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Rashad Jennings | Running Back

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 231
College: Liberty
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Rashad Jennings is listed as the No. 1 running back on the Giants' unofficial depth chart.
David Wilson is No. 2, Peyton Hillis is No. 3 and fourth-round rookie Andre Williams is No. 4. It's as expected, though Williams has already gotten first-team reps with the goal-line offense. Hillis' roster spot is in grave danger. Jennings' No. 1 position is legitimate, but it would be surprising if the Giants ultimately didn't go with a committee. Jul 24 - 1:19 PM

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The Bergen Record's Art Stapleton suggests the Giants may use a "three-back rotation" involving Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, and rookie Andre Williams this season.

They also have Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox on the roster. Stapleton believes the theoretical three-headed monster could help "keep Jennings fresh," as the career backup will be 29 1/2 years old in Week 1, and has never handled more than 163 carries in a season. (He's also never played 16 games.) In this scenario -- based on the first practice of Giants camp -- Jennings would be the starter and lead back, Wilson would come off the bench to change the pace, and hammerhead power back Williams would vulture short-yardage work.
Jul 22 - 7:51 PM

The NY Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel confirms Rashad Jennings remains the Giants' top running back despite David Wilson's medical clearance.

Jennings is a capable three-down performer who excels in areas where Wilson is deficient, like pass blocking and ball security. Wilson does give the G-Men more of a big-play threat, although Samuel anticipates the 2012 first-round pick sticking to "spurts and select situations." Wilson is likely to open the season as the change-of-pace complement to lead runner Jennings.
Jul 21 - 1:23 PM

ESPN New York expects Rashad Jennings to lead the Giants in carries and be the team's "workhorse" at running back.

This aligns with GM Jerry Reese's post-minicamp comments, when he called Jennings a "bellcow type." Jennings can run between the tackles, catch and pick up the blitz. Although Jennings is 29, he's carried the ball just 387 times in his NFL career. There's plenty of tread on his tires. David Wilson figures to be Jennings' biggest threat once he's cleared, while Andre Williams and/or Peyton Hillis could steal some short-yardage/goal-line work. Jennings is squarely in the fantasy RB2 mix heading into camp.
Jul 1 - 12:25 PM

Following minicamp, Giants GM Jerry Reese referred to Rashad Jennings as a "bellcow type" of back.

"He’s definitely a bellcow type of a running back," said Reese. "He can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it." It's worth noting Reese didn't commit to Jennings handling "bellcow" work; he simply referred to Jennings as a capable "bellcow type." Still, it's pretty clear the Giants envision Jennings as a three-down player, even if he ends up rotating often with Andre Williams and/or Peyton Hillis, and/or David Wilson. Jennings will be an interesting RB2 pick for owners willing to wait a bit at running back in drafts.
Jun 24 - 4:29 PM

Rashad Jennings is working as the first-team tailback at Giants OTAs.

Peyton Hillis is with the twos, and rookie Andre Williams is running with the third-team offense. Although 29-year-old Jennings isn't a long-term tailback solution, reliable ball security and pass protection give him the edge to open the season as New York's lead runner. He's averaging a solid 4.33 yards per carry for his career. Jennings is worth targeting in fantasy drafts as an RB2/flex.
Jun 6 - 12:45 AM

Coach Tom Coughlin referred to Rashad Jennings as an "all-purpose player" Wednesday.

The Giants believe Jennings is capable of being a three-down back, something that is reflected by the lack of depth behind him. David Wilson is coming off neck surgery and won't be trusted on third downs, and Peyton Hillis is no lock to even make the final roster. Jennings isn't flashy, but he's a Coughlin back because he protects the football and the quarterback. He'll also be a part of the screen game.
Mar 26 - 8:34 AM

Rashad Jennings' four-year deal with the Giants has a base value of $10 million.

It's below "feature back money" in this year's free agent class, as the Jaguars gave Toby Gerhart a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Jennings gets $2.98 million guaranteed with a $2.25 million signing bonus. He doesn't appear to have any guaranteed money beyond 2014. We expect Jennings to be the Giants' lead runner in 2014, but wouldn't rule out GM Jerry Reese drafting a back in May.
Mar 17 - 3:21 PM

The New York Daily News expects Rashad Jennings to be the Giants "No. 1 back."

David Wilson (neck surgery) is a major question mark, Peyton Hillis is depth and Andre Brown is a goner. Jennings has never entered a season as a feature back, but has shown reasonably well when given opportunities. He has 387 carries for 1,677 yards (4.33 YPC) with 13 touchdowns and 97 catches for 746 yards in a four-year career. A reliable non-fumbler and pass protector for Tom Coughlin, Jennings can be penciled in as a feature back.
Mar 12 - 8:33 AM

Giants agreed to terms with RB Rashad Jennings, formerly of the Raiders.

Jennings was supposed to be a free-agent priority for the Raiders, but they let him walk without much of a fight. According to CSN Bay Area, the Giants offered "a lot more." Jennings is two weeks shy of his 29th birthday, but has just 484 career touches. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season, and is an excellent pass catcher. He's a nice insurance policy for David Wilson.
Mar 11 - 5:23 PM

CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have made an offer to free agent Rashad Jennings.

Per reporter Fallon Smith, Jennings is "waiting on Oakland to make its move now." The Giants re-signed Peyton Hillis to a two-year, $1.8 million contract Tuesday, but definitely need another body or two in their backfield. Depending on David Wilson's health, Jennings would have lots of touches at his disposal in New York.
Mar 11 - 1:00 PM

CSN Bay Area reports the Raiders "remain a major player" for free agent Rashad Jennings.

The free-agent running back market has been ice cold to this point, which could make Jennings extremely affordable even after an impressive season in Oakland. The Raiders have a ton of money to spend and have previously stated their desire to re-sign Jennings. Even at 29, he has plenty of tread on his tires.
Mar 10 - 7:30 PM

Speaking in a Thursday interview, Raiders coach Dennis Allen classified Rashad Jennings as a free-agent priority, but didn't say the same for Darren McFadden.

Allen alluded to market forces when asked about DMC's Raiders future. It's abundantly clear the Raiders hope to go into 2014 with Jennings as part of their running-back rotation, if not the outright starter. Turning 29 next month, Jennings is highly unlikely to command any guaranteed money beyond 2014.
Feb 20 - 4:37 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said he hopes to re-sign free agent Rashad Jennings.

Jennings bounced back in a major way in 2013, rushing for 733 yards and six touchdowns on 163 carries (4.5 YPC) while taking over as the Raiders' starting running back in Week 10. With Darren McFadden expected to test free agency, Jennings figures to be brought back on a short-term deal. He turns 29 this offseason.
Jan 16 - 5:10 PM

Rashad Jennings rushed just four times for nine yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Broncos.

Jennings was used in an even committee with Darren McFadden, but both backs were highly ineffective in a game that could have easily ended in a shutout. It's just the first time he's been held under 40 total yards since Week 8. Jennings finishes his 2013 campaign with 163 carries for 733 yards (4.5 YPC) and six touchdowns. His future with the Raiders is up in the air. Jennings, 28, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 07:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Curtis Painter
RB1Rashad Jennings
2David Wilson
3Andre Williams
4Peyton Hillis
5Michael Cox
GLB1Andre Williams
2Rashad Jennings
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Peyton Hillis
FB1Henry Hynoski
2John Conner
WR11Victor Cruz
2Jerrel Jernigan
3Mario Manningham
4Preston Parker
5Marcus Harris
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Trindon Holliday
4Julian Talley
5Corey Washington
WR31Odell Beckham
TE1Larry Donnell
2Adrien Robinson
3Daniel Fells
4Kellen Davis
5Xavier Grimble
K1Josh Brown
2Brandon McManus