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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 rushed 18 times for 64 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 45 yards in the Giants' Week 2 loss to Arizona.
He also got stuffed at the goal line and lost a fourth-quarter fumble on a reception. Giants coach Tom Coughlin didn't bench Jennings, though, as he's done to so many running backs in the past. That's good news entering a Week 3 matchup with a Texans defense that is soft up front, aside from LE J.J. Watt. With at least 20 touches in back-to-back games to open the season, Jennings is locked in as an every-week RB2 in fantasy leagues. Sep 14 - 4:16 PM

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Rashad Jennings rushed for 46 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Jennings added four catches for 50 yards on five targets. Just as Giants media members have been saying for much of summer, Jennings was the team's bellcow back, handling every-down and goal-line work. He got two carries from the one-yard line, getting stuffed on one before pounding a one-yard touchdown in later in the second half. Jennings was really the only offensive player on the Giants to show up Monday. He has a plus matchup against a depleted Cardinals defense in Week 2. Jennings is comfortably settled in as an RB2.
Sep 8 - 10:43 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano said Rashad Jennings will open up the season as the "bell cow" back.

It is the safe assumption after Jennings out-touched rookie Andre Williams 14-1 in the first half of the Giants' third preseason game. Williams will have to improve in the passing game before he is given a bigger role in the Giants' offense, though he could be an early contributor in short-yardage situations. Jennings is a solid RB2 against Detroit.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 6 - 11:56 AM

Rashad Jennings was excellent in Friday's regular-season dress rehearsal, rushing 13 times for 67 yards.

He added one catch for seven yards. Jennings was emphatically ahead of Andre Williams, out-touching his rookie teammate 14-1 in the first half. Thanks to game flow, neither player got a goal-line look while Eli Manning was still in the game. Likely done for the preseason, Jennings finishes with 32 rushes for 192 yards (6.0 YPC) and a touchdown. Although Williams figures to get some goal-line touches, Jennings is opening the year with a near every-down role. He's an RB2.
Aug 22 - 10:17 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano considers it a "certainty" that Rashad Jennings gets the "bulk" of the Giants' Week 1 carries.

Judging by Jennings' ADP, fantasy owners have long been operating under this assumption. We agree, though the "bulk" might not include goal-line looks, at least some of which appear to be ticketed for rookie Andre Williams. That severely eats into Jennings' upside.
Aug 18 - 1:33 PM

Rashad Jennings managed 17 yards on seven carries in the Giants' third preseason game Saturday night.

He was not targeted in the passing game. Jennings busted a wide-open 73-yard TD in New York's second exhibition affair, but otherwise has managed 52 yards on his remaining 18 runs (2.89 YPC). If the Giants don't get their offensive line fixed soon, no one on this offense is going to live up to his fantasy ADP.
Aug 16 - 8:40 PM

Rashad Jennings rushed five times for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' second preseason game.

Jennings exploded through a small running lane for a 73-yard touchdown in the first quarter, showing surprisingly robust breakaway speed through the second and third levels of the Steelers' defense. It was a clever way to avoid getting vultured at the goal line by rookie Andre Williams. For now, Jennings is unquestionably the Giants' starter, but Williams has had the edge in short-yardage situations since the beginning of camp. That curbs Jennings' upside.
Aug 9 - 10:10 PM

Rashad Jennings managed 23 yards on seven carries in Sunday night's preseason opener, adding three catches for 20 yards.

Jennings was heavily involved in the screen game and had a few nice runs against Buffalo's second-team defense. He was repeatedly stuffed in the backfield against the Bills' starters. Of most concern for Jennings' fantasy stock was rookie Andre Williams' superior running and three-yard touchdown with the Giants' first-team offense. Jennings-Williams has a chance to provide New York with an impressive one-two punch, but Jennings is going to struggle to find pay dirt this year. Williams is very clearly the Giants' top goal-line back. It's been that way throughout training camp, and now into the first preseason game.
Aug 3 - 9:06 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger expects the Giants to employ a running-back-by-committee approach this season, despite David Wilson's career-threatening neck injury.

The Giants' offseason certainly suggests they want to use more than one back. They signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams, and return sophomore Michael Cox. "I think we have some talented guys at that spot," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Rashad has done well. I think the young kid (Williams) has come along the more we have given him to do. Michael Cox has had his spots." Jennings' fantasy Average Draft Position currently sits at the end of round four. Frank Gore, deservedly, recently leapfrogged Jennings in ADP.
Jul 31 - 7:29 PM

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.

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
FB1Henry Hynoski
WR11Victor Cruz
2Preston Parker
3Julian Talley
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Corey Washington
WR31Preston Parker
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
K1Josh Brown