After the New York Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs, it added to the conversion on whom the Bengals should sign (or draft) at running back, helping fill roles within the believed committee that the team is implementing in 2012. Bernard Scott will be your de facto speed back, changing the pace and other clutch words we use for smaller running backs with a hint of elusiveness. The other running back(s) are rather unknown right now and the team could dig into the free agency well or the NFL draft to fill that position.
Is Brandon Jacobs a consideration?
Matt Bowen with National Football Post argues that there is some value left with Jacobs, but not much.
With the former Giants' RB, you have to focus on the downhill power game (Lead Open, Power O, Counter OF) and the inside zone out of one-back alignments. I still see a player that can move the sticks, use his vision to find cut back lanes and break tackles at the second level of the defense.
And from the perspective of any safety that wants to fill the hole or attack the line of scrimmage from a Cover 2 alignment, you better lower your pad level on contact vs. Jacobs. Size and power once he gets vertical up the field.
However, any offer that is given to Jacobs has to reflect his true value. He can’t be paid like a No. 1 and his ideal fit will be in a scheme that utilizes his skill set in certain game situations (short yardage, red zone, 4-minute).
Personally we're not sure if Jacobs is any upgrade over a guy like Cedric Benson and honestly, we're not into signing aging running backs that are obviously on the back-end of their NFL careers. There's plenty of places the Bengals can obtain a running back and Jacobs is one option -- but an option we hope that they pass on.