The latest star in the New York Giants running game is Andre Brown. After breaking his leg in the preseason, Brown came off of injured reserve last week to lead New York with 30 carries and 115 yards. Backup Peyton Hillis has performed pretty well himself for a guy coming in off the street, but fumble issues have held him out of head coach Tom Couglin’s favor.
Enter 31-year-old veteran Brandon Jacobs, who returned to the Giants this season because of injuries to Brown and David Wilson. Jacobs incredibly rushed for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns back in Week 6, but knee and hamstring issues have held him off the field since then.
This week, however, Jacobs plans to return to the field and contribute to New York’s resurgent rushing attack.
“I’ve had it basically the whole season,” Jacobs said of his knee injury, “When I hurt the hamstring, I stopped giving it the attention that it needed, but then that’s what happened, which is why when I was dealing with the hamstring I was like wait, my knee is puffing up. But I’m back to managing it and doing what I’ve got to do every day, so it’s going to be fine.”
The Giants were fine without Jacobs last week thanks to Brown, but it’s unlikely that the team wants to keep giving so many carries to a back that has been injured often. Using Jacobs to spell Brown is a good way to keep both players healthy.
“Andre is my guy,” said Jacobs about his relationship with Brown, “As long as I’ve been around here with Andre, I’ve never had an opportunity to play with him and I’m happy if I have an opportunity to play with him and I was happy knowing everything he’s been through throughout his whole career to come in.”
Brown has dealt with many injuries in his career since being draft the Giants in the 4th round of the 2009 draft. He bounced around between several teams from 2010 to 2011 before finally sticking with the Giants last year. After being featured as a change-of-pace back behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012, Brown appears to be ready to carry the load for the remainder of the 2013 season.
“He went around the league on tour,” said Jacobs, “He came back and he’s been strong. He had a couple of leg injuries. So I’m happy for [Andre] and obviously he had one hell of a game and I was happy for him to get in there and get that first touchdown, which was a big deal. I was really, really happy and excited for his performance.”