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RB Rashad Jennings - New York Giants

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

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Rashad Jennings will likely miss Week 3 due to a thumb injury. His status for Week 4 is unclear, and he has been reported as a game-time-decision.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Jennings (thumb) said Sunday, September 25, that he understood head coach Ben McAdoo's decision to keep him out. He said his thumb feels better and he is hopeful of returning in Week Four.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Jennings was out with a thumb injury and Orleans Darkwa ran better than Jennings had in the first two weeks. It's possible the Giants turn more to Darkwa between the tackles, although Shane Vereen's injury could create passing game work for Jennings to compensate for any lost touches.

General News (Sat Oct 1): partially participated in Saturday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Fri Sep 30): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Sep 29): partially participated in Thursday's practice. Jennings is likely to miss the Week 4 game Monday, Oct. 3, according to multiple sources.

General News (Tue Sep 27): said Sunday, Sept. 25, that he understood head coach Ben McAdoo's decision to keep him out of Week 3 action. He said his thumb feels better and is hopeful of returning in Week 4.

Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Shane Vereen has been lost for the season due to a triceps injury - fortunately for the Giants, they held Rashad Jennings out last week so he could heal up his sore thumb, and now he'll be the lead back with Orleans Darkwa (10/53/1 rushing last week with one target for 1/9/0 receiving) mixing in as the change-of-pace back. Jennings hasn't gotten going yet this season (31/102/0 rushing with four targets for 3/16/0 receiving) so if he falters we could see Darkwa move up the food chain - this situation is in flux with Vereen out. Stay tuned to's Players in the News this week to monitor how much/effectively Jennings is able to practice. The Vikings' rush D limited the Panthers to 28/105/1 last week, and now averages 84 yards rushing allowed per game (seventh in the NFL) with just two rushing scores handed out to date. They are the ninth-least giving rush D in the land when it comes to average fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, averaging just 14.8 per contest. This is a bad matchup for the injury-depleted Giants' stable of backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DAL 32 18 75 0 2 1 3 0 0 7.8
2 vs NO 34 13 27 0 2 2 13 0 0 4
4 at MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Giants | Rashad Jennings questionable (Sat Oct 1, 03:09 PM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited during practice Saturday, Oct. 1, and is listed as questionable for Week 4.

Our View: Jennings is going to be a game-time decision, and we don't think he plays against a tough Vikings defense on Monday night. Even if he does play, the matchup is tough and fantasy owners have much better options.
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Giants | Rashad Jennings limited again (Fri Sep 30, 04:37 PM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 30.

Our View: Jennings looks unlikely to play based on early week reports, but he hasn't been ruled out. If he does play Monday night, he is unlikely to play in the passing game. There's no good Giants running back play this week no matter who starts against the Vikings.
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Giants | Limited practice for Rashad Jennings (Thu Sep 29, 05:04 PM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 29.

Our View: Jennings is unlikely to play Monday night against the Vikings. We should see Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey split time at the position against a tough opponent.
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Giants | Rashad Jennings likely to sit (Thu Sep 29, 09:07 AM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is likely to miss the Week 4 game Monday, Oct. 3, according to multiple sources.

Our View: If we were facing the Vikings' defensive front behind this offensive line, we'd sit too. Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey will split the load, but we want no part of this.
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Giants | Rashad Jennings could be back Week 4 (Mon Sep 26, 02:32 PM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb), who missed Week 3 with a sprained thumb, could be ready to return against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, according to's Ian Rapoport.

Our View: The Giants held Jennings out against Washington even though he felt he could have played. With Shane Vereen out for the season, the Giants could certainly benefit from Jennings being out there. Behind Jennings, guys like Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins will compete for snaps.
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