Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said last week he can’t point to one factor for why Brandon Jacobs’ production dropped off last year.
Jacobs, though, has one in mind.
“I had fat last year, over 9 percent,” the sixth-year running back said as he walked off the field following yesterday morning’s practice. “This year, I’m under six.”
Like a defensive back in the open field, Jacobs’ slowing metabolism caught him from behind in 2009. And in the meantime, the athleticism he used to take for granted disappeared as well. In just a few months, the former game-changing, bull-dozing ball carrier learned just how quickly a running back can be considered old.
Despite that, he's still losing some first team snaps to Ahmad Bradshaw. It may not mean a whole lot right now but it's something to monitor leading up to drafts. Jacobs had his struggles last year, including at the goal line. The Giants would often spread things out and hand off to Bradshaw instead.