With conflicting reports regarding the potential availability of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, a chance remains that Bradshaw won’t be able to play when the Giants face the Patriots on Sunday.
If Bradshaw can’t play, or if he’s in any way limited, perpetual malcontent Brandon Jacobs could get a chance to carry the load.
“What would be better than the opportunity he’s going to get now?” Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “He’s been clamoring for a chance.
“This is an opportunity. You want to show what you can do. I’m looking forward to seeing the way he plays. I think he’s going to respond very well. I’m excited about seeing him play.”
Regardless of what Jacobs does on Sunday, it’s highly unlikely that Jacobs, 29, will be back with the team in 2012. As Vacchiano points out, Jacobs is due to receive a $500,000 roster bonus in March and a $4.4 million base salary next season. Unless he takes a big pay cut to stay, he’ll take a 100 percent pay reduction and go.
So will Jacobs bring it on Sunday? “I go by what I see, not the conversation,” Gilbride said. “But I think during the past he’s been a physical guy. He’s been a physical blocker. He needs to do that Sunday or we’re not going to have much of a chance. I think he will.”
Many think he won’t. And that he’ll then finding someone to blame for it other than himself.