Brandon Jacobs is a New York Giant for life.
He spent the bulk of his NFL career in the Meadowlands. His 5,087 rushing yards are more than any other Giants running back not named Tiki Barber, Rodney Hampton, or Joe Morris.
Jacobs was on the roster for the Giants’ victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots both times. He knows something about playing on a Super Bowl champion.
Jacobs believes Big Blue has the personnel needed to make another Super Bowl run and clinch their third Lombardi Trophy in a decade.
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“If the offensive line can block, I’ve got the Giants in the final game,” Jacobs said in an interview with the New York Daily News at a charity golf event hosted by former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. “If the offensive line can come alive and they run the ball a little more effectively this year than they’ve done in the past, I think there should be no one out there to stop the Giants.”
Jacobs said there’s no signs of age in quarterback Eli Manning, who will turn 37 on Jan. 3. He still sees No. 10 as “an elite quarterback for the next couple of years.” He also had good things to say about wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
“I like Odell. I like his (personality) because he feels like he has something to measure up to,” he said. “He has to keep doing what he’s doing. He has to keep performing on the field to remain in the light where he is now. If you don’t perform on the field, all of the stuff you’re doing now doesn’t matter. It’s ‘what have you done for me lately’.”
Jacobs praised the receiving corps as a whole.
“You can’t be stubborn or bullheaded when you’ve got so many other players around you,” he said. “I think (Marshall) is going to destroy in the red zone. He’s going to kill there. You’ve got Odell and (wide receiver) Sterling Shepard, who I think is going to be the guy who’s stretching the field.
“I think if the Giants get to the final game, they’re gonna win, regardless of who they’re playing against.”