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Brandon Jacobs Returning To New York Giants

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Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.
Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

The New York Giants are getting back a familiar face. Brandon Jacobs is reuniting with the Giants after working out for the team earlier today. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

Jacobs was battling with Willis McGahee for a spot on the roster, and he may have ended up winning out due to his familiarity with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and the team’s playbook.

He’s likely being added onto the roster for insurance purposes, and the Giants may even decide to use him as a fullback on occasion. His days as an effective running back are over, and that much was made clear last season.

Jacobs’ lone season away from the Giants was an unmitigated disaster. He played in only two games for the San Francisco 49ers, and he compiled a measly seven rushing yards on five carries. Jacobs was also suspended for three games in December after writing on his Instagram account that he was "rotting away with the 49ers." The team then released him just before the start of the playoffs, and he’s been desperately pining to rejoin the Giants throughout the offseason.

One thing is for certain: The 31-year-old will be used sparingly on offense. He’s been on the decline for years now, and he’s just an extra body to add some depth to their backfield. Despite David Wilson’s miscues against the Dallas Cowboys, No. 22 is still the feature back in New York.