Jennings, Giants standing tall despite losses

The New York Giants must grow and improve as a team to defeat the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. Expected back after spraining his knee in Week 4, Rashad Jennings offered some words of encouragement for teammates and fans.

This season has been rough sledding for the Giants so far. After a 3-2 start, the team has dropped four games in a row to fall out of the playoff hunt. With multiple injuries on both sides of the ball, New York is a squad that is hurting for some good news. It’s welcome to hear that running back Rashad Jennings, out of action with a knee injury since Week 5, is close to returning. Jennings averaged 4.4 yards per carry over the season’s first five games, including a sterling 176-yard performance in a win over Houston. During his absence, the Giants have used mostly Andre Williams and his 2.9 yards per carry average. “This is my livelihood, this is what I do as a profession. It’s my job, it’s my business, it’s what I love to do,” said Jennings, “When you’re unable to perform on the field, you feel like something’s stripped away from you, but it was a time where I think on and off the field I was able to recalibrate some things and come back to the game with a stronger perspective.” The veteran is set to return just in time to face a fierce San Francisco defense that is fresh off of a hard-fought overtime win in New Orleans. Although the 49ers have had their troubles on offense this season, the defensive unit has kept them right in the thick of the playoff race. “It’s a good defense,” said Jennings, “You put on the tape, you’ve got some guys who’ve filled in gaps for them, flying around and making plays at all three levels of the defense from D-line to the linebackers to the secondary. They fly around and make plays, they hit and they do it every play.” With their season continuously on the brink, head coach Tom Coughlin has the challenge of motivating a Giants team that may not have much to play for if it loses another game. Coughlin has told the Giants to “stand tall” in the face of adversity. “There’s a quote, ‘I was chased up a tree by a lion. When I got to the top I enjoyed the view,’” explained Jennings, “So no matter where you’re getting chased or who’s trying to slow you down or grab your leg, you always have to keep a perspective of where you’re at. We’ve got a chance to continue to grow as a unit and that’s what we’re going to do.” With Jennings back in the fold, the Giants have a chance to show some positive growth this Sunday versus San Francisco.

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