Coaches always tell their backups to be ready. A play or an injury often separates them from being a starter or - at the least - a contributor.
With the New York Giants, that happened to running back Andre Brown, wide receiver Ramses Barden and rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley over the past five days, and boy did they take advantage.
Brown, who has been cut seven times by five different teams since 2010, carried 33 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns filling in for Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) in win wins over Tampa Bay on Sunday and Carolina on Thursday. Coming into the season, he had two career carries for minus-1 yard.
Barden, who had nine catches last season, had nine receptions for 138 yards in the 36-7 rout of the Panthers filling in for Hakeem Nicks (foot). The third-round draft pick caught 15 passes in his first three seasons.
Hosley has started the last two games with Prince Amukamara (ankle) and Michael Coe (hamstring) hurt, and he came up with his first career intercepti...