a 2-point attempt against the Jaguars to tie the game in a must-win situation. If a quick and powerful back like Bradshaw did not get to the hole hard and early, there’s no way this gets converted.
A TD is a TD, but the ‘best’ runs aren’t necessarily ones that get you 6 points. Then there are the TDs that just have to be included on general principle… like the ones where you plow through two Redskin defenders to the endzone for a nail in the coffin score:
Ahmad Bradshaw may be the key to the Giants 2011 season — he’s due a pay increase and a new contract. The front office will no doubt closely consider just how fundamental, integral, and inspiring #44 is to the success of the NY Giants. Fumbling issues are a problem, but they are not above solving. The upside of Bradshaw’s potential cannot be taught, ball security can. I strongly suggest the Giants hang on to one of their most promising playmakers in recent memory.