The Giants' have high hopes for running back Rashad Jennings first year starting for the team. Jennings, 29, was signed to a four year, $14 million dollar contract with $3 million dollars guaranteed on March 12, 2014.
The 6-foot-1, 231 pounds Liberty College graduate was drafted during the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
During his time with the Jaguars, he scored his first career touchdown after rushing 28 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, during his second year playing in 2011, he was injured with a concussion during Jacksonville's first preseason game. Shorty after, he suffered from a knee injury and was put on the injured reserved for the remainder of the year.
2012 seemed to have a promising start for Jennings after he was named the starting running back. However after his first game, Maurice Jones-Drew returned to the starting position once a contract issue was settled and Jennings was bumped to backup again. Later in December, Jennings was listed on the injured reserved for the second consecutive year after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Jennings's time with the Oakland Raiders was short but impressive, and certainly caught the eye of the Giants coaching staff. Originally listed as a backup when he signed on April 10, 2013, the team's starting running back Darren McFadden suffered from numerous injuries, catapulting Jennings to the top of the depth chart. During his time with the Raiders, Jennings started in eight games and enjoyed a career best of 22 rushes for 150 yards; scoring one touchdown after an 80-yard rush during the Week 11 game against Huston.
Since starting his NFL career in 2009, Jennings has a total of 1,677 rushing yards, a rushing average of 4.3 and a rushing touchdown total of 13.
Unlike the beginning of last season between Andre Brown, Brandon Jacobs, David Wilson and Peyton Hillis fighting for the starting position, it is apparent that Jennings will be the starting running back for the Giants this season. Head coach Tom Coughlin seems to be assured that his choice about Jennings was the right one.
"I think he's very consistent…the more you looked the better you liked…I just think he's a good football player that will be a very, very solid and impactful guy in our offense," said New York's head man.
After his impressive year playing for the Raiders, fans of the New York Giants should expect Jennings to deliver results and rush more yards during his first year with the team since he is finally given the chance at the starting position on a team's roster.