David Wilson vs Brandon Jacobs: Dissecting Giants RB's After Woeful Week 2
What's worse for fantasy owners than two running backs splitting carries? How about two of them sharing the load in atrocious fashion?
The New York Giants looked abysmal in a 41-23 loss to the Denver Broncos. Once Peyton Manning's crew racked up enough points to blow the game away, a dejected Eli Manning closed his eyes and tossed the ball in triple coverage for a pick, which isn't much worse than throwing an interception in the end zone with no receiver in sight.
But the younger Manning was forced to press the issue because David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs offered him no support in the running game.
Wilson, who at least held onto the football, gained just 17 yards on seven carries. Jacobs secured a cheap one-yard score, but let's join The Star Ledger's Steve Politi in not praising the big back after finishing with four yards on seven carries.
That 1-yard touchdown run improved Brandon Jacobs' average for the day to .6 per carry.— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) September 15, 2013
So where do we go from here with the Giants' backfield?
Jacobs, who gained seven yards last season, is at best a touchdown vulture and at worst an aging rusher who is miscast as a short-yardage back solely because of his hefty frame. Even if he continues to receive some touches, any team relying on Jacobs is in big trouble.
Wilson is the elusive back with massive big-play potential. New York desperately needs to get him going, so don't expect him to disappear like last season. Don't drop Wilson, but go ahead and dust off a seat on the bench for the speedster.
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