Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/13/13
Brandon Jacobs (Photo credit Jim McIsaac) You ever got a really bad scrape on your knee when you were a kid? While you are crying like Terrell Owens, your mom is applying peroxide, putting on the band-aid and saying the following. “You’ll be okay. You’ll feel better.” Apply the same concept to David Wilson’s fumbling tendency. Wilson is the kid who scraped his knee. Tom Coughlin is the mom. And the band-aid? Brandon Jacobs. The New York Giants signed Jacobs to a one-year contract on Tuesday after an abysmal performance by the Giants’ running backs. With the signing of Jacobs, many are pondering if the Giants have lost faith in their project, David Wilson. Absolutely not. The acquisition of Jacobs is for several reasons, but none of those reasons include Jacobs becoming the starting halfback for the New York Giants. David Wilson (Photo by Anthony Causi) One of those reasons, however, is mentorship. Jacobs played for the Giants from 2005-2011 and when he left, Bradshaw had to undertake a lot of the load and didn’t seem ready to take over the role Jacobs left. The Giants realized that and moved forward with Wilson, but now, Wilson’s flaws are becoming a cause for concern. So with no real veteran to help guide Wilson, the Giants made the right call by bringing back someone who can help Wilson’s fumble problems. Throughout his entire career, Jacobs has only fumbled the ball 18 times. By providing Wilson a veteran running back who helped the Giants to two Super Bowl victories, it gives the Giants depth, which is what they lack at the running back position with Brown out. Signing Jacobs though doesn’t take away from the negative attention Wilson has been receiving, which is very bombastic to say the least. It was the opening game of the season so you expect there to be some issues given the limited practice time. If the Giants had won the game, while the fumbling issue would have been addressed, it wouldn’t be the forefront of the Giants news on Monday. Lost in translation was a heroic effort by Eli Manning and a contract-backing performance by Victor Cruz. It was 1 out of 16 games, one which the Giants lost, but shouldn’t define Wilson’s career. After his franchise-record performance against the New Orleans Saints in 2012, everyone praised Wilson and flowered him with extravagant interpretations that were highly immature because now those same people are asking for his head on silver platter. The most productive Giants running back, Tiki Barber, had his own issues with fumbling in his career, but he fixed it. Barber has gone on record to say Wilson is “the most dynamic player the Giants have ever had,” so why worry so much? The signing of Jacobs, while more overreaction than problem solver, is a good move to help out the Giants, but it isn’t the solution. He is just another piece to the puzzle to allow Wilson to become the solution for the Giants.
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