The 49ers haven’t seen any return on their investment in running back Brandon Jacobs through the first four weeks of the regular season, but the voluble former Giant says that is about to end.
Jacobs, who has been battling a knee injury since preseason, was able to return to practice on a limited basis while the team was in Youngstown, Ohio last week and told Alex Espinoza of the team’s website that he’s feeling the best he’s felt all season.
“I’m ready to play. It’s nothing now, it’s all gone now,” Jacobs said. “There’s a little kinks I’ve got to run out but I feel good. I feel good about my explosiveness, I’ve got fresh legs.”
If Jacobs is able to come back at full speed, it will just be a case of the rich getting richer for the Niners. They are coming off a game that saw them rush for 245 yards, which may be an outlier but it the Niners have shown the ability to run the ball against opponents who aren’t the Jets as well.
Jacobs was playing a short yardage role for the team in preseason, something he didn’t always do all that well with the Giants, but that would appear to be his route back into the offensive mix once the team agrees that he’s ready to play.