by Cesar Tordesillas
East Rutherford, NJ
Running back Brandon Jacobs returned to the New York Giants signing a one-year deal.
He was one of several veteran running backs who worked out for the Giants.
"Whatever role they want me to play, I'll come in and do it. I know the offense," said Jacobs.
The Giants cleared the spot Monday by placing defensive end Adewale Ojomo on waivers.
Jacobs played for the Giants from 2005-11, winning two Super Bowl rings along the way. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers but did not play well enough to keep his job there. He did not attend a team's training camp this offseason.
He is familiar with the Giants' pass-protection schemes, where David Wilson struggled last season as a rookie and again Sunday night with a two-fumble performance in their season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants believe Jacobs can help mentor Wilson in that and other areas, and possibly spell him on passing downs and maybe at the goal line.
"It's just an attention to detail with him," said Giants WR Victor Cruz of Wilson. "I mean, he's got to be able to tuck the ball under his chin."
The Giants had planned for RB Andre Brown to play a significant role but he broke his leg in the final preseason game and will miss at least the first eight games.