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Ben Jacobs
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Jacobs (right) with the Carolina Panthers in 2018
Assistant special teams coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-17) April 17, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Career information
College: Fresno State
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Cleveland Browns ( 2011 2012)
 As coach:
* Carolina Panthers ( 2019-present)
Assistant special teams coach
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Total tackles     36
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Pass deflections     1
Interceptions     0

Benjamin Jacobs (born April 17, 1988) is a former American football linebacker that is currently an assistant special teams coach for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for Fresno State, where he tied an NCAA record by forcing three fumbles in a single game.

Professional playing careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Jacobs signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on July 30, 2011. He was released during final roster cuts and on September 5, 2011 was signed to the Browns' practice squad.[1] He was promoted to the active roster on November 29, 2011. He played in five games as a rookie but didn't register any stats.

In 2012, Jacobs was once again waived by the Browns during roster cuts and was signed to the practice squad. He was released by the Browns on October 9, 2012.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Jacobs was signed to the Bengals practice squad on November 12, 2012 but was released on November 27, 2012.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On May 13, 2013, Jacobs was signed by the Panthers. He was waived during final roster cuts on August 31, 2013 and was signed to the Panthers' practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 5, 2013 but was released two days later and re-signed back to the practice squad, where he spent the rest of the season.

In the 2014 season, Jacobs played in all 16 regular season games leading the team with nine special teams tackles and one on defense.

In the 2015 season, Jacobs played in 16 games recording seven tackles on defense and eight on special teams. He played in all three postseason games. On February 7, 2016, Jacobs was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, he recorded two special teams tackles, but the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[2][3]

On September 3, 2016, Jacobs was placed on injured reserve after suffering a quad injury in the preseason but was released the following day.[4][5] He was re-signed by the team on December 9, 2016.[6]

On February 8, 2017, Jacobs signed a two-year deal with the Panthers.[7]

On February 11, 2019, Jacobs was released by the Panthers.[8]

Professional coaching careerEdit

Carolina PanthersEdit

Having been a member of the Panthers for six seasons as a core special teamer, head coach Ron Rivera personally asked Jacobs if he would consider making the transition to coaching for the team.[9] On February 12, 2019, the day after he was released, the Panthers announced his hiring as an assistant special teams coach.[10]

Career StatsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY TFL PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2011 CLE 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 CAR 16 0 9 5 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 CAR 16 0 15 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 CAR 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 CAR 16 0 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 CAR 16 0 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 73 0 36 21 15 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Browns add two to practice squad". woio.com. September 5, 2011. http://www.woio.com/story/15397772/browns-add-two-to-practice-squad. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  2. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  3. "Super Bowl 50 - National Football League Game Summary". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/56834/DEN_Gamebook.pdf. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  4. Henson, Max. "Panthers trim roster to 53". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-trim-roster-to-53/e844056a-62ef-4bb1-b1a4-b040a7219771.
  5. http://www.panthers.com/team/roster/Ben-Jacobs/8b721969-6fa8-44dd-99cb-11465bf63a59
  6. "Panthers waive Robert McClain, sign Ben Jacobs". December 9, 2016. http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-waive-Robert-McClain-sign-Ben-Jacobs/cad00a3a-fb45-4136-bc15-e700485392c2.
  7. Strickland, Bryan (February 8, 2017). "Panthers re-sign Ben Jacobs". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-re-sign-Ben-Jacobs/a88a372f-363a-4481-b6e2-4e52b009493b.
  8. "Carolina Panthers release Ben Jacobs". February 11, 2019. https://www.catscratchreader.com/2019/2/11/18220994/carolina-panthers-release-linebacker-special-teamer-ben-jacobs.
  9. Strickland, Bryan (February 13, 2019). "Special teamer Ben Jacobs flips the field on his football career". Panthers.com. https://www.panthers.com/news/special-teamer-ben-jacobs-flips-the-field-on-his-football-career. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  10. Alper, Josh (February 12, 2019). "Panthers adding Ben Jacobs to coaching staff". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/02/12/panthers-adding-ben-jacobs-to-coaching-staff/.

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