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Rashad Jennings | Running Back | #23

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 231
College: Liberty
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 7 (250) / JAC
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports there is "optimism" Rashad Jennings (thumb) returns for Week 4.
There's optimism and urgency, as the Giants' unsettled backfield has lost Shane Vereen (triceps) for the season. Jennings was a surprising scratch on Sunday, so we'd still consider his status far from certain. He's unsure of his ability to contribute in the passing game, something that will be even more of a necessity with Vereen out. The Giants will issue their first injury report on Thursday. Sep 26 - 2:30 PM

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Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Rashad Jennings (thumb) will be "evaluated throughout the week."

Spoiler alert. Every injured player is evaluated throughout the week. The problem is Jennings' ability to contribute in the passing game, something that won't be magically cleared up after only one absence. There's likely renewed urgency to get Jennings back on the field, however, with the news that Shane Vereen is done for the season. The Giants don't have to issue an injury report until Thursday because they're playing on Monday Night Football.
Sep 26 - 1:31 PM

Rashad Jennings (thumb) said he sat out Week 3 against the Redskins because of concerns about his ability to contribute in the passing game.

Jennings said he has no problem holding the ball in his right hand when rushing, but the thumb injury does affect his ability to catch and pass protect. Jennings said he is "going to do everything I possibly can" to be ready for Monday night's matchup with the Vikings, but it would not be surprising if he sat out again. Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen split work with Jennings sidelined.
Source: SNY
Sep 26 - 10:20 AM

Giants declared Rashad Jennings (thumb) inactive for Week 3 vs. the Redskins.

Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen will supposedly split work in Jennings' absence, but Vereen is the only player we feel comfortable firing up in fantasy. Darkwa has a low ceiling and lower floor. Also inactive for the Giants are QB Josh Johnson, WR Roger Lewis, DT Montori Hughes, OT Marshall Newhouse, S Darian Thompson and DT Robert Thomas.
Sep 25 - 11:32 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Rashad Jennings (thumb) is expected to miss Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

It's a stunner as Jennings attended practice throughout the week and never looked to be in serious danger of missing Week 3. His thumb injury is obviously more severe than the Giants were letting on. He's week to week. It's unclear how the backfield will shape up in his absence, though Shane Vereen logged 17 touches with Jennings ailing against the Saints in Week 2. Vereen is suddenly a strong RB2 play in PPR leagues.
Sep 25 - 8:11 AM

Giants OC Mike Sullivan said the team is confident Rashad Jennings (questionable) can adjust to the cast on his injured thumb.

"It’s something that’s not natural. He’s used to doing that without the cast," Sullivan said. "It’s definitely an adjustment that we have great confidence he’ll be able to make." Coach Ben McAdoo also said he is "comfortable" with his No. 1 back. It seems clear Jennings is going to play, but he could see limited touches after playing fewer snaps than Shane Vereen last week. Even in a good matchup, he is more of a FLEX play this week.
Sep 24 - 10:53 AM

The Giants updated their injury report to show that Rashad Jennings (thumb) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Redskins.

He was originally not listed on the injury report. Per NJ.com's Jordan Raanan, the "expectation remains he'll play with small cast on his left thumb." Jennings' passing-game and ball-carrying usage could be limited by the injury. Particularly after Jennings flopped in a best-case matchup versus New Orleans last week, we'd have a hard time trusting him an RB2 against Washington.
Sep 23 - 2:42 PM

Rashad Jennings is no longer listed on the Giants' injury report.

It means he practiced fully on Friday and the Giants no longer consider Jennings injured after he missed a fistful of snaps in New York's Week 2 win over New Orleans. Getting outplayed by Shane Vereen, Jennings will be a low-floor flex option in Week 3 against the Redskins.
Sep 23 - 1:12 PM

Rashad Jennings said his thumb injury is "better," but could "linger."

We don't know how the injury will affect Jennings' game because he's yet to play through it. His pass catching could be compromised, but Shane Vereen already gets most of the Giants' backfield targets. We're not worried about the issue for Week 3. Jennings has a get-right matchup in the Redskins' soft run defense.
Sep 22 - 2:49 PM

Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Jennings had his hand heavily wrapped and in a cast earlier this week, but he had just a small wrap on the thumb Wednesday. He'll be good to go Week 3 against a Redskins defense that has already allowed five rushing touchdowns.
Sep 21 - 12:20 PM

Rashad Jennings has a cast on his left thumb, but is expected to play without it in Week 3.

Per ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Jennings "seems confident" he'll suit up against the Redskins. The Giants will update his status after Wednesday's practice.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Jennings averaged just 2.1 YPC against the Saints - who allowed the most FPPG to RBs last season - on Sunday, while fellow RB Shane Vereen averaged just 3.0 YPC. Neither back has stood out this season and with Vereen arguably looking like the better between the tackles runner through two games, the carries may even out a bit more compared to Week 1 (18 for Jennings, 6 for Vereen). Vereen's extended usage Sunday was likely just a result of Jennings' injury, but at this point it's best to leave both of them untouched for DFS purposes.
Sep 20 - 4:39 PM

Rashad Jennings (hand) will be limited when the Giants return to practice on Wednesday.

Jennings only played 34-of-79 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over New Orleans while dealing with injuries to his left hand and thumb. Even if he doesn't get his usual reps at practice, Jennings should be fine for Week 3 against Washington.
Sep 19 - 1:28 PM

NJ Advance Media's James Kratch reports Rashad Jennings' left wrist and thumb were "heavily wrapped" as he left the locker room Sunday.

An injury could help explain why Jennings was on the bench while Shane Vereen handled goal-line carries in the fourth quarter. Jennings' status likely will not be updated until the Giants release their first practice report on Wednesday. Orleans Darkwa and rookie Paul Perkins would see bigger roles if Jennings was forced to miss any time.
Sep 19 - 11:45 AM

Rashad Jennings logged 27 yards on 13 carries and caught both of his targets for 13 receiving yards Sunday in the Giants' Week 2 win over the Saints.

Jennings couldn’t take advantage of a dream matchup against New Orleans, plodding his way to 2.08 yards per carry. He did almost nothing of note and watched from the bench while Shane Vereen stole goal-line carries in the fourth quarter. The Giants trolled Jennings owners especially hard when they took a knee on the Saints’ one-yard line on the game's final possession. Sunday was a big missed opportunity for Jennings, but he should be in for a bounce-back game against the Redskins in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 4:38 PM

Rashad Jennings rushed 18 times for 75 yards in New York's Week 1 win over the Cowboys, adding a three-yard reception.

Jennings ceded nine touches to Shane Vereen, including an entire fourth quarter series, but was the man on New York's final drive. He's clearly the Giants' lead back, and has an A+ Week 2 matchup in the Saints. Jennings will be worth firing up as an RB2 more weeks than not.
Sep 11 - 8:04 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Josh Johnson
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Orleans Darkwa
4Bobby Rainey
5Paul Perkins
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Orleans Darkwa
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
WR11Odell Beckham
2Dwayne Harris
3Tavarres King
WR21Sterling Shepard
2Victor Cruz
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Will Tye
3Jerell Adams
LT1Ereck Flowers
2Will Beatty
LG1Justin Pugh
C1Weston Richburg
2Brett Jones
RG1John Jerry
RT1Marshall Newhouse
K1Josh Brown