Giants To Work Out Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee
By Allen Kim
The New York Giants are getting antsy after David Wilson’s disastrous debut as the full-time starter at running back. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the Giants are bringing in former RB Brandon Jacobs in on Tuesday for a workout, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that Willis McGahee will be joining him.
Jacobs, 31, couldn’t find any success in San Francisco after signing with the 49ers. He hasn’t been shy about his desire to return to the Giants, and he may finally get his wish. There’s not much left in the tank for Jacobs, but he can perhaps be useful in pass protection and short-yardage situations.
McGahee, also 31, has been stuck in free agent purgatory. A broken leg and torn MCL ended his season in Denver early last year, and teams appear to have been reticent about signing him throughout the offseason. If he’s fully recovered from his leg injury, he’s probably the most productive veteran option for the team.
While Wilson is expected to have a role on offense moving forward, how involved he’ll be is still in question. He’s too talented for the Giants to leave on the sidelines, but he’ll still have to fight his way out of Coughlin’s doghouse.
“They’re not going to play unless they can hang on to the ball,” coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. “It’s demoralizing to the whole team.”
Coughlin has little tolerance for careless mistakes, but he simply doesn’t have many options available at this point. A reliable veteran that can block for Eli Manning, protect the ball and grind out yards is all that they need.
“It was a tough situation to be in,” said Wilson. “God never gives you more than you can handle. Everything happened for a reason. He can bring me through it. I just have to keep working hard. I’m at the bottom now. There’s nowhere to go but up.”