Brandon Jacobs’ second stint with the New York Giants hasn’t exactly gone as planned. The 31-year-old running back has been sidelined five games already this season with nagging knee problems and his status for Sunday’s contest against the San Diego Chargers is still up in the air.
After starter David Wilson went down on season-ending injured reserved due to a serious neck injury, Jacobs appeared to be the heir apparent to shoulder the rushing load alongside Andre Brown. But now injuries have taken their toll and the 265 pound ball carrier is just battling day-by-day to get back healthy.
“I got through practice,” Jacobs told the media Wednesday. ”It wasn’t the best. I took some reps and got involved in the offense.”
The nine-year veteran was aiming to revive his career in New York after a somewhat ugly divorce with the franchise following the 2011 Super Bowl season. With all hard feelings aside and Jacobs motivated to dominate his old stomping grounds, the running back’s knee isn’t exactly cooperating with his wishes.
“I wish like hell my knee was 100 percent,” said Jacobs about the injury. “With the way my mind frame is and the way I wanted to come back here and be productive for my team, I just wish it was 80-85 percent. It would be much different, it would be nasty out there.”
It’s been nasty for the Giants, who started 0-6 and have since rebounded to win five of their last six contests, but they're currently a long shot to make the postseason.
Despite New York’s struggles and slim playoff hopes, Jacobs isn’t taken his time with the Giants for granted.
“Listen there is no place in the National Football League where I’d rather be than right here at 1925 Giant Drive,” Jacobs told reporters on Wednesday. “We could have went 0-16 and I’d be happy and smiling in this locker room because I’m a Giant at heart, I love this organization, I love these fans, I love that NY, so there’s not a better place than me. I’d rather be here than go somewhere and go undefeated. This is where I belong.”
With the Giants scratching and clawing their way back to relevance, Jacobs will stop at nothing to help his team finish the year strong.
"I’m going to go out a soldier," noted Jacobs. "I’m going to go out fighting. And that’s just it. They’re going to have to drag me through the dirt. Just put me in a body bag and ship me home."