Herschel Walker seemed to fit right in with the New York Giants, helping sustain an opening drive in his new team's 19-13 exhibition win over the Cleveland Browns.
He gained 19 yards in six carries Sunday, including a 2-yard plunge on 4th-and-1 to keep an 18-play drive going."I'm looking forward to this year. This is a big opportunity for me and a big opportunity for this team," Walker said. "To come out of this (NFC East) division, you'd better be able to run the ball."
The Giants are still waiting for first-round draft choice Tyrone Wheatley to sign a contract, and Rodney Hampton had to miss the first preseason game because of a leg injury. Walker, in his 10th NFL season, signed as a free agent after playing the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Browns also used the game as a chance to get their key free-agent acquisition, wide receiver Andre Rison, used to his new surroundings. He caught two passes for 47 yards, both from Vinny Testaverde. The second was a 42-yard sideline pattern.
"The important thing now is going out and playing with each other," said Rison, who was with the Atlanta Falcons the past five years.
Giants coach Dan Reeves said he was generally pleased, although he would have liked to see his front-line players produce something more than field goals.
"I thought we did a lot of good things for only our first preseason game," Reeves said. "We were able to move the ball offensively. We had some setup time in our passing game. . . . We've got to get it in there instead of settling for the three points."
Brad Daluiso made four field goals before Keith Elias, a second-year running back out of Princeton, scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter against Cleveland reserves.
New York led 19-0 when Cleveland rookie quarterback Eric Zeier led two Browns' touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, the second capped by a 32-yard scoring pass to Rico Smith.
"There's a lot of improving I have to do, but I think the more you get out there the more comfortable you are going to get," said Zeier, a third-round draft choice who played at Georgia.
The Browns quarterback crew of Testaverde, Brad Goebel and Zeier may be joined this week by veteran Jim McMahon.
Agent Steve Zucker said the Browns have agreed to terms with McMahon, The Plain Dealer reported today.
The paper said McMahon is expected to get a one-year deal for the minimum salary of $178,000 plus playing time incentives. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said this morning that the team had no announcement on the matter.
Giants starting quarterback Dave Brown completed five of 12 passes for 63 yards and ran for 28 more. He left the game in the second quarter with a bruised right elbow.
Browns rookie running back Earnest Hunter scored Cleveland's first touchdown on a 13-yard run.