It looks like an old friend will be returning to help a Giants running back unit that’s in a state of disarray.
Running back Brandon Jacobs, who was one of several veterans who had a tryout with the team today, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the team.
Jacobs, who fills the roster spot that was opened by the waiving of defensive end Adewale Ojomo yesterday, is an above average pass protector who should help immediately in that regard.
The 31 -year-old Jacobs was cut by the Giants last year after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a payment reduction. Jacobs then was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers on March 28, 2012, but his stint with the team was stormy almost right from the start as he suffered a knee injury in training camp that kept him out of action for the first two months of the season.
When he finally was healthy enough to return, he apparently was not happy with the number of carries he was getting and took to social media to air his feelings. That didn’t sit well with the 49ers’ management who suspended him for the last three games of the 2012 season before ultimately waiving him after the 2012 regular season concluded.
As a Giant, Jacobs played in 100 games and had 4,849 rushing yards on 1,078 carries to go with 56 touchdowns. A punishing, downhill runner gifted with unusual size and athleticism, Jacobs also logged 131 receiving yards on 80 catches with 4 touchdowns.
The move to add Jacobs makes the most sense for the Giants on several levels. In addition to being familiar with the playbook and the coaching staff, Jacobs can offer a veteran presence in a running backs room that is mostly close in age and which was still trying to find its leadership identity after the release of Ahmad Bradshaw, whom Jacobs helped tutor when the two were teammates.
It’s unclear exactly what Jacobs’s role will be moving forward; the most likely scenario will be that the big back will take the pass blocking duties off of David Wilson’s plate so that the youngster can focus on fixing his fumbling issues.