After the Giants-Lions preseason game, I had the chance to talk with Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, who had no yards on his first carry, and 27 yards on his second in one series of work.
In person, Jacobs is a walking brick wall. Linebackers aren't as huge as him. But because he's so big, he gets hurt a lot. As Giants GM Jerry Reese told me, "(Jacobs) takes a lot of shots because he's got a lot of mass to hit."
Anyway, it's nothing earth-shattering, but here's our conversation.
First and foremost, how is your body doing?
Jacobs: "I feel pretty good. I didn't play that much or get hit that much. I just had the chance to get out and run in the open field. I got to see what I was working with. Everything will be fine. I think we'll come together as a unit, work in all this stuff and we're going to figure out what kind of a team we are."
What are your expectations for work during the regular season?
Jacobs: "I have no idea, and it doesn't even matter. Just as long as every time I'm out there, I'm productive."
Is the contract in the back of your mind at all?
Jacobs: "No, I'm done with that. There's nothing I can do about that situation, so I'm just going to go out there and compete."
So it's easier to just forget about it rather than try to resolve the problem quickly?
Jacobs: "Well when you're talking about money like that, it's never easy to forget about it. But I won't let it interrupt my performance."
During the game, I saw that you lined up wide and ran a short in pattern. Eli Manning had you in his sights but the ball got tipped. Is this something new for you this season?
Jacobs: "No, I do it. I like it because it's just another way to get out there and make a play. I know I can catch just as well as I run."
What's your assessment of the Lions defense?
Jacobs: "I think they're going to be pretty solid. They were missing a few people, but they have a lot of speed over there. It's a preseason game, you can't really find out what's going on, but I think they'll be pretty good."
Finally, what are your goals for the upcoming season?
Jacobs: "I've got some, but I'm keeping them to myself. They're big. Real big."