NFL Week 2: Brandon Jacobs and Others Who Likely Lost Their Job Sunday

RM HeroldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2010

NFL Week 2: Brandon Jacobs and Others Who Likely Lost Their Job Sunday

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 21: Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants yells from the sideline against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 21, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/
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    The NFL is a tough business.

    You get hit or you hit until you are concussed. You break bones and are expected back as soon as they heal, and your contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

    And to top it off, being named the starter doesn't mean anything past the week you just played.

    Brandon Jacobs thought his spot was solid as the New York Giants starting running back. But that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

    Here's a list of other players whose starting days might be numbered.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Kolb

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty
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    The rule is you can't lose your job by injury. So what is it going to be then?

    How many interceptions or badly thrown passes will it take?

    Or better yet, how many losses before Andy Reid announces that he is going with Vick for the time being?

    What's the over/under on consecutive incompletions before Philly fans scream for Kolb's head? Four?

    I say two.

10. Derek Anderson

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19:  William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals at Georgia Dome on September 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Matt Leinart is gone, so maybe Anderson feels whatever numbers he puts up, he's safe. But is he?

    How many 17 for 31, 2 interception 42.5 qb rating days can he have before Max Hall gets a shot? And if not, how many 41-7 beat downs can Arizona take before Whisenhunt's job is on the line?

9. Shonn Greene

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets gets tackeled by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim
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    Shonn Greene is the runner of the future for the New York Jets, but that doesn't necessarily mean he should be the guy for the present.

    As the starter he has run the ball 20 times for 70 yards. And has two catches for 17 yards.

    Ladainian Tomlinson has run it 22 times for 138 yards. And has six catches for 42 yards.

    That is double the production. LT is hungry and amped up.

    Let the guy start.

8. Derrick Mason

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts defeated the Ravens 20-3.  (Phot
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    Mason is that guy who never goes away. Year after year, you hear the Ravens are going to upgrade their receiving corps, but Mason ends up leading them in catches anyway.

    But this year his time looks like it is going to be up really soon. If not by Donte Stallworth when he gets back from injury then certainly by T.J. Houshmandzadeh who is four inches taller and four years younger.

    Mason's days are numbered, but they seem to always be.

7. Dwayne Jarrett

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Dwayne Jarrett #80 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants during the NFL season opener at New Meadowlands Stadium on September 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo b
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    Jarrett was another of the All-American receivers at USC to not do much in the pros. The Panthers have given him every opportunity and he hasn't. Though listed as the starter across form Steve Smith, it was actually David Gettis who got the start.

    And after catching two passes for 40 yards in week one, Jarrett didn't scratch this week. How long before he gains fifty pounds, disappears and then reappears in a Seahawks uniform?

6. Julius Jones

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 14:  Running back Julius Jones #22 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes during the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on August 14, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Maybe Julius Jones should take a lesson from his older brother. Run hard. Thomas Jones went from a 1400 yard season with the Jets to being a back up and Kansas City. But that didn't last long.

    Meanwhile Seattle's Jones has been penciled in as the starter and carried the ball 12 for 30 yards. Justin Forsett, the back up, has three more carries for 57 more yards.

    It's pretty clear that the writing is on the wall for Mr. Jones out in Washington.

5. Jamaal Charles

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    ATLANTA - AUGUST 13:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Sometimes it's tough to figure out what a coach is thinking. Clearly Charles has been the more prolific runner for the chiefs. Just on pure yards per carry average, the two backs aren't close.

    Charles has 22 carries for 141 yards and a 6.4 yards average. Thomas Jones has 33 carries for 122 yards and a 3.7 yard average.

    They both are pretty much the same height but Jones carries close to 15 pounds more bulk on his frame than Charles.

    Maybe Head coach Todd Haley is a bulk kind of guy. Regardless, after a great second half of '09 season, Charles is back to being a back up for now.

4. Brandon Jacobs

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Jacobs was so frustrated during the Colts game that he tosses his helmet into the stands. He says it was an accident but word is that he might ask the Giants to trade him.

    My how times change fast.

3. Roy Williams

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Wide receiver Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Williams is doing everything he can to hold his position. Williams caught four passes for 53 yards but was targeted seven times in the game. He also fumbled once.

    Meanwhile Dez Bryant caught two passes for 52 yards and returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. Bryant is a star in the making.

    All Williams can do is hold on for as long as his hands will let him.

2. Trent Edwards

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills rolls out to look for a receiver against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7. (Photo by Jonathan Dani
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    Bills head coach Chan Gailey announced Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the team's Week 3 game at New England.

    Former starter Trent Edwards struggled through two games throwing one touchdown, two interceptions and only 251 passing yards.

    Gailey also hinted that this wasn't going to be a one week thing, either.

1. Jason Campbell

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders lies on the ground after being sacked against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacob
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    You have to wonder if the call came directly from Al Davis himself. Does he have the head coach's cell number that he can call while watching the game from up above in his owner's suite.

    Jason Campbell said he was shocked when he was pulled after tossing an interception at the end of the first half of the Raiders and Rams battle. Especially since they were down only 7-3.

    Bruce Gradkowski took over after halftime and led the Raiders to a come-back 16-14 win over St. Louis.

    I hope Campbell is only renting.