Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) hands off to running back Rashad Jennings (27) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Oakland Raiders 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Rashad Jennings earns increased role in Raiders offense

The Oakland Raiders have been pleasantly surprised by the production of back up running back Rashad Jennings in the absence of starter Darren McFadden, and his success in the starting line up has led head coach Dennis Allen to say that Jennings has earned an increased role in the team’s offense.

“It’s a production business,” Allen said, via the Contra Costa Times, “and when he’s had the opportunity to go in there, he has produced. When you do that, you get more opportunities.”

Allen would not say if that means Jennings can earn the full-time starting gig, but the running back is not focused on that. Instead, Jennings just wants to do whatever it takes to help his team keep racking up the wins.

“We deserve more victories than we’ve been giving ourselves,” Jennings said. “There’s no moral victories. We’re going to continue to grow as a team, no question. But we got to grow up now and learn how to close out games.”

While filling in for McFadden, Jennings has rushed for 190 yards and hauled in nine passes for 93 yards. He is certainly doing his part to help the team win, especially with some of the inconsistencies from quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

If he can keep putting up those numbers, it could only be a matter of time until he becomes a full-time starter.

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  • Glenn

    Yet the best weapon we have at FB goes wanting? How lame is our play calling ?

  • mccall316

    Good for Jennings. McFadden can walk now. Jennings and a good backup is all they need. Plus they have Reece who has Glenn mentioned needs more touches too. It would rule to draft Trey Millard from OU in the 3rd round. Ground and pound for Jennings and Reece and Millard is a freaking beast. Forget the injury, he will return.

    • Bob

      Raiders should have traded DMC and Ford for draft picks at the deadline. I don’t even care if it was two seventh rounders at this point.

  • James Holtslander

    He should be the starter, He runs hard , he wants to win, and he’s tough.

  • James Holtslander

    As Glenn said, I hated the play calling Sunday, 1st and goal on the one yard line and we pass twice ? We already had right around 100 yards rushing at that point. I don’t know how much can be blamed on Olsen though… I have been screaming at Barnes for a few years now! Plus line injuries. We probably won’t know how good our line is until jered gets back and Watson gets more xp