Brandon Jacobs' Biggest Contribution To New York Giants Will Actually be In Pass Protection

By Jay Cullen
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants made a smart signing to bring back Brandon Jacobs. Jacob already knows the playbook, and will be motivated to play again for big blue. Jacobs has struggled in running the ball of late, but it is unclear how many carries he will actually get. Not only that, but Jacobs’ biggest concern was that he was often not 100 percent. Now, he should be.

Truth be told though, Jacobs will help most with protecting Eli Manning. Jacobs is a great pass blocker in many ways because he is so big. At over 250 pounds, Jacobs is never outmatched by bigger linebackers. The Giants have to throw the ball a lot even with Jacobs, and now Manning can trust his backside.

David Wilson fumbled twice on Sunday, but what might have been more disconcerting long-term was his lack of development in blocking. Wilson needs to get better to be a starting running back, but Jacobs can help with that. As a veteran, Jacobs should be a good teacher and influence on Wilson. It can also mean the Jacobs could be in on obvious passing situations and another blocker, a job that Wilson is not exactly cut out for with his small frame.

Do not expect Jacobs to be the starting back with lots of carries. He may get 5-10, but he will most likely be there to help in protection and take some of the load off Wilson or Da’Rel Scott. Then again, no one knows for sure with Tom Coughlin. Regardless of how Jacobs is used, Manning should rest better knowing that he has a much bigger, better blocker protecting him.

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