Brandon Jacobs is a big man. This is the trait that has defined him since he came into the NFL in 2005. But the new San Francisco 49ers running back is aiming to be not so large by Week 1.
Jacobs told reporters Tuesday that his goal is to play at his college weight of 255 pounds. He's about 10 pounds away from the number, and he plans to reach it with proper dieting.
Since this is a story about Brandon Jacobs, there has to be at least one shake-your-head moment. He told reporters he's training "10 times" more on his legs than in recent seasons with the New York Giants. He then told a story about ballooning to the 285-pound range after the Giants won Super Bowl XLI in 2008.
"We just relaxed, ate, took trips, had fun," Jacobs recalled, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "My body wasn't meant to be that big. But I still looked good."
"My legs weren't as strong, my balance wasn't as good as it needed to be," Jacobs said. "I want to play down in the (250s) for basically the first time in my career. I don't think it's far fetched."
Jacobs' play fell off last season in New York, so the soon-to-be 30-year-old is wise to change up his routine in San Francisco. Pairing a revitalized Jacobs with Frank Gore could be big trouble -- no pun intended -- for the opposition on Sundays.