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Jacobs Playing Underdog Card:

bjFrom Matt Mosley of ESPN:

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs reported for duty Sunday, and he said he’s enjoyed listening to all the doubters. I’m not really one of those doubters, but I guess those folks are out there. Here’s what he had to say about the Giants’ mindset heading into this camp, which could be the last one in Albany.

“I like that people are counting us out again this year — because we don’t have Plaxico [Burress]. They’re saying that the young receivers can’t pan out and our veteran receivers can’t get it done. Plax was a special talent and it’s hard to find someone like him, but we have a lot of guys here that can play and do well enough to get the job done.”

Unless you’re counting David Tyree or Steve Smith, the Giants don’t really have any veteran receivers of consequence. Domenik Hixon’s been in the league for a little bit, but he’s still pretty raw. But anyway, it looks like the Giants will have a chip on their shoulder in ’09 — and that’s a good thing for them. Here’s what Jacobs said about the disappointment from last season.

“We come in here this year a team that should have been Super Bowl champions that didn’t get it done and we are a bit angrier than we were last year. We’ve got a tough job ahead of us and a tough 16 games that we’ve got to get through. Hopefully things pan out for us.”

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