At this time of year it’s always fun to take a look at possible trade scenarios, despite the fact that Green Bay’s general manager Ted Thompson rarely pulls the trigger on big name players (ok, he did get Charles Woodson).
So, let’s have som fun …
Let’s consider New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. We all know what type of running back he is … Jacobs will surely run over a tackler as go around them … Charles Woodson remembers well the collision he had with Jacobs in the 2007 championship game.
But would Jacobs fit into the rotation in Green Bay?
I think he would.
With the uncertainty of Ryan Grant’s return, the impending departure of Brandon Jackson and the immaturity of James Starks, bringing in a bruising back like Jacobs might be a good move for the Packers and give the team the depth they will need to have a strong running game.
Though the team isn’t quite sure what they have in Dmitri Nance and rookie Alex Green, the lockout puts these young backs at a disadvantage because loss of OTAs and lack of facetime with the coaching staff.
So, what would Jacobs bring to the Packers in addition to his attitude?
First off, he is 30 years old … That’s a ripe old age for an NFL back, especially someone who plays as physically as Jacobs.
As for the attitude, that can be a double-edged sword. In a place like New York, it’s deemed a negative, but in a place like Green Bay coaches could focus it into a positive. Players like Andre Rison have found success in Green Bay because they were able to focus on football without the distractions.
Jacobs would also bring his 4,276 yards and 4.6 yard per carry career average to the Packers. How easy would it make Aaron Rodgers’ job if he continually faced third and one or two instead of third and five?
Jacobs has fallen out of favor in New York and is most likely looking for a fresh start. Last year, he started just five games and got only 147 carries. What’s impressive about his stats last year is that he racked up 823 yards.
Though Jacobs has not been a huge threat in catching the ball out of the backfield, he has been able to do so when his number was called.
For instance, though he only caught seven balls for 59 yards last year, he did catch 18 for 184 yards, a 10.2 yard average the year before.
Jacobs would be an interesting addition to the world champions, giving the Packers the experience and depth they need at a position that was woefully inadequate last season.
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