Posted September 10, 2013

Giants sign veteran running back Brandon Jacobs

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Brandon Jacobs has re-signed with the New York Giants. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Brandon Jacobs has re-signed with the New York Giants. (Larry French/Getty Images)

The New York Giants, in need of running back depth, have reunited with veteran Brandon Jacobs, reports FOX Sports 1′s Mike Garafolo on Twitter. Jacobs has signed a one-year deal with the team.

Second-year running back David Wilson was benched Sunday night after fumbling twice in New York’s loss to Dallas. Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Monday declined to say whether Wilson would start this week but sounded willing to give him another chance.

“David Wilson is a very talented young man, who we need to be productive,” Coughlin said. “We have been down this road before. We can help him be a better ball carrier, a better secure ball carrier.”

But Wilson’s struggles highlighted the team’s lack of depth at the position. When Wilson was benched, the team turned to Da’Rel Scott, who had 11 career carries coming into the game.

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Last year’s starter, Ahmad Bradshaw, signed with the Colts in the offseason. Then, New York lost backup Andre Brown to a broken leg, which will keep him out until Week 10.

The Giants had reportedly already scheduled workouts with veteran backs, but they became more important after the opener. Willis McGahee was reportedly among the expected participants. But New York chose Jacobs, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the team.

The 31-year-old saw action in only two games last year with the 49ers, and it’s unclear how much playing time he’ll receive with the Giants. But he gives the team another option should Wilson continue to struggle with ball security.


18 comments
RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

This was a mistake signing. Bringing in a loud mouth, washed up big back that thinks he is fast will result in nothing but a release. If the Giants really think the tip-toe bandit can carry the rock more than 5 times a game then they are sorely mistaken. 

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Normally...I'd not put the odds of a successful reconciliation very high. Then again, I was just rehired by my old company even though I gave them 10 minutes notice a year ago. Supply & demand, I suppose...

tootallgoof
tootallgoof

Jacobs was signed at least partially because he knows the offense better than McGahee and McKnight.   The same coaching staff is in place when he was there so the transition should be easier for him.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Now Jacobs will have a good view of the Eli Manning cry baby face.

jason2
jason2

love it when jacobs trucks a guy

Joseph F
Joseph F

Are you really that dumb?  Useless comments only prove it.  Stay off the boards until you grow some hair on your chin.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@slickwilly Willy I hope that comment is you just being slick because there is no way this is a good signing. This is called desperation in week 2, not a good sign for NY.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@slickwilly Jacobs is done, way to waste your money. Should have signed McGahee - injuries aside, at least he's been productive lately. 

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@jason2 Your memory fails you, this is a RB that looks like he would truck people but he is scared of contact so tries to bounce his runs outside the numbers like he is quick. His problem was that he didn't like to run north and south which is why the Giants let him walk in the first place. Jacobs will be gone in 3 weeks.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

I like when people ask a question and then answer it.  Can I please follow you on twitter or register for your newsletter?