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The Giants finally figured it out in the latter part of the season, making Jennings, clearly their best back, the bell cow, and it sounds like they've learned their lesson. It's worth noting Jennings is 31 and has been injury prone in the past, so a full workload could also usher in the Paul Perkins era more quickly. Assigning an "era" to a fifth-round rookie might be presumptuous on our part, but he's probably the team's best backup to draft at this juncture.
Jennings is a jack-of-all-trades tailback, capable of toting the rock, catching passes and protecting the quarterback. However, if he were to see 15-18 carries per game, he would finish with somewhere between 240 and 288 carries on the year; the six-year veteran hadn't topped 167 carries in any season before last year's 195 attempts. Jennings needed to stay healthy for an entire 16-game slate for the first time in his career to reach that career-high, too. Given Jennings' injury history, with Shane Vereen in the mix on passing downs, HC Ben McAdoo's endorsement of Andre Williams, the addition of Bobby Rainey, and the selection of Paul Perkins in the fifth round, it is still too soon to project how the Giants will divide the work amongst their stable of runners. Training camp and the preseason should shed light on the situation.
Rashad Jennings had his best game of the season in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, racking up 170 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. He also caught two of five targets for six additional yards.
The veteran was fed early and often versus a Philadelphia run defense that had been reeling in the second half of the season, and he responded with his best game since Week 3 of 2014. Jennings' production was rather pedestrian for most of the season, but he finished strong with at least 100 total yards in each of the last four weeks. Jennings is under contract for two more seasons, and he should enter 2016 as the New York Giants ' leading rusher as things currently stand.
Rashad Jennings had 14 carries for 74 yards and two catches for 62 yards in Sunday's 49-17 loss to the Vikings.
Jennings unsurprisingly did most of his damage in the first half, as the New York Giants were forced to go pass-heavy while playing from behind. He was really the team's only effective weapon, though he didn't actually pick up much more than what was blocked, even on a 50-yard gain from a screen pass. Having mostly fended off the four-man committee from earlier this season, Jennings is a decent bet to top 15+ touches for a fourth straight game in Week 17 against the Eagles.
|P3||8/27/16||@ NYJ||7:30 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|4||10/3/16||@ MIN||8:30 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ LAR||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|12||11/27/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|16||12/22/16||@ PHI||8:25 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2014||New York Giants||11||9||167||639||3.8||18||4||0||38|
|2015||New York Giants||16||16||195||863||4.4||38||3||6||40|
|2016||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||11||9||30||226||7.5||27||0||2||0||8|
|2015||New York Giants||16||16||29||296||10.2||51||1||3||2||8|
|2016||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||11||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||16||1||-7||-7.0||-7||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||11||1||0.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||No.||Yds||Lg||Avg||Blk||I20||TB||Downed||No||Ret Yds||TD||Net Avg|
|2014||New York Giants||11||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2015||New York Giants||16||0||0||0||---||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2016||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||New York Giants||11||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||16||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|