All season New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has complained about his diminished role in an offense he once helped power.
Now, after Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a cracked bone in his foot in Sunday’s win against Miami, the disgruntled 29-year-old should get his wish to see more touches on Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Bradshaw has a well-documented history of foot and ankle injuries and in Jan. 2010 had screws put in both of his feet to stabilize broken bones. He’s played through the pain before, and the Giants are hopeful they can get their starter back on the field this season.
But until then, Jacobs will be expected to shoulder the load along with D.J. Ware. Rookie Da’Rel Scott may also get a few chances to show what he can do.
So far this season it’s been hard to sympathize with Jacobs. After cracking 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound bruiser hasn’t been able to stay healthy. He’s played in only five games this season and has just 126 yards on 42 carries (3.0 ypc). And there’s also the issue of his attitude — he’s cursed at fans and reporters and thrown his helmet into the stands.
With Bradshaw out, Jacobs will need to step things up considerably to give the Giants a reliable rushing threat — and give the team a reason to keep him around after this season. He’s due a $5000,000 roster bonus in March and is scheduled to make $4.4 million next year — two reasons why he’ll likely be cut before then.
“He’s been clamoring for a chance,” Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. “The chance is here.”