Jennings due for expanded role with Giants

The 31-year old running back still has plenty of spring left in his step.

Rashad Jennings had a lot to prove since he started football at a young age. In high school, he was kid who didn’t get a chance to shine until his last game of his junior year because of being a overweight fifth string running back. He was selected low in the 2009 draft when he went to the Jacksonville Jaguars as the 250th pick. Then even after a great rookie season, his sophomore season was cut short even before it began as he placed on injured reserve for injuries he suffered during the preseason.

Yet even with the setbacks and only being perceived as a backup player, there has been some shining moments for Jennings. When he was with the Oakland Raiders in 2013, he was a backup for Darren McFadden. For most of that 2013 season, McFadden was injured which allowed Jennings to start in his place. He ended up finishing that season with 733 yards on 163 carries and six touchdowns.  This past season with the Giants, he stepped his level of play. The veteran finished the season with a career high total of 863 yards, there’s a good chance that Jennings is due for a bigger role with the team. Now it is well known that the Giants are used to having a running back by committee approach when it comes to their roster. Yet Jennings is a young 31 year-old with almost seven years of NFL experience so he should know a thing or two about staying healthy.  If there was a time for the team to believe in Jennings ability to put it all together, this upcoming season will be the perfect time.                                                                                        



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