Big Blue was supposed to be set at running back entering the 2013 NFL season, handing the starting reigns to second-year man David Wilson and giving Andre Brown a big share of the carries as well, but those plans soiled quickly. Brown suffered a break in his leg for the second straight year while Wilson's butter fingers resulted in two lost fumbles in what turned out to be a 36-31 loss for the G-Men in Week 1 against the rival Dallas Cowboys.
[Play fantasy football on the go: Real-time scoring and more on iPhone and Android]
When the news first broke that the Giants were interested in a reunion with Jacobs, I wrote that New York should welcome him back with open arms, and it did just that.
The acquisition of Jacobs not only shores up the Giants' backfield, but the 6'4", 250-plus pound back is an excellent blocker and has always done an excellent job of keeping Eli Manning safe.
Now, you may be wondering if Jacobs is still in shape--after all, he played in just two games for the San Francisco 49ers last season and carried the ball only five times--but Giants 101's official Facebook page released a video today of Jacobs running a 4.40 40-yard dash time. Of course 40 times aren't everything, but if Jacobs were out of shape, he wouldn't be running a 4.4 at his size.
With Jacobs on the field, opposing defenses now have more weapons to worry about than if just Da'Rel Scott was lined up in the backfield. We all know the strong suit of the Giants' offense comes via the air, but Jacobs adds a ground attack that New York desperately needs. He owns a 4.5 YPC average in his career and has been a reliable ball carrier, totaling only nine fumbles in seven complete seasons.
I don't think Jacobs is going to come in and rush for 1,000 yards and completely turn this offense around, but I do think he can help out both on and off the field, guiding Wilson as he progresses as an NFL running back.
With all of the aerial weapons the Giants have, they don't need Jacobs to be a stud. What they need from him is to consistently gain yardage, convert in short yardage situations and in the red zone and help out in the blocking game.
New York's top priority is to keep Manning safe and productive, and Jacobs gives the Giants the best shot from the running back position at doing that. I know his last couple of seasons with Big Blue weren't memorable ones, but I think we see an energized and motivated Jacobs help the G-Men compete in the NFC East.
- American Football
- Sports & Recreation
- New York Giants
- Brandon Jacobs