Giants Bench Running Back Bradshaw After His Sixth Fumble; Jacobs to Start

The New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw was replaced as the team’s starting running back by Brandon Jacobs after committing his sixth fumble this season in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jacobs will get the start over Bradshaw when the Giants host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 28, Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters today. Bradshaw, who is second in the NFC with 867 yards rushing this season, and D.J. Ware also will get playing time.

“We’d like to have Ahmad evaluate the whole situation and improve obviously in that area,” Coughlin said. “We have a couple of things that hopefully we can help with in the small amount of time that we devote to individuals at this time of year, but hopefully there is something we can do to continue to resolve that issue.”

Bradshaw said he wasn’t surprised at Coughlin’s decision and that he wants to do “whatever is good for the team.”

“All I can do is listen to those guys, take everything in, the coaching in, as much as I can,” he told reporters. “My fumbles happen on the extra effort. All I can do is play my game, and it all comes natural. All I can really do is get what I can get and go down.”

Bradshaw’s most recent fumble came while trying to fight off a tackle and gain extra yardage in the Giants’ 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 21 that dropped New York (6-4) out of first place in the National Football Conference’s East Division. The Eagles are 7-3.

“I see people that aren’t even worried about tackling, they just go try to grab the ball,” Coughlin said. “I think there’s a spot there where the absolute most secure position, no matter if you’re striving for extra yards or what, has to be the number one priority.”

Bradshaw leads all National Football League running backs with six fumbles and five lost fumbles on 185 carries this season. He had three fumbles in 253 career rushes over the three previous seasons.

While both players have five rushing touchdowns, Jacobs has gained 387 yards on 78 carries, fumbling once.

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