RB Rashad Jennings - New York Giants
|6-1, 231||Born: 3-26-1985||College: Liberty||Drafted: Round 7|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs PHI (27 / 170 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings had a very strong performance on Sunday against the Eagles and looked dominant at times on the ground. Jennings ripped off big chunks of yards throughout the game and helped the Giants stay competitive in this contest. Jennings was aided by some terrific run blocking up front by the Giants offensive line. The line sprung Jennings many times down the sideline, sealing some key blocks and preventing Eagle defenders from getting near him for a few seconds. Jennings converted a lot of third downs on toss plays, getting a good push again from his line and getting chances to burn the Eagles on the outside. The offensive line routinely kept defenders away from Jennings at the line of scrimmage and Jennings was able to burn the Eagles up the middle on many occasions. Jennings was given the ball many times in the redzone but always seemed to come up just shy, until the second half. Jennings was taken down 1 yard short on a carry but scored on the very next play, ploughing his way over the line of scrimmage as 2 Giants lineman created enough of a gap in the defense. Jennings has without a doubt been the most productive and useful back the Giants have seen in this offense and would do well to keep him for another year. He has developed some strong chemistry with the offensive line who have made him look very good for 3 straight games. Will this running game get a chance to return next year; only the Giants know.
2015 Week 16 vs MIN (14 / 74 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 62 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings made several big plays for the Giants on Sunday night and fantasy owners could not be too dissatisfied with his production, if they started him. Jennings started off the game with several nice runs, getting nice chunks off the right side. Jennings got some key blocks from his offensive line up front and knocked back defenders as he ploughed ahead. Jennings ran with purpose and power for most of the game, always pushing back defenders and carrying a few at times to get as many yards as possible. Jennings got a big play down the field on a double fake screen pass which was well executed by the entire team, resulting in a 50 yard catch & run. Jennings returned once again as the lead back for New York, dispelling notions that he couldn't handle the load at this age during this late period of the season. The Giants pass game was dreadful however, which didn't help his carry attempts against the Vikings. The Giants also gave up too many points too quickly which inevitably lowered the chances for Jennings to run the ball late in the game.
2015 Week 15 vs CAR (16 / 107 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings had another very strong performance in this offense and he should remain the starter who gets the bulk of the workload. Jennings is coming off back to back strong performances in an offense that has struggled to run the ball all season long, with a lot of rotation observed at running back with 3 other players. Jennings was a key cog in the Giants offense all night long and they never abandoned the running game, despite the lopsided score at times. Jennings burst up the middle of the defense and broke free on several occasions. The Giants offensive line blocked well for him and kept defenders off him until the second level for the most part. He was used as a patient runner up the middle, taking a lot of delayed handoffs from the shotgun. Jennings showed terrific vision and patience before bursting through the line of scrimmage. Jennings did lose the ball on a fumble however, as the ball was dislodged prior to his knee touching the ground. The Giants stuck with the running back however and did not let one turnover affect his workload. Jennings' touchdown was a very well executed play on a simple carry up the middle. The Giants blocked the Panthers front well at the line of scrimmage and this allowed Jennings to penetrate deep into the secondary as he outran any tackle attempts into the endzone. He has always been the most productive back in this offense when healthy and has low end #2 RB potential moving forward.
2015 Week 14 vs MIA (22 / 81 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings normally plays the token "starter" running back role before fading into the background due to the number of running backs the Giants like to use. Monday night was different however, as Jennings was allowed to get into a rhythm and received the bulk of the workload from the Giants. Jennings had one of his best games of the season, despite posting average fantasy numbers. The Giants blocked well for Jennings for the most part and allowed him to get into the secondary on many plays up the middle. Jennings showed a lot of patience in this game on slow developing plays like tosses which paid off when his blocks were successful. Jennings did not rush to the line of scrimmage and picked many key first downs on the ground for the Giants. Jennings burst forward past the line of scrimmage on multiple occasions and fell forward to finish every run. Occasionally the Giants offensive line leaked a defender and Jennings would be blown up in the backfield for a heavy loss however. Jennings was also useful out of the backfield as a receiver when Manning was pressured and looked like a true workhorse back for this team. Whether or not this trend will continue is hard to guess as the Giants normally rotate all their running backs fairly evenly. Jennings did wear the defense down a little bit however in this game and deserves more work going forward.
2015 Week 12 vs WAS (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings had another disappointing game for the Giants in terms of fantasy but nothing which should surprise anyone who has watched his game this season. The Giants could not block up front with the injuries along the offensive line and the running game always pales in comparison to the passing attack. Jennings got most of the carries but could only get so many yards up the middle as the Redskin defense swarmed to the football quickly. Jennings got simple dive plays up the middle and could never get into a rhythm on the ground due to the inconsistency of the Giants rushing attack. Jennings did provide some relief for Manning as a check down option out of the backfield, showing good hands and an awareness to get open at the right time. The offensive line was too leaky against Washington overall however and Jennings should not be owned or started in any fantasy league as the Giants continue to share the backfield also.
2015 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings was not able to produce very much in this game as the Giants struggled to run the ball throughout. The Giants focused more on the passing game also and kept the running game to a minimal to keep the defense honest. Jennings got many carries on mostly dive plays and was simply asked to get as many yards as were available on the ground. Jennings did not find any massive gaps in the defense in this game but did manage to find small holes to punch in a few yards to keep the chains moving when necessary. Jennings was also used as a checkdown receiver when the pressure got to Manning but he wasn't able to convert these catches into any big plays. Jennings got the bulk of the carries as usual but accomplished little in terms of production as the Giants recognised they couldn't rely on the running game to win this game. Jennings has been used in mostly dive plays for the Giants and is not given a wide variety of running plays to work with. Fantasy owners should not play Jennings as the backfield is crowded with Vereen and Darkwa.
2015 Week 9 vs TB (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings had a very typical performance for his standards vs Tampa Bay. Jennings was the leading ball carrier for the Giants with 13 carries but his workload still remains relatively light. Jennings caught only one ball as the Giants kept their eyes downfield in passing situation. The Giants backfield is very hard to predict and they share the workload very evenly, which makes it difficult to start a guy like Jennings. He should not be played for this reason. Jennings is a solid player on the ground however, as we saw again in this game. The Giants gave him the ball up the middle of the defense on delays and dive plays often. Jennings did keep the defense honest and managed to pick up a few first downs with his small but consistent gains. Occasionally the Giants were able to open up a big hole in the middle of the defense and Jennings burst through for as many yards as possible, into the second level. Overall however, he was not given any redzone touches and only one catch meant he was poor even in PPR leagues.
2015 Week 8 vs NO (10 / 54 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings got the lead role in this offense but the Giants did sustain an injury to Orleans Darkwa which somewhat increased the production of Jennings. Jennings was used up the middle primarily on short carries, to keep the chains moving and convert short third downs. Jennings had a few explosive plays up the middle of the defense thanks to some big gaps in the defense. Jennings was also a small factor in the passing game. Jennings caught a short screen pass over middle and got a lot of yards after the catch downfield thanks to some key blocks. Jennings also ran a lot of delayed handoffs from shotgun where he was patient and waited for any blocks to develop. Jennings had a typical production line for his standards which is lacklustre for most fantasy leagues. The Giants were clearly in pass heavy mode as the game situation dictated this which hurt his number of carries.
2015 Week 7 vs DAL (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings had a strong showing early in the game but this quickly faded as he got very few touches after the first quarter. Jennings picked up some nice gains up the middle and found holes in the defensive front to keep the Giants moving early. Jennings showed good vision and patience to choose the correct hole and then explode through it. This was short lived however as teammate Darkwa caught fire in the second quarter and became the lead ball carrier. The Giants then played Vereen for most of the second half and Jennings simply was rarely on the field.
2015 Week 6 vs PHI (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings ran the ball very effectively for the Giants on Sunday. Jennings was the primary ball carrier and easily the most productive back for New York. Jennings ran a lot of plays up the middle with delays and inside zones. Jennings was patient and chose the correct hole at the correct moment. The Giants offensive line was successful at opening holes for him at the line of scrimmage and allowing him to "get going". Jennings showed nice power on one carry up the middle, powering over a Philadelphia cornerback and rumbling on for the first down. Jennings did have a poor turnover late in the game as the Giants were driving. Jennings was stripped of the ball while carrying it upright after a catch from the backfield and was unable to recover it. The Giants were forced to reduce his number of carries as the game progressed due to the lopsided score and how behind they were getting unfortunately for Jennings owners. He was effective at times however and may have produced big numbers if the game went a different direction.
2015 Week 5 vs SF (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings was the leading running back again for New York as we've come to expect but still did not put up spectacular fantasy numbers. Jennings was used as the primary ball carrier with a lot of carries up the middle as the Giants tried to keep the chains moving in short down situations. Jennings ran hard and fought at the line of scrimmage to keep the Giants on the field and did a good job converting downs, though often not picking up a lot of yards doing so. Jennings was useful sparingly out of the backfield and when his QB was pressured with a solid pair of hands. Jennings remains the feature back of this team but lost out on goal line carries again and still struggles to produce any significant production despite the Giants scoring 30 points. The Giants offense goes through Manning right now and this is unlikely to change.
2015 Week 4 vs BUF (9 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 54 / 1 rec)
Rashad Jennings had a relatively big day on the field for his team and would have made fantasy owners pretty happy with his production. The Giants held the lead and were in command for most of this game which allowed them to run the ball a lot, which helped Jennings. Jennings was used up the middle of the defense a lot with his carries and had good success at converting downs into first downs. The Giants offensive line created some holes in the stingy Bills defense and Jennings exploited this when possible. Jennings got several chunk plays up the middle and gave the Giants confidence in him running the ball. Jennings was used in the passing game, mostly as a check down option and managed to convert a simple check down pattern into a big play. Jennings hauled in a pass out of the backfield in the flat and made his first man miss, then stiff armed a Bill defender before racing down the sideline into the endzone for the spectacular touchdown. The Giants backfield remains crowded but Jennings grabbed the spotlight and showed he has the ability as a well rounded back.
2015 Week 3 vs WAS (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jennings will be known more for his blocked punt in this game than his production for fantasy owners. The Giants stayed committed to running the ball as they had a lead for the entire game but Jennings lost out on a lot of carries to teammate Williams and never could establish true rhythm on the ground. Jennings was used out of the shotgun on a lot on draws and dive plays, while also getting his hands on a screen pass. Jennings was used primarily up the middle to pick up short yards and ensure drives were kept alive. The Giants were rarely on the goal line in the redzone in this game and when they were, teammate Williams was the goal line back. Jennings was useful to Manning as a check down option in the passing game at times but his low workload and lack of open running lanes lead to his mediocre fantasy numbers.
2015 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings failed to make an impact on this game and fantasy owners have a right to be cautious about starting the running back. Jennings had more rushing attempts than Vereen but rushed for fewer yards and had far fewer catches out of the backfield. The Giants struggled to move the football on the ground when Jennings was the lead back, which was mostly in the first half of the game when the defense was freshest. Jennings simply had no room to work with when he got the handoff and the Falcons did a great job stuffing any running lanes. Jennings had a nice first down rushing the ball in the redzone but a penalty against the Giants negated the play. Jennings did manage to convert a short yardage situation on the ground late in the game and he is clearly the Giants main back in short yardage / goal line situations but there was no goal line situations in this game unfortunately for Jennings. Vereen proved to be a much more effective back as the Giants began to pass the ball more and Jennings was unable to get even 10 carries. The Falcons were stingy against the run but fantasy owners should be cautious playing Jennings as Vereen was far more productive and the Giants will likely be passing the ball a lot more often than rushing this season which does not play into Jennings strength.
2015 Week 1 vs DAL (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rashad Jennings was the number one running back for the Giants and easily their most productive back on the night. Jennings had a bit of trouble early in the game as he lost the ball when he went to the ground but caught a break as he was ruled down by contact. The Giants struggled to move the ball on the ground for most of this game however and a lot of his yards came late on big bursts through the Dallas secondary. Jennings may have some lost carries in the first half after his almost-fumble as we saw Andre Williams and Shane Vereen see some carries but this was only temporary. The Giants used Jennings conservatively up the middle and Jennings showed good vision to choose the correct whole, though Dallas did a great job of limiting his free space for the most part. The offensive line didn't open many holes until late in the game. Jennings got a few key blocks up front and ripped off a nice 27 yard run, showing that he still has good speed. Jennings was patient and waited for his blocks to be set up before hitting the hole. Jennings scored the only offensive touchdown on the goal line. The Giants gave it to him on a simple dive play and Jennings just got over the goal line to secure the score. Despite the Giants leading this game for most of it, the running game was not as productive as you would hope for as a fantasy owner. Jennings did get the goal line work however, which should be encouraging for Jennings owners.
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