After not getting a single carry in the Giants' final preseason game against the Patriots, and losing his starting role to Ahmad Bradshaw, its understandable that Brandon Jacobs is a bit upset about his current situation.
We're talking about a guy in which two seasons ago ran for 1,089 yards, averaged five yards per carry, and scored 15 touchdowns.
The season before that, he ran for 1009 yards, averaged another five yards per carry, and scored four touchdowns.
Now after one bad season, he loses his starting role and New York fans claim that he is already washed up. I sort of can't blame the man for at least feeling a little bit on edge; plus we all know how the New York media can make you feel.
According to 1050 ESPN Radio, they state that Jacobs will most likely get 10 to 15 carries a game, with Bradshaw getting the majority. For the most part, I highly disagree. The New York Giants will play whoever the hot hand is that day. Some days Jacobs may get less than his 10 to 15 carries; other days he may get his 20 to 30 carries. Just because he is no longer the starter does not give this man a back seat to the New York Giants offense.
Jacobs did have a down year last season, and injuries have been his demise, but Jacobs has all the tools for a rebound in 2010. The man runs hard between the tackles, has very good vision, incredible strength, and amazing speed and agility for a person his size. He is like nothing like the NFL has ever seen before. Even if the New York media or fans no longer believe in him, the most important person that still does believe in him is Eli Manning.
In an article written by Matt Mosley of ESPN, he quotes Eli Manning, who stated that Brandon Jacobs is still a huge part of that offense:
"Brandon knows he is going to get a good bit of carries and that he is going to have to make plays for us and he is a big part of our success this year. Hopefully he knows that and when he is in there he is going to have to play well, and I have a feeling he will and it will be a good year for him."
It will be a good year for Jacobs. Once the season starts, all this banter about who is starting and who will get more reps will be over. Both Bradshaw and Jacobs will have great seasons, play big roles in the offense, and win games for the New York Giants. Expect a big time offense out of Big Blue this season. Whether it's throwing the rock or running it, the New York Giants are a deadly surprise for the 2010 season.
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