New York Giants: Brandon Jacobs Could Still Be Valuable As Mentor

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Brandon Jacobs has been reunited with his former team as the veteran back and the New York Giants agreed to terms on a one-year deal, a move that was much-needed as the Giants are thin at running back.

The Giants’ rushing attack has been non-existent thus far, so signing someone with knowledge of the playbook and blocking schemes was a must. That’s one reason Jacobs, who was last seen as a shell of himself with the San Francisco 49ers, beat out several other candidates in workouts this week to earn the spot.

The signing feels like a reach at best, and maybe a bit of a homer move by the Giants as they rekindle the relationship that led to two Super Bowls. While some see it as a move of desperation on the Giants’ part, I see it another way. Though i disagree with others that Jacobs has what it takes to overtake David Wilson for the spot, I do feel he can still be valuable in getting Wilson up to speed.

Wilson has struggled to learn the playbook and its blocking schemes, not to mention his penchant for fumbling the rock has Tom Coughlin on edge. With Andre Brown nursing a broken leg that will keep him out at least the next six weeks, it’s time for Wilson to go to work on the playbook — and Jacobs needs to oversee the study session.

Karim Akbar is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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