Only a single afternoon practice today, so let's look at some of the things RB Brandon Jacobs had to say yesterday. Seems the big guy, fresh off knee surgery, is taking really limited snaps, so much so that one might think Ahmad Bradshaw has become the new No. 1.
But Jacobs said that's not the case. Just the fact that he's feeling good is reason for optimism.
"I feel better this year than I have felt since my third year in the league. I feel really good," Jacobs said. "I’ve done a couple things this offseason to prepare myself for the season, and doing certain core work and hip flexibilities. Things that I need to do. I don’t want to work on too much strength because I’m getting older and I don’t need strength. I’m getting older, and I want to keep my body durable and flexible to do this grind."
As for Bradshaw taking a lot of first-team snaps, Jacobs said, "I have no idea. I don’t know the reason, I really don’t know anything about it. I’m just out here to try and help us win. That’s about it. No matter who gets the first carry or what. I’m still there and I’m not dead, so we still have a chance to win it."
At this point, I'm wondering if some of those posters who opined it might be better to start Bradshaw and bring in Jacobs late to pound a tired defense might be right. Given how the running attack stuttered last year, it might be nice to have a quick guy like Bradshaw setting the tone, rather than vice-versa.
Judging by Jacobs' words, he might go along with that. No doubt, he and his roomie, Bradshaw, have broached the subject at night.
"No question. Every night we sit there, we play Call of Duty, and talk about us coming back and being a force that we need to be. We want to be up in the top two or three of the league, where we have always been. We built a house on the top of the hill. We need to go back and knock at that door, and New Orleans better let us in again.
"I didn’t have a good year last year. I wasn’t explosive, I was hurt and I couldn’t plant my right foot in the ground and push off. I didn’t have any strength in it at all. That whole year, I never went out and made an excuse, and I’m not doing that now. I’m just saying we had a bad season."
As for No. 1 running back, even running backs assistant Jerald Ingram cautioned not to judge anything by the practice snaps.
"Well, no one is really the starting running back," Ingram said. "We‘re not going to get hung up on who’s the starting running back. It’s who does what when that play is called.
"From that standpoint, if we want an outside play, if we want to be in third down, if we want to be in two tights, or what is the defense's game plan going to be. We’re going to put, just like you saw the New Orleans Saints a year ago, you’re going to put that guy who does what's best in that situation. We’re trying to spread it out there. Everybody understands that they have a role in the game plan and we’ll just go from there. It will be based on who we play against."
That would be fine with Jacobs.
"I just want to win," he said.