Now he's hearing whispers again. This time from scouts who say he lacked confidence, one reason he slipped to 44.
''The Miami game hurt
him,'' said Pro Football Weekly's personnel expert Nolan Nawrocki. ''He was
bracing for the catch and looked intimidated according to some scouts. He's a
good player, but he has that mentality that he has to gain some confidence.
That's what held him back. He was drafted where he should have
But Jacobs said he doesn't lack confidence. Some of that probably
stemmed from a quote by Jacobs, when he said he had to increase his confidence
to become the go-to guy or to think he was the absolute best
''That's not an issue,'' Jacobs said. ''I heard that, but it's
not a problem at all. I figure if they knew better, then they'd do better. So
it's not true.''
Jacobs was the 18th rated player on Washington's board,
making him a no-brainer selection in the Redskins' mind.
''We think he's
suited for any system, not just this one,'' Redskins coach Steve Spurrier
Spurrier liked him out of high school as well. Spurrier was looking
at a defensive lineman who was a teammate of Jacobs at Florida A&M High
School. Florida's receivers coach Dwayne Dixon already had rejected Jacobs as a
But Florida's recruiting coordinator Bob Sanders told
Spurrier he had to watch Jacobs. So he watched him run track, watched some film
and offered him a deal--in the same day.
''We watched him catch and run
and said, 'This isn't hard, we need to offer this guy a scholarship,' ''
. . .The Redskins say Brad Banks will only play
quarterback. He's too slow (4.73 in the 40) to be considered as a receiver or
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