Brandon Jacobs, The Next Great New Orleans Saints Running Back

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I think at some point this off-season the Giants and Jacobs will agree to part ways and once Jacobs is turned loose the Saints need bring him in and show Jacobs that they have a system in place where he will get plenty of carries in their two back system. The Saints have running back issues themselves, with an increasing likelihood Pierre Thomas will test the free agent market.

Right now all signs point to New York choosing Bradshaw over Jacobs, and he wants to play not sit on the bench. The Saints know that talented running backs can always be found in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft, and 2011 should be no different.

Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech, Illinois’s Mikel Leshoure, and UConn’s Jordan Todman are all solid mid-round prospects that would fit well with the Saint and all are within reach with the 24th pick in the draft.

But if the Saints can sign a running back like Brandon Jacobs to team up with Chris Ivory (whom Saints coach Sean Payton loves), they will be able to concentrate their attention on getting a defensive end like Ray Edwards or a linebacker. It’s a shame that the Vikings tagged linebacker Chad Greenway, he would have been a great fit in Gregg Williams defensive scheme.

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  • Leonard Anderson

    If we could sign him to maybe a two year deal then I’d say go for it. Signing Ray Edwards would relieve some of the stress that our defense will be under from the 4 game suspension that looms over Will Smith. After many hours pouring over Mock drafts this past month, I have no clue as to who we will draft in the first round. BPA is how I think we’ll Draft. Defensive tackle, DE or maybe a running back like Mikel Lashoure from Illinois.

    • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

      I agree because all of those positions you mentioned are needs for the Saints, But i really think the Saints should trade their first & third picks to move up in the draft and get Defensive end Robert Quinn out of North Carolina, that guy is a beast who plays like Ndamukong Suh in detroit, who causes all kinds of havoc in the oppositions back field finishing his rookie year with 10 sacks, thats what the Saints need. Thanks for the comment Leonard

    • Keith Null

      Here is the hook in all of this…if the Saints are able to snag Edwards in free agency then the draft may play out much differently. His addition would help eleviate the stree of the Saints takign a d-lineman and allow more flexibility to pick the best player availilble. If you recall the Saints signed three defensive tackles earlier this off-season inking Tom Johnson, Swanson Miller and Mitch King to contracts indicating the draft is not where they wanted to targer defensive tackles. Alos there is still a chance the team could free agent Shaun Rogers.

  • http://uscommonsense.net/blog/ U.S. Common Sense

    The first reason I can think of why this WON’T happen is because of the injuries that have plagued Jacobs over the past two years. Would the Saint’s invest the money/pick(s) necessary to take an ox like Jacobs away from the Giants, especially when he has probably only 3 functional years left in him? Being a straight North-and-South power rusher puts tremendous strain on the body, especially on someone know to plow through two or three people straight on with each snap.

    • Keith Null

      Jacobs is a bull dozer for sure but a prodcutive one, so the Saints likely wouldn’t mind landing the big man. Running back is a physical position and injuries go along with that, which has ushered in the era of multiple back systems. The Saints obviously would take caution with Jacobs by implementing a three headed rushing attack to limit his carries to a reasonable amount.

      • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

        Right on the spot with that comment Keith, Jacobs will be sharing the backfield and carries as well.But as far as jacobs being injury prone, he has only missed 10 games since being drafted in 2005 while playing in 86.

  • mike

    LOL. Take him! me thinks you only watched a few Giants games. I watched ALL of them. So, take him. Please!

    • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

      The Giants didn’t think the same as you Mike in 09 when they signed Jacobs to a 4 year 25 million dollar contrat. But with the emergence of Bradshaw, Jacobs started getting less carries and some animosity grew between them and it spilled over in 2010. Sometimes a player just needs a new beginning, but his numbers don’t lie, Jacobs rushed 147 times last year for 823 yards and 9 touchdowns and only 2 fumbles in 2010. Bradshaws numbers last year were better 276 carries for 1235 yards 8 touchdowns with 7 fumbles, but he had almost twice as many carries, more fumbles and gained only 412 yards more than Jacobs. I do think the Giant will resign Bradshaw and release Jacobs once the new CBA is in place. With that said i think the Saints will be able to pick him up cheap and not have to pay anything to the Giants in return