Rashad Jennings lost a fumble in the second quarter of last week’s showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jennings was benched for a short period, but came back into the game and was used as the lead back for the majority of the game.
For Giants fans, many might have been reliving memories of former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who infamously had trouble with fumbles throughout his otherwise illustrious career. While coach Tom Coughlin isn’t a coach who is going to tolerate fumbling and turning over the football, he didn’t pull Jennings out of the entire game solely to prove a point.
Jennings rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries. Andre Williams ran it 5 times for 6 yards and Shane Vereen gained 0 yards on 4 carries. Jennings continued to see the bulk of the workload after the fumble, but he felt like his ill-timed fumble was a huge play in the game.
“It was a momentum swing,’’ Jennings said to reporters after the game, per the New York Post. “Didn’t hold onto the ball. We put our defense in a tough situation. Our defense played well and we kind of left them hanging. I feel I was a big part of us losing this game (via FoxSports).
Although it was a big momentum swing in the game, Manning threw two interceptions and the team was just simply outplayed for much of the game. Jennings didn’t seem to see fewer touches because of his fumble, yet it seems obvious that he needs to be very protective of the ball moving forward. Especially considering Coughlin’s views of turnovers, and the fact that the Giants have other viable options at running back.
Their next game is against another division opponent in the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are on a three game losing streak, and are without a lot of their playmakers on offense. Dallas’ defense has been fairly solid against the run so far this season, but they can be run on, and Jennings will look to redeem himself against another division foe this weekend.