Giants will reportedly work out Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee, Joe McKnight

David Wilson GiantsEither the New York Giants are trying to send a message to second-year running back David Wilson, or they are legitimately nervous about his fumbling problem. Wilson, who was expected to be a major part of New York’s offensive attack in 2013, put the ball on the ground twice during a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Because of that, the Giants may be looking to add a veteran to their backfield.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, New York is planning to bring in Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and Joe McKnight for a workout this week. Jacobs became irrelevant after leaving New York in 2011, McGahee was phased out by the Denver Broncos last year and McKnight was a failure with the New York Jets, but the trio could bring veteran stability to a backfield that is littered with question marks.

Prior to Andre Brown suffering a broken leg, he and Wilson were expected to share the workload in New York this season. Still, Wilson was seen as a far superior talent who would get the bulk of the carries. On Sunday night, he was benched after losing two fumbles in his first seven rushing attempts.

Third-year running back Da’Rel Scott replaced Wilson and rushed for 23 yards on five carries, but he also failed to handle an Eli Manning pass that was intercepted by Dallas and returned for a touchdown.

The Giants really have no option talent-wise aside from Wilson, so they need him to figure out a way to secure the ball. Last season, Wilson infamously cried on the sidelines after losing a fumble on his second career carry. You have to believe his fumbling issue is as much mental as it is physical at the moment. New York has dealt with this before with Tiki Barber, who lost six fumbles in 2002 and 2003. The Giants may need to take a similar approach with Wilson and tweak his ball carrying style.

Confused Joe McKnight wanted to take it outside with reporter

Joe McKnightNew York Jets running back Joe McKnight was so irritated with the media on Monday that he wanted to confront a Twitter user who he incorrectly thought was a reporter.

McKnight was concussed at practice recently and was arrested in New Jersey last week for outstanding warrants after being pulled over for speeding and changing lanes without signaling. The former USC back returned to practice on Sunday, but it sounds like he’s still in bad shape. New York Daily News Jets reporter Manish Mehta says McKnight struggled to make it onto the practice field Monday, stopping three times and even getting down on a knee on his way to the field. He then went down on a 1-on-1 pass-catching drill.

Things got weird when McKnight began tweeting from the training room.

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Joe McKnight reportedly got a car, plane ticket from corrupt guy while at USC

USC did on Saturday what its become most known for in the sports world recently: win big in football, and have some players accused of violating NCAA rules.

The LA Times published a report on Saturday alleging that Scott Schenter, a corrupt figure in the LA city assessor’s office, provided ex-Trojan athletes Joe McKnight and Davon Jefferson with improper benefits. McKnight, a former running back now in the NFL with the Jets, is accused of being provided with a car and plane ticket by Schenter. Jefferson, a former basketball player, reportedly accepted $3,700 in cash.

The school plans to investigate the claims and could be subject to NCAA penalties.

Schenter has been charged for his role in a scandal where he allegedly offered tax breaks to folks in exchange for campaign contributions to Assessor John Noguez.

The Times uncovered emails from Schenter to Mercury Insurance that suggest he was insuring a Monte Carlo for McKnight to drive. They also found a receipt for an airline ticket purchased by Schenter for a passenger named “Joe McKnight,” who was flying to Louisiana — which is where McKnight is from.

Schenter told the times he provided the car to McKnight and cash to Jefferson.

McKnight was at the center of a car scandal in 2009 while in school when he was seen with a Land Rover. The car was registered to Schenter, but McKnight claimed it was his girlfriend’s car (which LBS has been told is actually true).

Schenter was doing what so many others do: trying to pay the athletes so that they would help him out. Schenter wanted them to help market some businesses he was developing. Sound familiar? That’s similar to what happened with Reggie Bush.

As for the entire situation, if you dig deep enough at probably any D-I school, you’ll find the exact same thing. I actually would have been surprised if McKnight weren’t getting some “improper benefits.” The problem is if you’re going to accept things, it’s with the understanding that you’re getting involved with people who have some loose morals and could therefore get you into trouble.

Joe McKnight says he gained 16 pounds this offseason eating McDonald’s

When Joe McKnight heads into Jets minicamp this summer, he will be looking to compete for significant playing time in the backfield. With LaDanian Tomlinson out of the picture, McKnight could become the primary backup to Shonne Greene if he impresses Tony Sparano and company. He’s hoping the 16 pounds he gained from eating fast food will help.

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, McKnight says he gained 16 pounds by eating “A lot of McDonald’s.” Does that mean it’s 16 pounds of muscle or fat?

“I was eating healthy, but the majority of time I was eating bad,” McKnight added. “I wasn’t eating all the right stuff … like Tim Tebow.”

Should we assume the Tebow comment was intended to distract people from the fast food diet? When the Jets starred on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” during the 2010 offseason, McKnight was shown on the show failing the team’s conditioning test. The last thing he needs in his life is Ronald McDonald. Hopefully the saturated fat from a Big Mac translates into solid, bruising muscle on the gridiron.

Jets Trying Joe McKnight as Emergency Defensive Back

Joe McKnight’s career path has been far from what anyone could have expected. Recruited out of high school in Louisiana, McKnight was billed as “the next Reggie Bush.” He came to USC and never emerged from a talented, crowded backfield in Southern California. After a controversy over an SUV (which sources told LBS did in fact belong to his girlfriend), McKnight decided to leave school early for the pros. He was drafted in the 4th round by the Jets and has only seen carries in one game, back in week four against the Bills.

The subject of ridicule during HBO’s Hard Knocks training camp show, McKnight is now finding action as a defensive back. Coach Rex Ryan says McKnight has been working as a corner back — a position in which he excelled during high school — and that he will likely serve as an emergency, number five DB on Sunday. Ryan further boosted McKnight’s ego saying the rookie is “ready to explode” as a running back. Nothing like instilling some confidence in a young player. I don’t know about you, but I’m really hoping we get a chance to see McKnight play on the other end.

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