Brandon Jacobs' Diary

‘I'm probably the softest and sweetest guy you'll ever meet'Camp has been most definitely interesting to me. Stuff can get overwhelming here, you just have to keep your head and keep your cool and go with it. You have to be strong about what's going on out here because there are a lot of things going on during camp. Coach is throwing a lot of things at you.

For example this morning, Coach threw some stuff at me that I didn't fully understand. That's just something I have to work on now. Throwing in new plays, you really have to learn on the run. It really can get kind of difficult.

I know my job at the start is to be the short-yardage back. I just try to get positive yardage, make positive plays. I need to get the first down, that's really all I'm thinking about – that's my frame of mind.

In addition to the short-yardage role, I can catch the ball out of the backfield and run the ball. Honestly, I can do whatever Coach Coughlin and my team wants me to do. If things are blocked well and I have to get around the corner, I can get there. But the offensive line and the people around me work very hard to seal things and get things blocked. So it's not all me when I make those plays. My team deserves a lot of that credit.

I have to admit that it's starting to get old, all the talk about my size. I've been asked about it every single day up here, and I always answer the same way: I've been doing this all my life. I just had a little growth spurt and stayed at the position.

I'm starting to feel the excitement in the air up here. A lot of the fans seem to be excited about me. But I can't let that get to me. I have to continue to work hard and get better. It's been exciting for me as well. I get to learn a lot from Tiki, I've caught rides back and forth to practice with Michael Strahan; he's a really funny dude.

It's been really fun so far. And I haven't had any tricks played on me yet. The guys here are just really focused and don't have time to do things like that. They're trying to win; there's no real time for hazing and all that stuff. We just want to win.

As far as camp goes, it's 100 percent more intense here than it was in college. This is my job now, this is real. I have to be able to take care of my family. This is the real deal out here. This is what puts food on the table.

I took jersey number 27 here for a reason. The special thing about that number is that my junior college (Coffeyville, Kan.) coach gave me that number. He made me take that number during my first year at junior college, which is why it's still special to me.

Also, moving on to Southern Illinois from Auburn was a great move for me. There's no doubt about it. I think it's worked out just fine. It got me to New York, and I'm definitely happy to be here. It was a great move and I'm really glad that I did it.

I think this season fans are going to see as much out of me as Coach allows me to do. I'm not going to say what I'm going to do, because I really don't know how it's going to play out. I'm just going to work hard and do the best I can.

I don't just see good things with this team, I see great things in store for us. We have a lot of talent here. We can do some great things this year.

It was a great offseason for me. I got married in Hilton Head, SC on July 2. My new wife, Kimberly, is sweet. I love her to death. It changes your life is such good ways. She can help out whenever I need her to, especially when I'm up here. I actually just lost my wallet, so she called and canceled all my credit cards.

Off the field, I'm a real teddy bear. I'm probably the softest and sweetest guy you'll ever meet. When I'm off the field, I'm a real nice guy and easy to get along with.

Tiki's take on big Brandon: Tiki Barber has been very impressed with Jacobs so far. Here's what he had to say about whom he believes will be his eventual replacement:

"Brandon's a stud. I'm excited to be a mentor for him in the long run. In the short term, he understands his role and his function on this team and he's eager. That's what's most important to me. He didn't come in with any preconceived notion or attitude. He wants to learn and be the best player he can be right now.

"We're obviously different kinds of backs. The league shifted away from big backs about 10 years ago. It may be coming back, especially with someone who has the power and speed that he has. He really could change the way the game is played at that position."

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