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Former New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs Runs an Unofficial 4.40 40-Yard Dash: Video

June 20th, 2013 at 8:16 AM
By Dan Benton

Former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs remains a free agent, and with a return to the team unlikely, he's been resigned to finding work elsewhere. Unfortunately, with little interest, the word "retirement" has come up a time or two. However, despite the situation in which he finds himself, Jacobs has continued to workout, stay in shape and keep himself prepared in the event a team calls. He's even run a few 40's — one of which was filmed and put on YouTube.

Warning: The video contains language that is not safe for work.

"I just did that for fun wasn't really trying to prove anything," Jacobs tweeted in response to a fan after the video was posted.

At the 2009 NFL Combine, Jacobs ran between a 4.67 – 4.61 40-yard dash, but has been clocked as high as 4.51. A 4.40 40-yard dash would be, by far, his best recorded run ever. However, given the situation and the inexact method by which they timed his run, it's unlikely that it would have been an official 4.4 40.

Still, there's no denying that the monstrous back is in great shape and has incredible speed for his size. Even adding a quarter of a second to his run would put Jacobs in an elite size/speed category. And so long as his knees are healthy, it would be hard to image all 32 NFL teams passing on him as we entertain training camp and, subsequently, the preseason.

Although this video was merely done for fun, it might be exactly what B-Jac needs to reenter the minds of NFL GM's as they will undoubtedly look to fill spots with quality veterans as early injuries mount.

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17 Responses to “Former New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs Runs an Unofficial 4.40 40-Yard Dash: Video”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    I wish BJ well, but that video proves nothing. The whole thing with him is the degree of acceleration in the first 2-3 strides, and getting less upright, and that’s where he declined a bit. I hope someone pays him, but now that the Giants have Brown and Cox, it will certainly not be Big Blue that does it.

    Two other notes.

    Really sorry to hear about Dave Jennings. He was a terrific punter, a fine announcer, and a good guy. He died way too young.

    And on a FAR better note, somehow it slipped my attention that kujo got married. Congrats to him. Perhaps his spouse will make him a “more refined” and polished person. Those women have a tendency to civilize us (although in his case that is quite a task).

  2.  Dan Peterson says:

    I’ve never understood the “official” method of timekeeping. Obviously, this video isn’t pro or anything, but at the combine they use the hand-held method for their “official” times while the computer timed runs are “unofficial” – even though the electronic ones are more accurate.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Accorsi’s comment that Eli Manning = Derek Jeter is pretty reasonable.

    I think it helps both that they are great athletes who grew up in very stable families and learned early that a combination of perspective and humility paired with a drive to excel and win is a pretty good place to be.

    As fans we should remember two things about Eli. First, he won’t be around forever so should be greatly appreciated while he’s here. Second, he should be able to continue to improve for a few more seasons before his physical decline starts to more than offset the combination of savvy and judgment that comes with experience. Even then, Eli’s “decline” will look a lot better than most quarterbacks’ ascendance.

    My guess is that the next 2-3 years will be quite a show put on for us by Eli Manning, A Quarterback in Full. His continuing drive combined with what looks to me like an emerging elite offense should allow him to put on display all of his best stuff. Should be fun.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      I think it’s way off base.

      EVERYONE in baseball and who likes baseball LOVES Derek Jeter. Even Red Sox fans will tell you how great of a player he is.

      As much as I respect Eli as an Athlete and a person, he’s not even on the same level as Jeter when it comes to on the field and off the field accomplishments. And that’s not a knock on Eli. Jeter is one of the greats to EVER play the game.

      Eli has too many question marks year after year not by Giant fans, but by fans of other teams as well as the pro analysts. I have NEVER EVER HEARD of anyone slamming Jeter for anything.

      He’s not even close to being Jeter status, Not even here in NY. Sorry FF55.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Umm, I adore Derek Jeter, but “one of the greats to ever play the game”? That’s stretching it more than a bit. He’s not even among the greatest Yankees if you want to restrict that number to five. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, and Rivera are better, and Berra and Dickey and Ford may be too (although I’d put Derek in the latter three’s company).

        And “everyone loves Jeter”? Then why was he ranked by his fellow players a few years ago as “the most overrated player in baseball”? That’s absurd jealousy but clear evidence that not everyone “loves” him.

        I’ll stick with what I said. They’re pretty similar in a lot of ways. Both will retire having great respect and having been given credit as champions and leaders of their teams. Both will be considered great players. History will treat both quite kindly. And the Giants’ fans who question Eli (including the many, I suspect you among them, who thought he was a bum early in his career) will at some point realize that without his cool leadership and incredible ability to deliver under extreme pressure there would have been no championships, and that his makeup was the only kind that could have managed the New York spotlight that often falls unfairly on its athletes and celebrities.

        •  Levito says:

          Jeter’s not in the top 5 Yankees (in your list), but the Yankees are the most storied franchise in the history of sports. As much as I love Eli, Eli’s not a hands down first-ballot hall of famer. Jeter is.

          And BigBlueGiant, everyone loves Jeter, seriously? No, he’s hated. A lot. But most players will admit he’s a heck of a player and they wish he was on their team for the past 19 years. But he’s certainly not the most beloved player in the league.

          •  fanfor55years says:

            I believe Eli WILL be a first-ballot HOFer, but that’s because I think he’ll win at least one more championship, and hopefully more. (Hell, he should get in on the first ballot just for making the greatest “escape” in Super Bowl history and the greatest throw in Super Bowl history).

            I’m a crazy Yankees fan and a huge admirer of Derek Jeter, and of course he’s a first-ballot HOFer (as he deserves) and the Yankees are the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports (the John Wooden UCLA teams are their only rough equal), but I still agree with Accorsi: Eli is getting into the “Jeter category”. Great player. Great leader. Calm presence on the field and in the clubhouse. Plays hurt. Ironmen. Smart as hell. Constantly working to improve even after reaching the mountain top. And perhaps most important, seemingly best in the big moments.

            •  Levito says:

              “getting into the Jeter category” is a more fair comparison than saying he’s already in there.”

              If Eli wins another SB, it’ll be hard to keep him out of the HOF. But I think it would have to be 2 more to get a first ballot induction. Keep in mind, he’s got a lot of haters, he hasn’t done anything overly impressive in the regular season as far as passing titles, pro bowls, mvp’s etc, and that’s often a big factor in the voting process.

              Also, first balot will depend on who else is in his class. Strahan is one of the most beloved Giants ever, well respected around the league, and a dominant force his entire career, and he didn’t get in on his first opportunity.

  4.  Krow says:

    Then he jumped over the moon … after which he ate 100 hotdogs with one hand while solving a Rubik’s cube with the other. None of that will end his chicken stepping at the line of scrimmage.

  5.  Krow says:

    The thing about Jacobs is that he seemed to have lost that feel for getting the most out of a run. If there’s no opening then a smart back … especially one his size … lowers his shoulder and picks up 2 yards. Instead he started dancing, looking for a crease … and then ended up with a no gainer. That killed his per carry average, and made him into just another guy … and not the battering ram he was in his prime.

    On the plus side, his blitz pickup was always exceptional … and his spark always appreciated. But I’m afraid he’s done. Hope he retires well and has a good life.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Frankly, I think the combination of the Giants’ coaching and his understandable instinct for self-preservation is what killed him.

      Gerald Ingram spent a lot of time a few years ago drumming into Jacobs’ and Bradshaw’s heads that they had to be setting up their blocks and watching the defense beyond the initial hole in order to make noise at the second level of the defense. That is not horrid coaching, but in the case of a guy like BJ it was terrible advice and, I think, made him hesitant as he tried to read the defense instead of just battering it into submission. He lost the ability to intimidate once he started thinking, and dancing in order to better set up those blocks and position himself better for when he would get to that second line of defense. Earlier he just exploded into the line and hit anything in his way (and eventually made that second line of defense start arm tackling out of a desire to avoid the punishment Jacobs was dishing out). He was far more effective as an intimidator than as a more cerebral runner.

      In addition, BJ was smart enough to know that he was unlikely to make it to another few contracts if he kept running with pure abandon and simply punishing tacklers (while accepting plenty of punishment himself). He eased up and tried to make up for it with those reads, and “patience”. Frankly, that wasn’t his game and never would be.

      I love the guy and his passion. I don’t blame him for wanting to back off a bit on his running style, but he was wrong to assume that he could be what he wasn’t: a slasher who could cut back against the grain and get some long runs out of good reads. He was a classic power back, perhaps the best of them since the days of Larry Czonka and Marion Motley. Once he wasn’t that he was done. But I hope someone signs him and he can make a few more dollars. He didn’t gain financial security in his time with the Giants and the Niners. I hope he can accumulate a little more.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    We all have a tendency to re-write history after the fact.
    Jacobs was never a good running back.
    He was a novelty act.
    When he was the change of pace to Tiki he had success finishing off with TDs what Tiki otherwise produced the rest of the time
    In ’07 he got injured in the first game of the season leaving most of the work to Derek Ward until he too got injured against Chicago, and then he again got hurt and yielded to Bradshaw against Buffalo, and it was Bradshaw who provided the most effective running throughout the playoffs
    ’08 was really the only good year Jacobs ever had and even then he was always a horrible short yardage back, incredibly easy to tackle so long as you hit him low, a back with pretty poor vision, little ability to change direction, and hands of stone. That was the theme in ’09-’11.
    Mostly, BJ was just incredibly big for the position he was playing.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      A Career rushing average that I’ll bet was at least 4.5 YPC and a number of years when it was over 5 YPC, and a history of softening up the defense for the next back in, says you’re wrong.

      He was a very good power back who punished opponents, forced safeties up into the box and thereby helped make the play action work, and scored plenty of important touchdowns for the Giants. He also carried his emotions on his sleeve and became a very big contributor to team toughness, which was much needed.

      You seriously underestimate his contributions to this team.

      •  norm says:

        I’d also add that he had the ability to make one impact play that could set the tone for an entire game.

        When he trucked Charles Woodson early on in the 2007 NFCC game it not only sent a message that the Giants meany business, it also messed up the head of one of the Pack’s best defenders. It could be argued that that play more or less removed Woodson from the game, thereby opening up a huge opportunity for the Giants passing game that Eli and Plax went on to took full advantage of.

        While I certainly agree with Jim that there were weaknesses to Jacobs’ game (not the least of which was his frustrating inability to pick up critical yardage on third and inches) that should in no way obscure the significance of what he brought to the table – much of which can not be captured in a box score.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Eli isn’t on Jeter’s status level. He’s getting there among hardcore Giant fans but not even close nationally. It’s not about accomplishment nor about his actually play. Eli has a negative perception about him that he’s still trying to dispel, he has for the most part but Jeter never had that about him. In some ways Eli is like Lebron and he’s fighting perception even if most of it has been proven untrue, it’s still something people believe. He’s the type that might get his Jeter level respect in his final few seasons and people start to reflect on his career.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Jacobs was reported to be a 4.3 guy coming form Juco when he signed with Auburn. I remember reading about him and it was the rich getting rich because they already had Cadillac and Ronnie Brown. Now we know 40 times are over blown but Jacobs was always fast once he got going. His issue is his 0-10 yard split is not good.

    I do disagree that Jacobs wasn’t a good back. He always had his flaws but he was very productive because we used his strengths. Most RB have flaws like Bradshaw’s vision and lack of speed. But Jacobs did what was needed.

    Still I think Jacobs career is likely over because he’s a big back who’s not good in short yardage. And now not good enough to play over other RBs on early downs. He is a good pass blocker but I don’t think that’s good enough for him to be on a roster. But if injury strike a team maybe even us he will get a look.

  9.  giantsou812 says:

    thats what the cops timed him after he stole an old ladies purse.

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