Jun 18, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) carries the ball during New York Giants mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Giant’s Rashad Jennings to be workhorse running back


The New York Giants were not quite sure what they were going to do heading into the 2014 season at running back. They signed Rashad Jennings in free agency and are hoping that 2012 first round pick, David Wilson, can return from his neck injury. According to ESPN New York‘s Dan Graziano, Jennings will be the featured back this season.

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Graziano believes that Jennings will be the workhorse running back for the Giants and will lead the team in carries provided he stays healthy. He believes the Giants like Jennings as a between the tackles runner and as a receiver out of the backfield. It will be a tall task for the five year veteran.

Jennings has previously played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and last year played for the Oakland Raiders. In his five seasons he has rushed for 1,677 yards total, seasonal stats for some running backs. He has 387 career carries. If the report of his role with the Giants is accurate he could stand to have his best professional season in 2014.

Jennings has a history of injuries. He missed all of the 2011 season due to a concussion and then a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve, at the end of the 2012 season he was place again on IR for a shoulder injury.

The Giants are hoping someone can stay healthy to help an offense that sputtered last season. David Wilson was supposed to be their future back but a neck injury ended his season last year. He has yet to be cleared to practice.

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