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Coughlin: More Balls for Jacobs!

At the end of last season, it was Giants’ running back Brandon Jacobs who wanted the ball more. This season, it’s head coach Tom Coughlin who wants to feed Jacobs the ball more. However, the end result was the same. Not enough carries for the big man. Jacobs began the season as the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw but ended up the season as the starter. Coughlin believes Jacobs’ has “a lot left in the tank.”

Coughlin on Jacobs: “Yeah, he does need to carry the ball a little bit more,” “You look at the end of the year numbers, you’d want him to have a few more carries.”

One’s next question would be why did Bradshaw carry the ball almost twice as much as Jacobs did?

“There was no cut and dried circumstance that would indicate (why),” Coughlin said. “I just said from looking at it as you look at everything at the end of the year, Brandon was fresher than he’s ever been, healthier than he’s ever been and probably needs to carry the ball a little bit more.” Coughlin answered. Good enough for me.

If Jacobs is back, which is possible, but could be tough to do with his large contract and Bradshaw’s potentially large contract, I’d like to see him get more touches. His status – and Bradshaw’s – status depends on the new CBA.

Injury Updates:

Mathias Kiwanuka: Good news for the injury update on Kiwi. Coughlin said he “seems to be doing pretty well” and was able to avoid surgery on the herniated disc in his neck. “I don’t think the final hurdle has been overcome but the arrow is in the right direction, it’s been positive.” That’s good news for his contract status, too. The Giants’ will likely end up giving him a one-year deal anyway, so he can re-establish his value, but the quicker he can return to and be ready for the new season, could very well help is status contract wise.

Steve Smith: Coughlin also spoke on the status of Steve Smith, too, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee. Coughlin says is “making progress, but I haven’t seen Steve,” Just on one occasion, and it was very early on. From what I understand from a medical standpoint, it would be late spring or whatever before we would have a chance to know where we stand.”

Rich Seubert: He’s “making good progress,” according to Coughlin. “It’s a very serious injury. If there is anybody who can overcome, it is going to be that guy. He is one tough guy.”

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Giants G.M. Jerry Resse will speak with the media tomorrow morning. We will keep you posted as to what he say’s.

I will also be covering the combine for GiantsGab. Expect constant updates on player’s who the Giants will look at, who improved their status and whose stock has fallen as well. For instant, and constant updates, you can follow me on Twitter @Giants1111


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One Response to “Coughlin: More Balls for Jacobs!”

  1. plektor says:

    Well he was the starter but Bradshaw got more carries in the final 6 games of the season (91 vs 69).
    One guy is fumbling, the other one is fresh yet who’s gonna get more balls ?

    Coaching, coaching, coaching … our weakness, and it doesn’t look like much’s gonna change this offseason.

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