Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/6/12

The relationship between Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw was much like a big brother, little brother relationship. The two running backs had grown extremely close over the last several years, and that bond resulted in some awkwardness when Bradshaw was ultimately given the starting job … which had been Jacobs'. But with BJac now in San Francisco with the 49ers, Bradshaw has been allowed to come into his own, and almost immediately he's developed into an offensive leader.

"He has stepped up and been more of a vocal leader on that offensive side. I definitely have [seen] and heard it too, Justin Tuck said. "We didn't necessarily need him to be vocal, but you can see now that it is kind of like a weight lifted. He loves Brandon and Brandon loves him. But you can just tell it is weight lifted where he can take on that spotlight right now."

Bradshaw's leadership has already become evident in his tutelage of rookie running back David Wilson, whom AB has repeatedly told to "hold back" in effort to avoid unnecessary leg injuries. And when questioned about this newfound leadership, #44 hasn't shied away; instead embracing the important mental aspect he will now take on with the team.

"You know what: I'm more of a leader," Bradshaw said. "Put it like that."

Love or hate Jacobs, he was a leader. And when he left for San Fran, his motivational presence left with him. Make no mistake about it, that was very important to the New York Giants, and hopefully something Bradshaw can carry over from his friend and former mentor.

So far, he's off to a good start.


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