And the big man is back in the building! Gatorboy himself – Brandon Jacobs. Back in blue.
About a week ago I asked the Moving the Chains crew on SiriusXMNFLRadio (the best of the best – Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan), what they thought about bringing Brandon Jacobs back in to help with the Giants’ Running Back situation. Look, I’m a realist too. I saw what happened last year at the Niners. Heck, I was at the Niners vs Giants game at The Stick and saw BJ on the sideline (the visitor sideline). Clearly it didn’t work out with Harbaugh’s crew (I mean, come on – they had a lot of talent at RB already with Gore, James, Hunter and Dixon) and BJ hasn’t played in a while.
But here was my argument:
Brandon Jacobs wears his passion on his sleeve (and pretty much everywhere else). He has a tremendous amount of energy. When he uses that passion outwardly to get the team going and to pump up others, he is a beast, and it adds a lot to the mix. He knows the playbook. He knows his way around the locker room. His body compliments what we have with Andre Brown being out until Week 10 – we need a bruiser, a bulldozer, and someone who can still block and find a way through the middle when necessary. And clearly (as was also evident when I saw him on the Giants sideline before that Niners vs Giants game in 2012), he absolutely loves Big Blue. That is where his heart is. He’s been around the block. He can help the young guys. That was my argument.
There are those (very smart football people) who don’t see it yet. Even I as an observant and studious, lifer Giants fan have my questions about BJ’s ability to still bring something onto the field at 31 after a year without much playing time, and thought over the last day and a half – what about Willis McGahee? He’s resilient, he still averaged 4.4 yards a carry in 2012, and man would it be nice to have another guy from The U… the one who may have come back from one of the worst knee injuries I have ever seen in a game…
This morning Brandon Jacobs worked out with The Giants and this afternoon he signed a 1-year deal to return.
So how much fun would it be for this to be the Year of the Comeback on The Giants? Aaron Ross – who many said was at the end of his career when he left in Free Agency for the Jaguars’ 2012 season – who also seems to be pretty fired up to be back in blue and who is clearly showing it on the field; and Terrell Thomas – nobody has ever returned to success from 2 ACL surgeries (in fact he has had 3 with the one injury at USC), and I don’t think there is a football fan out there who wouldn’t be impressed with what he has shown on the field in the last 2 weeks. So why not BJ? This guy was BORN BLUE!
So bring it on bruiser! Lets see what you got! Help the young guys out while you’re at it – they need a good Giants veteran Running Back to show them the way on and off the field. Prove them wrong!
ALL IN. Including BJ!
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Topics: New York Giants