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RB Rashad Jennings - New York Giants

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Don't sweat Jennings box score. The Giants were taking it easy on him after a 34 carry performance only four days before the Thursday night win over Washington. The offense looks very strong, which is only good for this emerging fantasy RB1, just make sure you have Andre Williams in case he can't handle the heavy workload over time.

Week 5: vs Atlanta Falcons

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at DET 16 46 1 5 4 50 0 0
2 vs ARI 18 64 0 4 4 45 0 1
3 vs HOU 34 176 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 at WAS 13 55 0 2 1 -3 0 0
5 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 3 * * *
5 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 2 * * *
5 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom 18 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs ARI (18 / 64 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings wasn't able to accumulate a lot of rushing yards or touchdowns on Sunday against the Cardinals but he performed as well as can be expected given the game situation. The Giants used Jennings as their primary back and they were determined to stick with the run throughout the game, despite the lack of production at times. Jennings looked elusive early as he broke a tackle in the flat after a short pass from Manning and got a lot of yards after catch. Jennings isn't a supremely talented running back but has good vision and tends to choose the correct hole when sizing up the defense. Though his statistics were not very impressive, he did convert a lot of third downs on the ground for New York and had to fight at the line of scrimmage for every yard. Jennings proved to be an effective weapon in the passing game and he took a short screen pass down the sideline for a big first down. The Giants gave him the ball on the 1 yard line after a defensive penalty set them up in the redzone but Jennings simply got overwhelmed with penetration from Arizona. Jennings had a poor turnover late in the game however which was the final straw for New York. Jennings slipped as he attempted to elude a defender and fell to the ground which caused the ball to pop out from his grasp and it was subsequently picked up by Arizona. He played consistently well for the most part and gave the Giants some production on the ground but the running game is not to be feared as it stands and the whole Giants offense let a lot of points on the field on Sunday.

2014 Week 3 vs HOU (34 / 176 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings did not register a single catch on Sunday but it was not necessary as he ran all over the Houston Texans throughout the game. Jennings got a lot of simple carries up the middle out of an "I" formation and inside handoffs from the shotgun. Jennings was able to get big chunks of yards on almost every carry, thanks in large part to the play of his offensive line. The Giants offensive line run blocked extremely well for him and created big holes in the defense routinely for Jennings to run into. Jennings was patient and used his good vision to exploit the defense as its most vulnerable point. Jennings consistently made great plays up the middle for New York and almost always fell forward as he hit the pile. Jennings was rarely stuffed or taken down in the backfield and defenders were kept off him frequently until he was able to get some momentum going. Jennings' touchdown came on the third consecutive handoff on the goal line in the redzone. The offensive line for the Giants created a big hole on the right side for Jennings who easily walked into the endzone untouched after being denied entrance the two plays previous. Jennings was also a big factor on stretch plays to the outside, using one cut to accelerate to the sideline and then turning upfield for big gains. Jennings simply provided the Giants with a consistent way to convert many third downs and was invaluable to their success on Sunday. He kept the Giants on the field many times as he ploughed for first downs up the middle again and again. Jennings' role was simple but Manning also had success throwing the football which further kept the Texans defense honest and confused as to what was going to happen next.

2014 Week 4 vs WAS (13 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had significantly fewer number of carries this week against Washington and was less productive as a result but most of this is unrelated to his performance on the field. The Redskins seemed determined to stop the running back on Thursday and stacked the box at the line of scrimmage frequently early on. The Redskins had less respect initially for Manning and the passing game. This resulted in few holes for Jennings to work with on the ground but really opened up things in the passing game. The Giants took advantage of the vulnerable Redskin secondary and the running game was less of a factor this week. Jennings still ran tough and gave everything he had on the ground. He got many inside handoffs from the shotgun and used his vision well to pick out the weak spots when they presented themselves. Jennings got many carries in the redzone for the Giants but just couldn't quite get close enough for a score. Jennings should have scored a touchdown in the redzone on a simple checkdown pass out of the backfield from Manning but he dropped the pass and it fell incomplete. The Redskins secondary was a lot stronger against the run than the passing game and Jennings shared a lot of carries with teammate Williams also which hurt his production. The Giants also scored so many points and got a lot of turnovers so Jennings was not quite needed as much on the field and the Giants kept him on the bench for a rest once the game was out of hand.

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Latest News

Giants | Could use Andre Williams more (Wed Sep 24, 06:39 PM) - The New York Giants could use RB Andre Williams more in Week 4 if the team gets an early lead and has to rely on the running game, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN New York. The team is monitoring RB Rashad Jennings after he carried the ball 34 times in Week 3, and believe he will be at full strength, but with the short week the team could rely on Williams a bit more.

Our View: Williams is a powerful rookie who makes his living between the tackles. We could see the Giants mix in a bit more of Williams in short-yardage and goal-line situations. He's not a receiving option out of the backfield.
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Schedule

5vs Atlanta Falcons
6@ Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Dallas Cowboys
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Seattle Seahawks
11vs San Francisco 49ers
12vs Dallas Cowboys
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs Washington Redskins
16@ St. Louis Rams
17vs Philadelphia Eagles