The backfield of the New York Giants has been in the headlines this past week, but for all the wrong reasons as former first round pick David Wilson was forced to retire as a result of spinal stenosis. However, the Giants should be able to move the ball on the ground this year based on what Rashad Jennings did on Saturday.
Jennings, 29, took his second carry of the night against the Pittsburgh Steelers to the house for a 73-yard touchdown run, making the Giants look awfully smart after signing Jennings in the offseason as a free agent.
Jennings was coming off a 23-yard performance on seven carries with 20 yards on three receptions in last week’s Hall of Fame Game against the Bills in his team debut.
He rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders last season and also added 36 receptions for 292 yards through the air.
With Jennings and fourth round pick Andre Williams serving as the No. 2 back in the Giants offense, they could get back to the ground-and-pound philosophy that head coach Tom Coughlin loves and used en route to two Super Bowl titles.
A well-balanced offense will make Eli Manning that much better and not forced to chuck the ball up as often as he did last year when he led the NFL in interceptions and with a confident Jennings running the rock, the G-Men ought to have that.