Rashad Jennings ascending NFL rushing ranks

The New York Giants have been searching for a franchise running back since Ahmad Bradshaw left following the 2012 season and they may have finally found one in Rashad Jennings. Not only is the first year Giants helping to jump start Ben McAdoo's offense, but he's also making noise in the league's rushing rankings.

As Rashad Jennings is in the midst of a breakout season with the Giants he is slowly becoming the team’s most important piece of the puzzle. With 341 rushing yards on the season, Jennings is ranked No. 3 in rushing yards this season, which puts him ahead of players such as LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, and Marshawn Lynch. The third down back also has added an impressive 92 yards receiving, which has made him a weapon to watch for, as well as someone who can stay on the field throughout an entire possession.

Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, the man who is responsible for initiating the west coast offense in New York certainly doesn’t take Jennings’ skillset for granted. Looking ahead, the Giants play the Falcons this Sunday. The very same Falcons team that is ranked 30th in rush defense, and just gave up over 200 rushing yards to the likes of the plodding Matt Asiata and rookie Jerick McKinnon. As the Falcons do however have an excellent passing attack, look for Head Coach Tom Coughlin to establish the running game in order to keep Matt Ryan and company off the field, and win the time of possession battle.

Establishing a running game is huge for the Giants, especially under Tom Coughlin. Last season, the Giants were unable to establish any type of running game, and went 7-9 on the season, along with an 0-6 start. When the Giants had to rely on the likes of Peyton Hillis, an injury prone Andre Brown, and a broken-down Brandon Jacobs, the team struggled to gain control of games, and were ranked No. 30 in rushing offense with a measly 3.5 yards per carry.

The success of New York Giants' football solely relies on the performance on the team’s running game, and Rashad Jennings has certainly provided stability to a run game that has been lacking since Ahmad Bradshaw was let go. With consecutive wins now, the Giants are beginning to hit their groove, and Jennings may in fact be the team’s most valuable asset going forward. If the Giants are to continue their success, it may rest in the hands of Rashad Jennings to continue bringing reliability to an offense that has sorely missed someone to count on in the backfield in the past few seasons.

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