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Will Brandon Jacobs be a distraction?

If Tom Coughlin thought Brandon Jacobs would embrace being Ahmad Bradshaw's backup at running back, he was probably being a bit naive. And sure enough, Jacobs has been all over the map with his emotions the past six days. First, he told ESPNNewYork.com that the NFL was a "backstabbing" business following last Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots. Those comments earned him a little visit with Coughlin.

On Monday, Jacobs told the Star-Ledger that he was "happy" and ready for the season to begin. But two days later, he stormed out of the locker room after asking a reporter if he thought he was "stupid." It sounds like Jacobs is letting his pride get the best of him.

Going back to '07, he was the battering ram that gave this offense its identity. But last season Jacobs appeared to be tentative at the line of scrimmage and the Giants were forced to rely almost solely on Eli Manning and the passing game. Bradshaw's obviously the best back on the team at this point, and Jacobs sees the writing on the wall. Coughlin wants us to think the word "starter" doesn't really carry much meaning, but players such as Osi Umenyiora have a tough time embracing that concept.

Even in the best of times, Jacobs could be a brooding player in the locker room at times. Now he's about to start a season as the complementary back to Bradshaw. Will he be a distraction for the Giants? Only time will tell.