All Brandon Jacobs wanted all summer was a chance to return to the Giants. And now he has his wish and David Wilson has a mentor.

On Tuesday the Giants reached an agreement with Jacobs on a one-year deal ending their search for a competent backup running back. It was a search that had grown desperate in recent days in the wake of a nightmare performance by the Giants' running backs in Dallas on Sunday night.

Jacobs was one of three running backs who worked out in East Rutherford on Tuesday. He was joined by ex-Broncos back Willis McGahee and George Winn who was in Patriots training camp last month. The Giants also could have considered ex-Cardinals runner Beanie Wells who worked out for the team last week or Ryan Torain who was with the team in training camp.

Instead the Giants are now banking on a hungry Jacobs to fill the void left by Andre Brown who fractured his left leg in the preseason finale in New England and is currently on short-term injured reserve. That injury robbed the Giants of a potent 1-2 rushing attack and it forced them to rely heavily — perhaps too much — on second-year man Wilson in Dallas Sunday night.

Wilson wilted under that pressure fumbling twice having trouble in pass-blocking situations and getting benched in the third quarter. And while equally untested Da'Rel Scott drew praise from Tom Coughlin for his job as Wilson's replacement the third-year runner also "choked" — in his own words — miscommunicating with Eli Manning just before the two-minute warning and watching a pass glance off his arm and into the hands of Cowboys corner Brandon Carr who returned it for the game-sealing score.