Jacobs continues to impress

He's 6-4, 256 pounds...and a running back! And for Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants, so far, the bigger the better.

The club's fourth-round selection from Southern Illinois has wasted no time making a good impression, leading Giants RBs with 164 yards rushing on 37 carries in the preseason. Jacobs, who shared time in the backfield at Auburn in 2003 with top-five picks Ronnie Brown (No. 2) of Miami and Carnell Williams (No. 5) of Tampa Bay, transferred to Southern Illinois for an opportunity to increase his playing time.

In one season with the Salukis, he rushed for 922 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 122.1 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry.

"I was very excited when we drafted Brandon," says Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi of the day-two draft pick. "The biggest worry that I had was anytime you have to sleep on it, you start looking at the board. Size and speed usually catches people's eyes. I was worried sick that he was going to get picked. Obviously he has short- yardage specialization, but he can play anywhere on the field. He's a big back who can run."

Jacobs demonstrated his ability immediately, rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries, an average of 6.1 yards per carry, in an August 13 game against Cleveland.

"Guys are big and strong in the NFL and everyone out there is moving as fast as you are," says Jacobs. "If you see a hole, you have to get in it. If you don't, you won't gain a yard."

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