Giants running back Brandon Jacobs carries the ball in a...

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs carries the ball in a preseason game against the Ravens. (Aug. 28, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

It was probably just a matter of time before this came out.

Brandon Jacobs, clearly relegated to second-string running back behind Ahmad Bradshaw, told ESPN New York after Thursday night’s game that he is unhappy with his reduced workload. It's one of those "no kidding" things, but it's the first Jacobs has spoken publicly of it.

“It's almost hard to stay positive in a situation like this, but that's what I've got to do," Jacobs said in the report.

Jacobs also called football “a cutthroat, back-stabbing business” and said that after he received his four-year, $25 million contract last winter, there was even more scrutiny on him and his play in 2009.

"If I would have stayed making minimum, this wouldn't be a problem," Jacobs said. "Once you get paid, you're always in danger of running into problems like this. It doesn't matter who you are or what team or organization you play for, that's just the way it is."

It was about one year ago that Osi Umenyiora went off the rails and left the team for a few hours. That disruption lingered throughout the season and kept a cloud over the defense. Jacobs hasn’t left the team. In fact, when you look closely at what he said, it wasn’t necessarily inflammatory. He talked about it being "almost hard" to stay positive but that he’ll do it. He said that it is too early to ask for a trade. “There isn't anything that can be done with the season about to start, and the situation could work itself out,” the report suggests.

But this goes hand-in-hand with the air quotes Jacobs used last week when talking about the things he is asked to do on the field in games and his line about trying to make the team after the Ravens game. Clearly he is not happy.

Then again, Jacobs doesn't strike me as the kind of running back who is at his best when he's happy. An angry 27 may be a better 27.

Jacobs was on the field for only a handful of plays against the Patriots and had zero carries. He was in the middle of the botched flea-flicker (which did not appear to be his fault) and he caught a pass for six yards. Bradshaw, meanwhile, had four rushes for 26 yards and caught a pass for 17.

In four preseason games, Bradshaw has 20 carries for 75 yards. Jacobs has 10 carries for 43 yards. They each have a rushing touchdown.

Will that ratio stay in place throughout the regular season? The Giants have spoken about trying to be more like the Saints with multiple backs, maybe even more than just two. Jacobs said he has no idea how he'll be used beginning on Sept. 12.

"Nope, they don't talk to me about anything,” he said. “They do what they do.”

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