Brandon Jacobs Is the Next Man Up in the Giants' Backfield

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the New York Jets during their pre season game on August 29, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Next man up = Brandon Jacobs.

Andre Brown will be sidelined until at least Week 9 of the season with a broken left leg.

David Wilson likely spent his Monday afternoon scouring the New York Giants’ locker room for a bottle of sticky glue in the hopes that it might somehow help him get out of Tom Coughlin’s doghouse.

Da’Rel Scott, who narrowly earned a spot on the Giants roster this season, somehow found himself on the field late in the fourth quarter with the Giants down by six and Eli Manning looking to lead his first fourth-quarter comeback drive of the season.

Scott’s inexperience became painfully obvious when he and Manning got their signals crossed on a short pass which bounced off Scott's hands and directly into the hands of Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr, who raced into the end zone for a comeback-crushing touchdown.

By the time the Giants left Dallas late on Sunday night, they, for all intents and purposes, had absolutely no running game whatsoever.

So, the Giants brought in Jacobs, who had spent the first seven years of his career with the Giants, former Broncos running back Willis McGahee and George Winn who had been at Patriots camp earlier this year, for a workout with the team at the Meadowlands.

Jacobs apparently impressed the Giants coaching staff more than McGahee and Winn, and by day's end, the team had signed the former Giant to a one-year deal, according to a report by's Dan Graziano.

The 31-year-old Jacobs, who stands 6'5'' and weighs 265 pounds, is the Giants’ franchise leader with 56 rushing touchdowns.

During his seven years with the Giants, Jacobs rushed for 4,898 yards, according to, which is exactly 4,521 yards more than Wilson and 4,850 yards more than Scott.

“Whatever they need me to do,” Jacobs said, via Michael Eisen of “Whatever role they want me to play, I’ll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they’ve made some tweaks here and there, and I’ll do whatever I have to do. I look forward to teaming up with David and Cox and Da’Rel and Dre (Andre Brown) whenever he gets back and try to make everybody around us better. We want to be the group that leads the team to victory.”

Jacobs was released by the Giants in 2011 and spent last season with the San Francisco 49ers where he played just two games after returning from a knee injury. Jacobs was then suspended for three games for writing a negative comment about the 49ers and was waived by the team prior to the playoffs.

This afternoon, Jacobs found a familiar home in the Giants’ backfield and will most likely be in the lineup on Sunday afternoon when the Giants take on the Denver Broncos at Met Life Stadium.

"This is where I wanted to be," Jacobs said, via USA Today. "These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates. This is the place I love most."

Jacobs is now the next man up in the Giants’ backfield, and if he manages to do nothing other than stay healthy and hold onto the football, he will be a significant step up from what the Giants had just two days ago in Dallas.