NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – “Southeast Jerome” has the Giants on his short list. So does “Dolla Bill” and “Sheriff Gonna Getcha.” Did we mention running back Clinton Portis, too?
“To go to the Giants and get to play the Redskins twice a year after them feeling I wasn’t capable any more, I think that would be outstanding.” Portis, the alter ego maestro, told NFL Radio on Tuesday.
Portis was released by the Redskins in February, ending a charismatic and sometimes contentious seven-year stay that, for a while at least, made him the face of the franchise.
“I forgot to even mention Eli Manning and the great line the Giants always seem to have, and the model of them pounding the ball,” he said. “I would love that opportunity, too.”
The oft-injured 29-year-old can hope, but New York’s backfield is already crowded.
There’s backup Brandon Jacobs, expected back with the team despite his obvious agitation when leaving the Giants locker room after the season ended. The Giants recently re-signed D.J. Ware and picked up Maryland running back Da’Rel Scott in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Giants starter Ahmad Bradshaw, though, is a question mark. He’s slated to become a restricted free agent once the NFL’s labor situation is resolved.
“There are opportunities out there, I just need to be able to come out and show what I’m capable of,” Portis said. “If you look back the past two years in D.C., even when I was healthy I was getting six or seven carries a game. I might get two carries in the first quarter, a carry in the third so, you know, I think I just kind of fell out of favor in that organization.”
Portis played in only 13 games over the last two seasons because of a severe concussion in 2009 and a torn groin muscle in 2010.
“For myself I think it’s revitalizing to have an opportunity and still have the drive and still have the hunger to go out and prove people wrong,” he said. “When you’re 77 yards away from 10,000, I think that’s joining an elite bunch and I’m looking forward to it.”
Portis played in only five games in 2010 before the injury ended his season. He rushed for a career-low 227 yards on 54 carries with two touchdowns.
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