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RB Rashad Jennings - Free Agent

6-1, 231Born: 3-26-1985College: LibertyDrafted: Round 7

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General News (Wed Feb 1): said he expects to return to the team in 2017. Jennings has one year left on his deal, and his release would save the club $2.5 million.

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 at WAS 28 18 52 1 1 1 5 0 0 11.7
18 at GB 25 5 29 0 1 1 4 0 0 3.3

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs GB (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had only 5 carries in this game as the giants clearly have transitioned towards Perkins. He had mixed success on the ground but the volume of workload speaks loudly for his role in this offense going forward. Jennings is no longer fantasy relevant as a Giant. The Giants had to abandon the running late in the game as Greenbay was scoring quickly but it would have mattered little for Jennings' production.

2016 Week 17 vs WAS (18 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings got a lot of carries on Sunday but his total touches were less than Perkins and his production on the ground paled in comparison. Jennings has lost a lot of the workload to Perkins and this is unlikely to change as he clearly is not as effective as his teammate. He was used in short down/distance situations to convert third downs and pick up minor gains to keep the defense honest. The Giants wanted to run the ball a lot to keep Manning safe and this gave Jennings a higher workload than is typical for a game of this nature. Still, he could not find much room at the line of scrimmage and was taken down quickly for the most part. Jennings was able to score the only offensive touchdown for the Giants in the redzone. Jennings had several attempts on the goal line with dive plays and eventually found his way into the endzone, finding a gap up front and squeezing his way through for the score. Jennings is solid in pass protection so he won't disappear from this offense but look for Perkins to continue to grow as the Giants transition away from Jennings.

2016 Week 16 vs PHI (9 / 44 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings owners should be worried as Paul Perkins has begun to overtake the veteran running back in terms of touches and carries. The Giants seem more interested in giving the young Perkins a bigger workload than Jennings as Jennings has been ineffective for most of this season; expect this trend to continue into the New Year/ week 17. Jennings had a few nice runs, using vision to find massive gaps up the middle in the defense and exploding through them. He rarely gets goal line touches however, with a lot of that due to the offense in which he plays. His overall mediocre season cannot be ignored though and he should not be started in week 17. He got 4 catches out of the backfield, showing nice hands but was never able to convert these into big plays. Jennings is a simple one cut runner that does not have youth on his side anymore.

2016 Week 15 vs DET (18 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a familiar story with Rashad Jennings and the Giants rushing attack on Sunday. Jennings picked up a few first downs and converted short down/distance situations but accomplished very little otherwise. The Lions run defense was stout at the line of scrimmage and often took down Jennings at/behind the line of scrimmage. The Giants used Jennings to convert short yard situations and he shared the workload with Perkins, though rarely both were on the field. The Giants offense was run heavy as they held the lead for most of the game but Jennings couldn't find much space with many of his runs. The Giants also were rarely in the redzone and elected to throw when they were, which hurt the potential fantasy production of Jennings. He is a risky play moving forward as Perkins looked more productive and he has largely been a disappointment for fantasy owners for most of the season, consider benching.

2016 Week 14 vs DAL (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings produced very little for the Giants in a very low scoring affair on Sunday night. The Giants got little to no push up front against the Cowboys and Jennings had to settle for minor gains on most plays. He had a nice catch&run on a screen pass outside, making a man miss in the open field. At times, he was able to convert some short situations into first downs but generally struggled to find anywhere to run on the bulk of his carries. The Giants were rarely in the redzone and never near the goal line which will always hurt the fantasy touchdown of Jennings.

2016 Week 13 vs PIT (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 34 / 1 rec)

Rashad Jennings had a below average performance on Sunday against the Steelers and fantasy owners were only barely rescued by his touchdown in the second half. Jennings had less carries than Perkins who looked more effective but Jennings was a bigger factor in the passing game. Jennings was an important check down option for Manning who faced pressure early and often in this game. Jennings ran with typical determination and hit the line hard, falling forward to pick up as many yards as were available. He also got hit quickly when he received the handoff and failed to make much of an impression on the game. The Giants were also in pass happy mode as the game progressed and they fell behind the Steelers on the scoreboard. Jennings was able to get into the endzone on play action screen pass play. He got the short pass and took advantage of some key blocks to navigate his way over the goal line, relatively untouched. The Giants more or less abandoned their running game in the second half and Jennings got very few touches from that point

2016 Week 12 vs CLE (15 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

The Giants kept Rashad Jennings involved throughout the game as they did not give up on the run while they maintained a solid lead over the Browns for the most part. Jennings was not terribly effective however and Cleveland did a good job of containing the back. He was frequently met at the line of scrimmage and sometimes taken down in the backfield, barely after getting the ball from his quarterback. The Giants offensive line were porous at times in their run blocking and failed to get enough of a push against Cleveland. Jennings made the most out of this, using vision to exploit any minor hole that appeared. He ran tough and pushed back defenders several times as he took simple carries up the middle. Jennings had a few redzone carries but never really threatened to score in this game. The Giants short yardage came was poor on the ground and several 3rd and 1 situations came up empty. Jennings remains the Giants lead back however and is a worth a play in most weeks, especially in PPR leagues as he always catches a few screen passes from Manning.

2016 Week 11 vs CHI (21 / 85 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings has looked like a different running back in the past two weeks as the Giants have found a way to revitalise their running game. Jennings was an effective rusher on the ground, providing a stable and reliable attack when his number was called. He was also a factor out of the backfield in the passing game as he has good hands. Jennings was able to take advantage of a few key situations where the Giants offensive line blocked out the Bears defensive front. He had a nice catch and run early on a screen pass that was well executed with blockers positioned in front. He can thank his offensive line for his touchdown as they made it extremely easy to score on the play. The Giants sealed the Bears defensive line up front and Jennings just had to poke through over the goal line on a dive play. Jennings was occasionally stuffed as the Bears won their fair share up front but the Giants did not give up on the running game. He is not known for his physical downhill running style but Jennings showed power and determination on several plays. He was able to evade a tackler on a 4th and 2 pass outside for a big first down. Jennings later got the Giants out of their own endzone with a terrific run on the outside that he picked up thanks to a vicious stiff arm. His vision and burst are also underrated aspects to his game; he just needs to hope the Giants can continue to provide him with some breathing room up front.

2016 Week 10 vs CIN (15 / 87 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had a nice day on the ground for the Giants and perhaps the running game can be reenergised after this performance. Jennings started off slowly and things were not going well on the ground, as he was getting taken down quickly at the line of scrimmage. Jennings dropped a screen pass and failed on a few short conversion attempts but the Giants stayed with the rushing attack throughout. He become involved in the passing game with a few screen passes short and began to rip off bigger gains as the game developed. The offensive line created some big gaps in the Bengal front late in the game which lead to clear lanes for Jennings to exploit. Jennings had back to back big runs up the middle against Cincinnati to put the nail in the coffin. He showed good vision and patience throughout this game and the Giants rushing woes has never been because of Jennings. The offensive line seems to get stronger as the games progress as we have seen for two weeks in a row, it will be interesting to see if the Giants can continue to run the ball. Jennings remains the goal line back but the Giants were throwing into the redzone on Monday night as they rarely got within 2 yards of the goal line to attempt short yard plays.

2016 Week 9 vs PHI (11 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings ran into another brick wall facing the Eagle run defense on Sunday. This should not surprise fantasy owners however as Jennings has failed to live upto expectations in this offense and rarely produces well. The Giants found it difficult to run against Philadelphia for most of the game but stayed committed to it somewhat throughout, despite the lack of success. Jennings was routinely met at or behind the line of scrimmage and taken down quickly. Jennings was unlucky not to score on a goal line carry, his knee just touching the ground 1 yard shy of the white marker. Jennings was occasionally effective when the Giants were able to get a push up front and did pick up more meaningful gains as the game developed. Jennings had to contend with sharing the workload as Perkins got just as many carries on the ground. He should no longer be played ahead of Perkins in every game as the Giants seem willing to spread the workload more evenly amongst the two backs.

2016 Week 7 vs LA (13 / 25 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had another typically subpar performance against the Rams. It is clear at this stage that the Giants are immensely struggling to move anyone at the line of scrimmage for their running game. Jennings hasn't had much success this year on the ground in any game, with a poor yard per carry average to back this up. The Giants were not able to create many running lanes against the Rams, a typically stout defense vs the run. Jennings was tackled for a loss on many carries, and the Rams almost scored a safety as the Giants were backed up in their own endzone. He was able to pick up a big first down from a screen pass however, with nice blocks and set up from his team. Jennings also hit the goal line hard on consecutive plays in the redzone to secure the only offensive touchdown for the Giants. The Giants offensive line created a nice seal to his left and Jennings simply crashed through over the goal line. Fantasy owners should treat Jennings as a low RB 3.

2016 Week 6 vs BAL (9 / 15 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings and the Giants rushing attack was stifled on Sunday. Jennings was held to incredibly mediocre numbers as the Ravens simply did not allow the running back any room when he got the handoff. Baltimore could not be pushed around up front and practically no holes were opened for Jennings. The Ravens swallowed him up quickly at the line of scrimmage on most occasions. Jennings had some action in the passing game, mostly as a checkdown option for Manning. He showed a reliable pair of hands and was likely desperate to catch the ball with some room to work with as there was none on the ground. The Giants were not too creative with their running plays, mostly dive and basic runs left/right with a predictable tendency to run on first down.

2016 Week 2 vs NO (13 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings struggled heavily to gain yards on the ground in this game. The Giants offensive line didn't create much of a push up the middle, where Jennings took most of his carries. The Giants gave him a lot of inside handoffs and dive plays up the middle but few running lanes were created. He did manage to convert some short down and distances, which was crucial. Jennings did run with power on several occasions, knocking back defenders and falling forward to pick up as many yards as he could. Jennings also showed a nice stiff arm for an incoming defender to extend his run. Jennings wasn't much of a factor in the passing game either, getting a few checkdowns from Manning when he couldn't find open receivers downfield. The Giants struggled in the redzone heavily in an attempt to score and Vereen received a lot of the redzone work which disappointed Jennings owners but is not surprising. Jennings split time almost evenly with Vereen on the ground but Vereen tends to be a bigger factor in the passing game as it suits his skillset better. The passing game is clearly the Giants strength as an offense and Jennings' production will be lacklustre in most games as a result.

2016 Week 1 vs DAL (18 / 75 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had decent success on the ground vs the Cowboys on Sunday but played a key role in securing the Giants first victory. Jennings worked up the middle of the defense for most of the game and enjoyed above average run blocking up front. The Giants set up runs very effectively, with key blocks in the right areas that allowed Jennings to burst through into the secondary. Jennings wasn't a factor in the passing game, as he typically sticks to the ground as the starting running back. The Giants also heavily favour Vereen in passing situations which will sideline Jennings often. Jennings was often getting into the secondary untouched as he ran with good vision. Jennings wasn't much of a factor in the redzone as the Giants were relying on Manning and the passing attack as it is a strength of the team. Jennings repeatedly pushed back Dallas defenders past the line of scrimmage was the game clock was winding down, showing toughness as he picked up key first downs.


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