As a guy who gave his heart, mind and body to multiple New York Giants Super Bowl runs, Brandon Jacobs is easy to root for getting one last hurrah on the gridiron. His familiarity with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride‘s playbook is crucial, and it makes sense that New York would give him a look. However, based on his performance the last two years it doesn’t make sense to bring him back following the sojourn to San Francisco.
Never mind that benching David Wilson for Da’Rel Scott any longer or a street vet would be “proving a point” to your own detriment for Tom Coughlin.
“Vested veterans such as (Willis) McGahee and Brandon Jacobs now getting tryouts; team financial obligation greatly reduced after Week One,” tweeted ESPN’s Andrew Brandt. Earlier in the day Jacobs would tweet “I wanna be back with big blue I can’t let the opportunity pass me by.”
I would love to watch the 2007-2008 Jacobs form as a complement to Wilson this season. But to see his current form take any snaps away from Wilson is just offensive suicide, and I’m not confident in McGahee after last season’s trip to injured reserve at his age.
On Jacobs, the nostalgia is there to make it slightly palatable but he doesn’t even address Wilson’s main issues in any helpful way. The past two seasons show a running back far past his prime without truly mitigating skills to compensate. In 2011 with the Giants, Jacobs finished 41st in Pro Football Focus’ pass-block efficiency rating for running backs (min. 25% snaps) and had the seventh-most fumbles on just 189 carries.
Unless Jacobs has found the fountain of youth, let’s hope it’s just a look from Tom Coughlin and Co.