30 Players in 30 Days: Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings will likely be the feature back for Big Blue this upcoming season.

Player name:

 

Rashad Jennings

 

2015 highlights:

 

Jennings enjoyed a career year as he rushed for 863 yards on 195 carries with two 100+ yard games and 3 rushing TDs. He also caught the ball 29 times, gaining 296 yards and 1 TD. He ended the season particularly well as his last 4 games accounted for 432 yards, 2 TDs and both the 100 yarders.

                 

Contract Situation:

 

In 2014, Jennings signed a 4 year deal worth $10 million. He is set to make $2.8 million this year and $3.0 million next year with a dead cap impact of $1.125 million and $562,500, respectively.  

 

Tradeable/Untradeable: 

 

Untradeable: Prior to his late season performance, Jennings would probably have been a tradeable asset. This, however, is not the case anymore and one feels Jennings will be given at least one more season to show he can duplicate those numbers.

 

He has proven to be more versatile than the other running backs on the roster as he can run, catch and pass block effectively meaning Ben McAdoo will probably want to keep him for another year and look to cut or trade him next year.               

                                   

2016 Outlook:

Jennings will turn 31 at the end of March meaning the clock is ticking and he’ll need to show the coaches he can continue to contribute. The most important factor in this regard will be the number of carries he is allowed as Jennings is a power back who requires numerous feeds to get into rhythm.

 

Despite missing the 2011 season due to a knee injury, Jennings has proven he is healthy and can produce when given a chance. This production can only happen when the Giants abandon their preferred committee approach and give the majority of touches to either one or two backs, most likely Jennings and Shane Vereen.           

 

Thanks to age and other available rushing options, 2016 could very well be Jennings’ last year as a G-Man.              

 


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