Brandon Jacobs hasn’t played an NFL game since 2013, but the former Giants running back thinks he can make an NFL comeback.
And it appears that Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL is his main source of inspiration.
Jacobs tweeted on Thursday that he is “really serious” about a comeback attempt. In his mind, if Tebow can do it at tight end with the Jaguars, he can find success in a new role on the defensive line as well.
During his time in the NFL, Jacobs carried 264 pounds on his 6-4 frame and was a big-time bruiser at the running back spot. His size about lines up with the typical NFL defensive end. He would be in the 66th percentile in terms of height and in the 53rd percentile at the position, according to the Relative Athletic Score metric. So, he would likely just need to add a few pounds to get into the 270 range to find success.
Of course, Jacobs’ size alone wouldn’t be enough for him to get back into the league. He’s 38 years old, so he would have to prove that he still has the athletic ability needed to succeed in the NFL. He may have fresh legs after eight years out of the league, but that alone won’t be enough for him to earn a shot at a new position.
But as Jacobs pointed out, if Tebow can do it after playing baseball for five years, he could have a shot to do it as well.
Will any team sign Jacobs? Probably not. Maybe he still has something left in the tank, but at 39 in July, teams simply won’t be willing to give him a chance, especially at a new position.
Tebow may be serving as an inspiration for these former players to get back on the field, but it’s also important to remember that Urban Meyer is one of the only reasons he returned to the game, along with his marketability in Jacksonville.
Jacobs doesn’t have either of those things, so returning to the field would be complicated, to say the least.
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