Camp is in full swing for the 2016 New York Giants, and with it comes fierce competition as rookies and veterans alike vie for a spot on the eventual 53-man roster. One player that may be challenged for reps but will still be a starter is Rashad Jennings, who finished the 2015 season with over 300 rushing yards and 3 TD’s in the last three games of the regular season.
The seemingly always optimistic Jennings remains so, even with the large amount of backs at camp and the looming threat of less opportunities to make plays with less reps.
“No, it doesn’t make it tougher because every play is its own play,” the 6-year veteran said after practice on August 3. “We have a great group of backs and we know that. We’re going to push each other and that’s what training camp is all about.”
Jennings also commented on the noticeable changes in camp this year with Ben McAdoo at the helm for the first time.
“I like it,” Jennings said of the music, TV timeout simulations, and even soccer balls. “That’s the type of atmosphere the game is; it’s high energy. It’s not quiet. I think putting us in that organized chaos that the game presents itself, it causes us to practice in those elements [using signals, yelling over the noise, etc.] and being used to it.”
He praised McAdoo’s efforts to keep camp interesting, saying, “Finding ways to not only make it [camp] fun, but challenging…I think you find great dividends in that for the whole entire team.”
Virtually no team goes into a new season with any mindset short of reaching the Super Bowl, and the Giants are no exception.
Out of all of the good things McAdoo has done or said in this first week of camp, Jennings praised his bold Super Bowl goals and aspirations that he has openly shared with members of the media. “When the head guy preaches that and talks about it and has that expectation, it allows and forces you to bring your level of expectations up too,” says Jennings. “I’ve been a part of different teams where that [speaking openly about Super Bowl aspirations] was taboo, so I like it.”