Brandon Jacobs Unhappy With Role On Giants, Ready To Walk After Contract Ends
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Here we go again. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is miffed about his lack of carries — and speaking out.
Jacobs not only wants the ball more, he also wouldn’t mind if Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called Ahmad Bradshaw’s number more as well.
The big bruising back was in demand in the locker room on Thursday after telling Men’s Fitness that he was unhappy and that he did not expect to be with the team next season.
“It’s a very confusing thing. I’m just here, doing the best that I can do to help my team,” he told the magazine. “I come out to win; it’s up to them whether or not they want to use me. I just can’t wait to get a true opportunity to get out there and show myself again, you know? Next year, hopefully. This is a business and you have to look at it that way. I just want to get out there and show myself. It’s going to have to be for another team, but it is what it is. It comes with the territory.”
The publication asked Jacobs if he saw himself with Big Blue after his current contract expires.
“No,” he replied. “I don’t.”
Jacobs restructured his contract this summer and he is due to receive a $500,000 roster bonus in March, an amount that might cause the Giants to dump him and the $4.4 million salary he is scheduled to earn next season.
Jacobs didn’t say he wanted out after practice, but it was clear he wanted some things to change.
“Being an athlete, I want to go out and preform and help my team win,” said Jacobs, who has averaged few than 10 carries per game.
“It is really aggravating, it is really frustrating. It is teams all over the league, that are not running the ball well and running backs aren’t getting the carries that they normally get. I can’t do anything about that. I just want to be happy. That is where I want to start at, I just want to be happy and be able to finish my career in the right way.”
Jacobs missed the past two games for the Giants with a strained left knee. He returned to practice this week and expects to play Sunday when the Giants (4-2) play host to the winless Miami Dolphins (0-6).
“My knee has been good,” the seven-year veteran said. “I’ve been making good cuts going to both sides. Once I saw I was able to make a cut to my right I knew everything was good because that’s kind of the problem.”
Jacobs doesn’t know whether his carries will increase this weekend, and it might be hard for that to happen with Bradshaw coming off his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and Eli Manning averaging close to 10 yards per pass.
“I am just here working hard and whatever happens, happens,” Jacobs said. “I am not making any more predictions or assuming that I am going to get something. I am just going out and if they call my number, I will be there. If they don’t, fine.”
The Giants are averaging 90.2 yards rushing, which is 30th in the league, and 3.3 yards per carry, which is next to last.
“I don’t even worry about that,” Gilbride said. “I worry about are we moving the ball, whatever it takes. If we’re running the ball, great, or we’re throwing the ball, all that counts is at the end of the game you’re on top.”
Jacobs agrees with that.
“I want to win first overall,” he said. “I want to be on a team that’s winning football games. I want to be a part of that. I really want to be a part of that. Whatever happens, happens.”
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