Why the New York Giants Won't Miss Brandon Jacobs in 2012
They already have younger backs ready to produce in Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson and Da'Rel Scott.
Eli Manning is in his prime and his has two great targets in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
The last time Jacobs rushed for 1,000 yards and recorded double digits touchdowns was back in 2008. Bradshaw recorded nine touchdowns last year and rushed for over 1,000 yards the year before.
There's not a lot of room for running backs who are 30 years or older, and Jacobs is turning 30 in July.
The bottom line is that for most of the season, Jacobs didn't get it done. Yes, some blame does go to the offensive line because they didn't get it done for most of the season, but there's only some much blame they can take.
There were not a lot of offensive lines in the league last year that could give a 29-year-old back (at the time) enough time to rush the edges on a consistent basis.
He's supposed to be a power back, but he hasn't run the part in a long, long time. Instead of going up the middle, you're more likely to see Jacobs trying to play the edges.
He's not quick on his feet at this age, and he needs to utilize his size a lot more than he has as of late.
The G-Men have enough pieces in place where they don't have to sit around and wait for Jacobs to get his act together.
This is one of those situations in the NFL where both sides actually benefited. The Giants got rid of a would be 30-year-old back, while said back still gets to play for a Super Bowl contender.
I appreciated Jacobs' time as a Giant. He helped them win two Super Bowls, and I'll never forget that.
However, his time with the Giants—like most things in life—had to come to an end eventually.
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