It was announced earlier Wednesday afternoon that former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers and joined their team.
Jacobs was released by the Giants earlier in the month.
Jacobs spent his entire career with the Giants debuting in 2005. He was a fan favorite for years and known as one of the biggest running backs in the league. His best seasons were in 2007 and 2008 when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each.
As the years had gone by Jacobs had to deal with injuries that have set him back. Last season he was a second string running back behind Ahmad Bradshaw which did not make him a happy camper. In 2011 he rushed for only 571 yards, but was able to score seven touchdowns; one shy of new teammate Frank Gore, who Jacobs will be second string to.
Chemistry is going to be the biggest impact for Jacobs and the 49ers. As Jacobs was regressing during his years with the Giants, his chemistry went in a new, and not so great direction. Having a verteran on the team will be great if Gore winds up injured, but if Jacobs cannot cooperate then Jim Harbaugh will have a problem on his hands.
Jacobs needs to approach this with a new outlook on his role on a new team. If he does then he will succeed. His size can make him unstoppable for defenders, to the point where he’s dragging players who are trying to tackle him. If he goes in with the right mind, then it will be a good signing.
If he goes in with the same attitude he had in New York, then he won’t see much playing time.
Jacobs felt he was mistreated by New York with the rise of Bradshaw. I wish him well, but I hope he’s not going to the 49ers expecting to start.