Healthy Jacobs Rarin' to Go

Last year was not a good one for Brandon Jacobs. He'd be the first to tell you that. So he went out and did something about it.

This isn't any run-of-the-mill running back we're talking about; this is a guy that averaged 5.0 yards per carry in consecutive seasons (2007-08). Coming off a subpar campaign and arthroscopic knee surgery, he wanted to get back to the old Jacobs and figured a new training regimen was the way to do so.

"I didn't have a good year last year," Jacobs said. "I wasn't explosive, I was hurt and I couldn't plant my right foot in the ground and push off. I didn't have any strength in it at all. That whole year, I never went out and made an excuse, and I'm not doing that now. I'm just saying we had a bad season."

But now, after more than a week in Albany, Jacobs is in a different place, both mentally and physically.

"I feel good," he said. "My body is good. I feel fast. I feel better this year than I have felt since my third year in the league. I feel really good. I've done a couple things this offseason to prepare myself for the season, and doing certain core work and hip flexibilities. Things that I need to do. I don't want to work on too much strength because I'm getting older and I don't need strength. I'm getting older, and I want to keep my body durable and flexible to do this grind."

Jacobs' new routine included additional work on flexibility, hip movement and stretching and less on basic strength training.

"I just realized that all the strength stuff isn't benefitting me: the dead lifts and the power lifts," Jacobs said. "I'm 28 years old, you know. I came out of the womb strong. I don't need that. You can lift weights to a certain extent to maintain your strength, and that's what I did. I didn't look to build strength; I just looked to maintain strength. I just need to be more flexible. My muscles need to be more flexible so it wouldn't be all the pulling muscles. That's the type of stuff that I decided to work on just because it's a long grind, and you have to last."

While training hard this offseason, Jacobs still kept a close eye on close friend Plaxico Burress. Jacobs showed up to camp one day donning a white t-shirt with blue lettering that read: Free 17. Let him ball out.

"You won't see that anywhere unless you go and get it made just like I did," Jacobs said.

Jacobs was asked how often he was able to speak to the incarcerated Burress.

"We talked once a week before camp started," he said. "I'm just hoping for the best for him and his family. Hopefully, he can get out and continue his career." As for his current teammates, Jacobs thinks they have what it takes to go the distance once again this season.

"We built a house on the top of the hill," he said of the Super Bowl title three years ago. "We need to go back and knock at that door, and New Orleans better let us in again."

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