Tag:Brandon Jacobs
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 11:48 am

Report: Brandon Jacobs to request a trade

Posted by Andy Benoit

Vinny DiTrani of the Bergen Record says a source is telling him that Brandon Jacobs will meet with Giants management Monday and request a trade. B. Jacobs

The bulldozing 265-pound running back lost his starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw during training camp. The temperamental Jacobs has frequently butted heads with members of the New York media, and, reading between the lines, he seems to have an iffy relationship with the coaching staff.

Jacobs has not been an effective runner this season or all of last season. The Giants gave Jacobs a new contract worth $13 million in guarantees prior to last season.

If Jacobs does get dealt – and, given New York’s lack of running back depth, it’s highly unlikely he will – his last hurrah in Big Blue will have been the bizarre helmet in the stands incident (which, by the way, is a story likely to stick around this week).

Stay tuned.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:47 pm

Colts complete smackdown of the NYG

P. Manning and E. Manning greet each other after Sunday night's game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the second half of the Colts-Giants game, the most interesting aspect of the contest was this: how in the hell did New York RB Brandon Jacobs’ helmet end up in the stands? Did he hurl it like he was Al Oerter? Did somebody steal it? Did the helmet grow legs and walk into the stands? Did Jacobs slip on a banana peel and toss it into the crowd by accident?

Well, we don’t really know. All we know is that NFL security retrieved the helmet from the fan who desperately wanted to keep it for himself. We know Jacobs was yelling into the stands after he discovered his helmet no longer was in his hands. And we know that Jacobs didn’t return to the game after the Case of the Missing Helmet had been solved.

Oh, and we know that the Colts have recovered from last week’s season-opening loss to Houston, and we know that the Giants defense might not be very good. Or Indianapolis’ offense is unreal.

Peyton Manning was efficient (read: very good) and completed 20 of 26 passes for 255 yards and three TDs, and RB Joseph Addai carried the ball 20 times for 92 yards. The offensive line dominated the Giants defense, which allowed 410 yards overall. And the Giants defense dominated the offense, sacking Eli Manning into submission.

And as the teams shook hands – the Manning brothers briefly met at mid-field, patted each other on the shoulder and moved on – and headed off the field, Archie and Olivia Manning were waiting in the tunnel that leads to the Giants locker room to console their youngest boy, Eli. It looks like he needed it.

She gave him a hug, and he gave a sad little smile. Rough night for the youngest brother. Rough night for Jacobs, as well.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:20 am

Hot Routes 09.10.10: Still too much cursing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Good news for the Rams: QB A.J. Feeley is feeling healthy. Oh wait, that doesn’t matter. He’s not going to start any way. Not with Sam Bradford feeling good. "I've said all along, it was going to be his job — it was just a matter of when." Feeley told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "It was kind of predicated on when he was ready. And he's ready.”

- Cowboys LG Kyle Kosier and RT Marc Colombo continue not to practice in Dallas. It’s becoming less and less likely that they’ll play the team’s season opener against Washington.

- Another offensive line story, this one out of Jets headquarters. Matt Slauson has beat out second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse for the starting left guard spot heading into Monday night’s game vs. the Ravens. I’m sure Slauson will be welcomed warmly by Baltimore’s defensive linemen, namely Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata.

- Roger Goodell recently said he wants a new labor deal to be done in March. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith countered that by saying he wants a new agreement signed by November. NFL.com has the full story.

- Good lord, Tony Dungy just won’t let go of this Rex-Ryan-curses-too-much storyline. Enough already, man.

- When Keith Bulluck signed with the Giants in the offseason, it was thought he would replace Jonathan Goff at the middle linebacker spot. But Goff had a good training camp, and now, New York is rewarding him by making him the starter (and moving Bulluck to the outside). Goff seems honored.

- Speaking of the Giants, things are not going well between RB Brandon Jacobs, who just lost his starting spot to Ahmad Bradshaw, and the front office. In effect, Bradshaw says, Jacobs is feuding with team management. Jacobs, though, says everything is cool between him and Bradshaw – who, it should be noted, has started just one time in his four-year career.

- Ask around the Bengals locker room, and in some players’ eyes, there’s no question. They’d rather have Carson Palmer at quarterback than anybody else in the league. Of course, what would you expect them to say? That they’d rather have Tom Brady leading their team? Of course not.

-Panthers linebacker Thomas Jones hasn’t given up on playing this season, despite suffering his second ACL tear within a seven-month period. Jones said he’s on course to be back by mid-season.

-Even when Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called on his quarterback to be even better this year, that hardly fazed Joe Flacco. Why is that? Maybe, the nickname the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston has bestowed upon him can give you an idea: Joe Cool.

- Champ Bailey and the Broncos are talking about a four-year contract extension.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:26 am

Brandon Jacobs no longer upset (he says)

Posted by Andy Benoit

Four days ago, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was furious. At least, that’s how it looked in printB. Jacobs (US Presswire). Jacobs had just officially lost his starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw.

Asked about the business side of the NFL, he replied, "To be in this business, you have to know that. No one's your friend in this business. This is a cutthroat, backstabbing business. That's just the way it goes. It's been like that before me. If you expect anything else out of a business like this, you're crazy. It's almost hard to stay positive in a situation like this, but that's what I've got to do."

Now, Jacobs is clarifying things. This from Mike Garafolo of The Star Ledger:

(Jacobs’) approach was clearly to leave the subject alone, lest he say something he didn’t want to say — or something that could be misconstrued.

But when asked about being portrayed as disgruntled over entering the season as the apparent No. 2 running back behind Ahmad Bradshaw, Jacobs cracked and began talking in an attempt to clarify his remarks after Thursday’s preseason finale.

“I’m happy,” the Giants’ leading rusher over the past three seasons said. “People get different things confused through words. That’s not the case. The case is I’m here to win football games and ride it on out with my teammates.

“People get things mixed up and make big deals out of everything that’s not even really what it is.”

The obvious question, then, is what exactly did Jacobs mean when he told ESPN.com the NFL is a “cutthroat, backstabbing business” and that it’s “almost hard to stay positive in a situation like this?”

According to Jacobs, he was simply reacting to his not getting a carry in the game against the Patriots.

“Those were about the game, the last preseason game, only having four reps,” Jacobs said. “That’s where that whole thing came from. I didn’t have any carries at all, not one. I had a catch. I just wanted a few more snaps to try to get the ball.”

A player disgruntled over not getting carries in a preseason game? In the final preseason game? Surrrrre……

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:00 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 12:08 pm

Jacobs: NFL is 'cutthroat, backstabbing business'

Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Jacobs lost the Giants' starting running back roll to Ahmad Bradshaw on Thursday night, and after the game, he wasn't exactly thrilled about the news, even if he does understand the concept that the NFL is a harsh business environment.

"No question," Jacobs told ESPN . "To be in this business, you have to know that. No one's your friend in this business. This is a cutthroat, backstabbing business. That's just the way it goes. It's been like that before me. If you expect anything else out of a business like this, you're crazy."

"It's almost hard to stay positive in a situation like this, but that's what I've got to do," Jacobs said.

He's right -- there's no other option other than to take whatever carries the Giants will give him and make the most out of them. It's still likely he'll get plenty; this is a team that used to sport three "feature backs" in their rotation when Jacobs, Bradshaw and Derrick Ward (pre-Bucs cutting him form) demolished opposing defenses.

The bottom line, though, is this is a smart move by the Giants because Bradshaw deserves the start and if this works out as a motivational tactic for Jacobs, the offense will only be that much more effective.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:54 pm

Ahmad Bradshaw captures Giants starting RB job

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Giants official first team offense took the field for the first series in the preseason finale Thursday night. Lining up at running back was NOT Brandon Jacobs, but rather, Ahmad Bradshaw. A. Bradshaw (US Presswire)

All arrows have been pointing to this scenario throughout the preseason, but with the moment of truth seemingly here, it’s still a little bizarre: Brandon Jacobs, the most punishing downhill runner in the NFL, the stallion of the dominant rushing attack that brought the organization a Lombardi Trophy in 2007, is no longer a starter.

Jacobs struggled mightily in 2009 (his average yards per carry dipped from 5.0 in’07 and ’08 to 3.7). He was indecisive and consistently gained only the yards that were blocked. It was assumed that a bum knee was largely the problem, but during the offseason, coaches expressed only lukewarm confidence in the sixth-year pro.

Bradshaw battled his own health problems in ’09 and underwent surgery on both ankles during the offseason. Still, he was effective down the stretch last year.

Many believe the 5’9”, 198-pounder is a scat back. However, on film it’s apparent that Bradshaw, with his compact strength and low center of gravity, is more than capable of breaking tackles and dragging defenders inside. He’s also a reliable receiver in the flats, which gives offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride more flexibility in play-calling on first and second down.

Jacobs is prideful almost to the point of mercurial at times. He won’t like coming off the bench, but he’ll still play an integral role in New York’s offense. Now, he’ll just be fresher and angrier.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 10:19 am

Hot Routes 8.22.10: Injuries and rookie hazing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-In Baltimore’s win against the Redskins, Terrell Suggs – coming off, by his standards, an unimpressive year – had a good showing . He credits an offseason diet in which he came to training camp considerably lighter.

-Of course, Suggs’ explosion could also be credited to the fact that Redskins rookie LT Trent Williams, who was burned much of the night by Suggs, sustained an elbow contusion . He said the injury would not keep him out long.

-Seahawks RB Leon Washington, who suffered a season-ending injury last year while playing for the Jets, made his Seattle debut an impressive one, rushed for an 11-yard TD (overall, he carried the ball four times for 19 yards). Afterward, Washington declared that he felt healthy.

-Last night, we told you Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman was done for the preseason after fracturing the tip of his thumb. Freeman is just relieved it’s not a more serious injury . His backup, Josh Johnson, went 6 for 10 for 133 yards and a TD. Third-stringer Rudy Carpenter also performed well, completing 8 of 11 attempts for 79 yards and the game-winning score.

-According to Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette, the Dolphins exposed the Jaguars defense during Miami’s one-point win Saturday night. Miami and QB Chad Henne scored on four-straight possessions against Jacksonville’s No. 1 defense.

-In case you figured the injuries to A.J. Feeley’s thumb and elbow would catapult rookie Sam Bradford into the starting QB slot, you might have to rethink that theory . After the game, Feeley said he expects to be back for the team’s next preseason game. The X-rays on his thumb and elbow were negative.

-Neither Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw nor S Antrel Rolle started New York’s game Saturday night, because both were late to team meetings. “I've been around long enough to understand there are consequences, so I took it like a man,” Rolle said.

-And while we’re on the Giants, let’s talk for a second about RB Brandon Jacobs and his stiff neck that kept him from playing. According to Tom Coughlin, the injury came out of nowhere. Apparently, Jacobs hurt himself by doing shrugs while working out.

-If Ben Roethlisberger had his choice, he would have played the entire Steelers-Jets game. Alas, he was just happy to be back on the field.

-Speaking of Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette thinks the battle for the center spot is finished. Give the job to dominant rookie Maurkice Pouncey now, Bouchette writes.

-Brian Urlacher said the calf injury he sustained on the first series of the Bears game was not a big deal .

-The art of the rookie hazing is not dead in Tennessee. On Saturday, the Titans splashed all of safety Robert Johnson’s non-uniform clothes into the cold tub . Johnson’s cell phone was spared, but not his $160 pair of Jordan’s. The hazing was totally unexpected for Johnson, he said.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 7:01 pm

What will (and won't) happen tonight

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some quick thoughts and Tweets before the 11-game slate of preseason games begin tonight.

-Ben Roethlisberger will start and play maybe two series tonight for the Steelers. Then, it’ll be Byron Leftwich and then Dennis Dixon.

Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi will not play tonight. Josh Cribbs will take his place in the starting lineup.

The Giants could be without RB Brandon Jacobs, who has a stiff neck. The NY Daily News also reports Jacobs is not dressed for the game.

Instead of starting RB Clinton Portis, Washington will give Larry Johnson a shot at taking first-team snaps .

There could be a delay of game in the 7:30 p.m. Jaguars-Dolphins game. According to Armando Salguero , “Stadium officials told fans at EverBack Field to go to the concourses because of a lightning alert. Stadium seems empty. Teams not on field.”

And one to grow on for Sunday:

Brett Favre – I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him – will start and play maybe 10 snaps Sunday vs. San Francisco,

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