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New York Giants: Brandon Jacobs Returns With Mixed Results

Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports

Brandon Jacobs was signed by the New York Giants before their Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos. His role is to be a veteran running back who can take carries away from David Wilson, who struggled with holding onto the football in the season-opening loss. Giants’ fans didn’t really know what to expect from Jacobs against the Broncos. We also didn’t know what to expect from Wilson either.

Fortunately for Wilson, the Giants went back to him. However, the Giants didn’t run the ball many times as their deficit began to widen a significant amount in the second half. Still, Jacobs was able to get seven carries, but for only four yards. Jacobs also scored a touchdown from a yard out, one of two touchdowns for the Giants in the loss.

Jacobs did provide a physical presence in short yardage situations, punching it into the end zone from a yard out. The play that preceded the play was a taunting penalty on Terrance Knighton after he stopped Jacobs on a run. That penalty gave the Giants another shot from a yard out, which Jacobs capitalized on.

While Jacobs did score, there wasn’t anything else he did that was noteworthy. The Giants struggled to run, which created a hole for them in which they tried to dig themselves out of through the air. It is not known how much the Giants will go to the run against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.

The Giants should think of the strengths and weaknesses of the Panthers’ defense. The Panthers have a good front seven, and a very dynamic linebacker group led by second-year man Luke Kuechly. However, the secondary is weak, so Eli Manning will have opportunities for big gains in the passing game.

Jacobs may continue to just get around seven carries a game. However, if he can score in goal-to-go situations, it is a plus.