Brandon Jacobs is a fan of the Atlanta Braves, but as he makes a transition to a new team, hes not overlooking any detail. Even one as seemingly unimportant as a baseball hat.
I try to fit in with everybody else in the area, said Jacobs, sporting a grey Giants cap. Everywhere you look youve got San Francisco hats all over the place.
As far as learning a newand rather largeplaybook, Jacobs is relying on his coaches, teammate Frank Gore, and patience.
Im getting more and more comfortable every day, Jacobs said. Im leaving the nervous factor and getting into the fun factor. Im just going out, Im working hard, doing whatever they ask me to do. Play ball basically. I wanna get to a point where Im not thinking and Im just playing.
Since joining the 49ers, Jacobs is doing a lot of things differently. Hes lifting weights harder than he ever has before, and he said his goal is to get under 260 pounds for the first time in his NFL career.
I think I can move faster, I can hit the whole harder and I could deliver a little bit more of a punch if Im lighter, said Jacobs. Versus being heavy and letting the defenders get on me versus me getting on them.
Im training (here) probably 10-times harder than what Ive ever trained. (Im) trying to get my body back like it used to be, strengthen my legs, because I think that was the weak point in me the last couple of years, my legs werent as strong and my balance wasnt as good as it needed to be.
At 6-feet, 4-inches, Jacobs is by far the largest running back in the NFL. Getting him to where he needs to be is in the 49ers best interest as well.