Jennings announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports.
Jennings will retire as a member of the Giants, the team he played with for the final three seasons of his eight-year career. He also had stints with the Jaguars and Raiders, finishing his career with 3,772 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns.
Jennings said he's had simple conversations with the Lions, Packers, Ravens, Rams and Dolphins, Sirius XM NFL Radio reports.
Jennings previously hinted he wanted to sign before the start of training camp, but he seems to be waiting things out to find the best possible opportunity. He should find work within the next couple weeks as injuries take a mounting toll, with Baltimore standing out as a team that's already taken a major hit to its backfield. The Rams and Packers could also be strong fits, depending on how Todd Gurley and Ty Montgomery look in pass protection during camp. The 32-year-old Jennings has little to offer in terms of explosiveness; he's known for his strong work as a pass blocker and competence as a receiver.
Jennings expects to sign a contract before training camp, NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman reports.
Jennings claims he's currently in the "best shape of his life", but that's to be taken with a grain of salt coming from a 32-year-old running back who has 1,121 career touches to his name -- even for one who just won ABC's Dancing with the Stars. The nine-year veteran averaged only 3.3 yards per clip last season with the Giants and is unlikely to find a team that will give him any sort of sizable role in 2017.
Jennings was released by the Giants on Monday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.
Jennings had a disappointing season in 2016. He entered the campaign as the Giants' top running back but produced just 794 total yards while having the lowest yards per catch of his career and the lowest yards per carry average since joining the Giants in 2014. His release gives the Giants an extra $2.5 million in cap space and leaves Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen as the team's top running backs. Jennings is now free to sign with any team.
Jennings totaled 29 yards on five rushes and secured his only target for four yards in Sunday's 38-13 wild-card loss to the Packers.
The veteran tailback was actually more effective than starter Paul Perkins, but received half of the latter's rushing touches, while also seeing two less targets in the passing game. After opening the 2016 campaign as the clear-cut starter, Jennings eventually gave way to his rookie counterpart, who came on strong over the last four games of the season in expanded opportunity. Jennings thus finishes his third Giants season with the lowest yardage total (593) and YPC (3.3) of his New York tenure.
Jennings carried 18 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Redskins. He also caught his only target for five yards in the 19-10 victory.
Jennings plowed into the end zone from two yards out in the second quarter and totaled his second-highest number of carries this season as the Giants ground out a win to eliminate the Redskins from postseason contention. While he was able to produce a useful day from a fantasy perspective, Jennings saw Paul Perkins produce 102 rushing yards on 21 carries as the Giants utilized both of their backs to help seal the win. Jennings continues to lose touches to the rookie, but the Giants seem likely to lean on both players in the postseason.
Jennings gained 44 yards on nine rushes and secured four of five targets for seven yards in Thursday's 24-19 loss to the Eagles. He also fumbled once but it was recovered.
The veteran tailback gave way to Paul Perkins as the lead runner, but did provide much better returns than he'd mustered against the Lions just four days earlier. Jennings' 4.9 YPC figure was his best since back on Nov. 14 versus the Bengals. While Perkins has definitely begun to make his presence felt in the Giants running attack, Jennings still figures in for a relatively solid role next week against the Redskins' vulnerable run defense.
Jennings carried 18 times for just 38 yards in Sunday's game against the Lions. He was not targeted through the air in the 17-6 win.
Jennings tied his second-highest total of carries this season, but he struggled to produce and finished with an unimpressive average of 2.1 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Paul Perkins gained 56 yards on just 11 carries and was in the game in some red zone situations. Jennings and Perkins should continue to split carries next week against the Eagles, with the former carrying the slight edge in touches of late. However, if he continues to struggle, he could see his role diminish.
Jennings carried 15 times for 45 yards and caught both of his targets for an additional 12 yards in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Cowboys.
Jennings found the sledding tough against a respectable Dallas front, and he ended up with a modest yardage total despite touching the ball 17 times. Paul Perkins notably received the same amount of carries as Jennings, totaling the same amount of yards, and the two seem to be locked in an even timeshare at the moment. Jennings should continue to see the more favorable share of the work down the stretch and will look for more favorable results next week against the Lions.
Jennings had just six carries for 19 yards in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh, but he caught all six of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Jennings did hardly anything on the ground but ranked second to Odell Beckham in Giants receptions and receiving yardage. His six receptions were a season high, and the receiving touchdown was his first of the year. Meanwhile, rookie Paul Perkins was more effective as a ball carrier, running seven times for 38 yards. Next up for Jennings will be the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
Jennings gained 55 yards on 15 carries and added four yards while catching both of his targets in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Browns.
Jennings was presented with a matchup against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, but he only managed a long gain of 11 yards en route to an average of 3.7 yards per carry on the day. His fantasy stock had been trending up after he compiled his two best back-to-back performances heading into this game, so the results likely came as something of a disappointment for his owners. Jennings and company will face a Steelers defense that has been generous to opposing back fields next week. Unfortunately, in a game that could trend pass-heavy and with Paul Perkins (11 touches) still in the picture, he is not guaranteed to see a full allotment of touches.
Jennings had 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown Sunday and caught five passes for 44 more yards.
Jennings did most of his damage in the first half, running well and breaking tackles. His YPC average (4.0) was dragged down by telegraphed running plays into the teeth of the defense during the second half. Jennings has been effective the last two games, and given his strong pass protection skills, seems to have maintained the lion's share of the halfback job over rookie Paul Perkins.
Jennings rushed 15 times for 87 yards and caught three passes (on six targets) for 22 yards in Monday night's win over the Bengals.
Jennings did his work in chunks Monday night, when he reeled off runs of 24 and 25 yards during the second half to clinch a season high in rushing yards. That came despite rookie Paul Perkins getting a decent amount of work during the first half, but with a 5.8-yard rushing average compared to Perkins' 3.4, Jennings proved the superior option over the game's entirety. He also was the team's fourth-leading receiver Monday, when he caught at least three passes for the third time over New York's current four-game winning streak. With 109 total yards of offense Monday, Jennings enters his Week 11 matchup against the Bears with a head full of steam.
Jennings had 11 carries for 26 yards and caught all three of his targets for 13 yards against the Eagles Sunday.
His backup, Paul Perkins, also had 11 carries and three targets and fared only slightly better. At this point, it's a 50/50 timeshare and one that's trending in the wrong direction for Jennings.
Jennings is still likely to be the Giants starter, but Paul Perkins (and possibly Bobby Rainey) are likely to see more work, ESPN reports.
How much more work Perkins will see is unclear in the short term, but if you were deciding between Jennings and another back this week, you might want to go with the latter.
Jennings carried 13 times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Rams. He also caught two of three targets for an additional 24 yards.
It was tough sledding on the ground for Jennings, who averaged 1.9 yards per carry, but a modest contribution in the passing game and a short fourth-quarter touchdown salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective and proved to be the difference in the game. Jennings increased his involvement a week after returning from a three-week absence, and will use the upcoming bye to get completely healthy before the Week 9 matchup with the Eagles.
Jennings (thumb) turned nine carries into 15 yards and four receptions into 20 yards during Sunday's victory against the Ravens.
In his first game action since Week 2, Jennings proved that he could handle a decent workload, leading all Giants running backs in rushes and targets (four). The offense was lacking in balance, though, as Eli Manning dropped back 47 times versus 17 total runs, which served to hinder Jennings' effectiveness. As evidence, his 1.7 YPC was his worst mark since Week 2 of last season (1.3) and only his second game below 2.0 YPC in three seasons with the Giants. He'll look to bounce back next Sunday against the Rams' fifth-worst run defense (entering Week 6).
Jennings (thumb) is active for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Jennings was set to test his hand in pregame warmups and it must have gone well. Head coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday that he expected Jennings, who was unable to practice fully this week, to play, which would put a big hit to Orleans Darkwa's fantasy upside, though Bobby Rainey is likely to keep getting snaps on passing downs.
Jennings (thumb) is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, though he'll have a final pre-game check, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Head coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday that he expected Jennings, who was unable to practice fully this week, to play, which would put a big hit to Orleans Darkwa's fantasy upside, though Bobby Rainey is likely to keep getting snaps on passing downs.
Jennings (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Art Stapleton of The Record reports.
Jennings was listed as limited at every practice for a fourth straight week. However, head coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday he expects Jennings to play, which marks a departure from the coach's more evasive comments in previous weeks. Owners should still check back prior to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. kickoff, as Jennings' absence has already lingered longer than expected. If Jennings does return, Orleans Darkwa will see his role drastically reduced, whereas Bobby Rainey should remain a fixture on passing downs. The Ravens make for a difficult matchup, as they're allowing just 3.6 yards per carry and 76 rushing yards per game.
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