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Replacing Brandon Jacobs crucial for New York Giants


"NFL Total Access" continues with its "32 teams in 32 days" series. We decided to score some brownie points by writing an accompanying post each night. We'll focus on one goal that each team needs to accomplish before Week 1. Next up: the New York Giants.

The Giants must learn what they have behind Ahmad Bradshaw

When Brandon Jacobs boxed up his collection of race cars and headed for the Bay Area, it was generally believed to be best for all parties involved.

Jacobs -- despite playing a key role on two Super Bowl champions -- seemed to have reached his expiration date with Big Blue, and you couldn't blame him, at age 30, for chasing that last contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Ahmad Bradshaw is again slated to handle the bulk of the carries for New York, but the team will have to find a suitable replacement for Jacobs, who had 40 percent of the team's touches at running back in 2011.

In an ideal world, first-round pick David Wilson acclimates to the pro game quickly and makes an impact. If Wilson isn't ready, veterans D.J. Ware and Andre Brown are two other options.

Bradshaw's health looms over everything. He has chronic foot issues and is coming off surgery in the offseason in which he had bone marrow taken from his hip and injected into his right foot. We don't have to tell you these are not the types of procedures you want associated with your starting tailback.

Bradshaw is on track to take part in training camp, but the Giants must decide if they have enough cover at the position in the event their workhorse back is unable to stay on the field.


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