Brandon Jacobs and Willis McGahee Work out for Giants, Team to Sign Jacobs
Following a disastrous performance by second-year running back David Wilson, who fumbled twice before being sent to the bench on Sunday night in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants will reportedly work out multiple veteran free agents in an effort to find stability in the backfield.
According to Fox Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo on Twitter, the Giants will work out former 1,000-yard rusher Brandon Jacobs, who helped lead the team to two Super Bowl championships during his time in New York:
The Giants will work out RBs tomorrow. The group will include Brandon Jacobs.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 9, 2013
The Giants must of liked what they saw from Jacobs, as Garafolo reports they have signed the running back on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 10
From Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:
Reunion time in East Rutherford: The Giants are signing RB Brandon Jacobs.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 10, 2013
Jacobs later posted a statement on Twitter:
I would like to take this time to thank all the fans who have been behind me all this time.. Ill go (cont) pic.twitter.com/d6Rfkxpqv0— Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) September 9, 2013
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that the NFC East contenders will also work out free agent Willis McGahee, who played the past two seasons in Denver and rushed for nearly 1,200 yards in 2011:
Giants will work out former Broncos and Ravens RB Willis McGahee on Tuesday, per source. Workout planned since Friday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2013
According to The Star-Ledger's Conor Orr, the Giants will work out former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight as well on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has 502 rushing yards on 112 career attempts.
Starting running back Andre Brown went down with a fractured leg in the Giants' final preseason game against the New England Patriots last month. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined until midseason and has left New York with very little reliability at the position.
The 31-year-old Jacobs rushed for 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons with the Giants in 2007 and 2008. He carried the ball only five times for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 before being waived at the conclusion of the regular season.
Jacobs appeared in 100 regular-season games for the Giants in seven seasons with the team. He scored 60 total touchdowns over that time and averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
McGahee, also 31, rushed for 731 yards and four touchdowns with Denver last season before he was released by the team this past June. The 10-year veteran has four 1,000-plus-yard rushing seasons under his belt and has 68 career touchdowns.
This news clarifies the fact that the Giants are looking for a spark in the backfield, which they hoped Wilson would have provided right out of the gate.
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