It didn't take the New York Giants long to begin a running back search after David Wilson's dreadful performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Giants signed Brandon Jacobs early this week and expect him to contribute right away.
"I feel like I'm on top of the world," Jacobs said. "I've been waiting for this for a year and something now. I'm happy. When I came back in the building yesterday, did a little workout and I just knew then, I'm not going to fail."
The Giants and Jacobs had a rough departure. The powerful runningback left angrily after he couldn't strike a deal with Big Blue. Jacobs has been without a home since he was released by the San Fransisco 49ers.
Jacobs played with the Giants from 2005-2011, was signed after a workout with the team on Tuesday.
Jacobs did not see the same type of playing time he saw with the G-men. In two games he only had five carries for seven yards.
While playing for Big Blue Jacobs helped lead the franchise to two Super Bowl titles (XLII, XLVI) over the New England Patriots.
"Feels like a dream," Jacobs said. "I still don't think it's real. After that practice I was kind of pretty sure like, yeah I'm back. It feels good to be with my boys again."
Jacobs will most likely be splitting time with second year running back David Wilson. The young running back struggled during Sundays game against the Dallas Cowboys, fumbling the ball twice and was held to 19 yards on seven carries.
Wilson was in a similar position last season when he was put into Tom Coughlin's doghouse after displaying fumbling issues early in the season. Wilson was able to rebound with a solid end to the season, but Coughlin found his rookie weapon to be immature because of the back flips he did after scoring on an opponent. Jacobs said he was not here to be Wilson's mentor.
"I'm not really here to be a mentor to David," Jacobs said. "I'm here to work with David, to team with David to get this thing done." Jacobs is expected to be ready for the Manning Bowl against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Giants will need the rushing attack to step up because Payton Manning is coming off a game where he threw a record tying seven touchdowns in a single game.
Having Jacobs can bring back the "thunder and lightning" days from when the Giants had Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. Wilson has tremendous speed and would represent the lightning and Jacobs weighs 265 to supply the power.
Even after the shaky departure, Jacobs feels like he is back at home. Jacob's refuses to talk about his experience in San Fransisco last season and wants to start a new chapter in his life. Now, with the Giants back's against the wall with an ugly opening week loss to a division rivals, the league will see if the big running back will make a difference. Only time will tell.