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With Da'Rel Scott waived, Brandon Jacobs is next man up

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David Wilson will likely see his role increase, and the veteran Jacobs will become the primary backup.

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With Da'Rel Scott, what had been serving as the backup running back to David Wilson, waived this week to make room on the 53-man roster for Dallas Reynolds, what will the Giants do at running back?

Head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that it was "safe to say" that Wilson and Brandon Jacobs would be the primary backs.

Jacobs has carried 11 times for only 11 yards since being re-signed by the Giants to provide depth with Andre Brown on short-term IR.

"Certainly Jacobs can get more (snaps)," Coughlin said. "He did have a nice run the other day. When called upon, I think he's still a powerful guy that we're going to utilize in those short-yardage and goal line situations. I wish we had more of them."

The only other running back on the roster is rookie seventh-round pick Michael Cox and Coughlin indicated that Cox still "has to learn everything." Cox has returned two kickoffs this season, averaging 19.5 yards per return.

Wilson, who figures to play a higher percentage of snaps going forward, has 38 carries for 130 yards (3.4 yards per carry). He has caught two passes.

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