When the New York Giants decided to add veteran help in the backfield Tuesday, they opted for experience in the system over youthful upside.
Brandon Jacobs, signed Tuesday at age 31, had just five carries in two game appearances with the San Francisco 49ers last season before the team cut him in December. His last meaningful workload came with Big Blue in 2011, during a Super Bowl campaign that asked Jacobs to share the workload with Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Giants decided on Jacobs over Willis McGahee and other available backs because of his familiarity with their offense and, specifically, the pass-protection schemes, according to the source. Wilson has struggled as a blocker in the backfield, and the hope in Gotham is that Jacobs will serve as a mentor.
"He's here to contribute to our team," Coughlin said at his Wednesday press conference. "What David Wilson can learn from Brandon, fine. Brandon will do a good job in that regard. But that's not the primary reason he's here."