| Running Back, New York Giants
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|Draft: 2009 Round 7 (41)
Ht: 6’1” Wt: 228 DOB: 1985-03-26 Age: 31
|After barely seeing the ball as a rookie in 2009, Jennings carved out a solid role for him in 2010, doubling his touches from 55 to 110 and gaining 459 yards on the ground to go along with 223 receiving yards and scoring four touchdowns. Having shown some big play ability, Jennings was expected to earn an even bigger role in 2011 with Maurice Jones-Drew having knee problems entering the season but a severely sprained knee ended his year in the preseason. Entering 2012, Jennings has a solid grasp on the backup role behind MJD and could establish himself as a decent flex play given the lack of proven talent amongst the teamís skill position players. Did we mention that a MJD holdout is a possibility?
|Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz cut by Giants -- Mon Feb 13 2:00 pm --|
Giants clearing cap space
|The team released popular wide receiver Victor Cruz, the team announced Tuesday, marking the end of one of the more entertaining and improbable careers in Giants history.
The team also released running back Rashad Jennings. Cruz was due to earn $6.4 million in base salary in 2017 and $7.4 million in 2018 on his contract with the Giants. (Newsday)|
FF Today's Take: Cruz had a limited role in the Giants offense last season (30 rec, 586 yds, 1 TD)... his first season since tearing his patellar tendon in 2014. He'll hit the free agent market looking for a No.2 role but will likely have to settle for something less. Jennings saw his snaps decline to rookie Paul Perkins towards the end of 2016. Perkins as the inside track on lead RB duties for the Giants next season.
|Giants to stick with RBBC -- Thu Jan 5 5:15 pm --|
Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings expected to split carries
|Giants OC Mike Sullivan says Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings complement each other well. Expect the Giants to use both a good amount. (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This makes perfect sense, as Jennings has 198 yards rushing on 66 carries since the start of December, while Perkins has 309 yards on 69 attempts over the same five-game stretch. A recent re-commitment to the running game has allowed the Giants to move up to 29th in the league in rushing, so it is fair to say owners should be shying away from this duo in playoff leagues anyway. This news just makes starting either one less attractive than it already was.
|Giants not resting anyone in Week 17? -- Wed Dec 28 11:00 am --|
Rashad Jennings: 'Everyone is going to play Sunday'
|Locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC, the New York Giants have little but rivalry and pride to play for Sunday against the Washington Redskins. In those situations, many teams rest key starters.
It doesn't sound like that's going to be Ben McAdoo's approach in his first season as coach.
To ensure his team is "ascending" into the playoffs, the Giants practiced as normal on Tuesday, and there was no talk of resting players. "Yes. Everyone is going to play Sunday," running back Rashad Jennings said, via ESPN.com.
FF Today's Take: Despite Rashad Jennings' assurances, fantasy owners need to keep things in perspective. HC Ben McAdoo appears to be keeping his players on a normal schedule but that doesn't mean he will be playing his starters into the second half and risking injury prior to the post season. This type of guessing game makes it very tough to trust any of Big Blue's main cogs this week
| Vereen re-injures triceps -- Mon Dec 19 6:40 pm --|
Same injury cost him nine games earlier this season
|HC Ben McAdoo on RB Shane Vereen: "Shane re-injured his triceps. It's unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was." (Art Stapleton on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Vereen only saw five touches in the two games he returned for, so he wasn't exactly being asked to take over his early-season role, which had him working as the lead back at times. He's likely to be placed on IR shortly. Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins will likely continue sharing work in his absence, but neither back should be expected to emerge as a fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.
| Shane Vereen makes quick return to practice -- Wed Dec 14 1:05 pm --|
|Giants running back Shane Vereen was present at practice Wednesday afternoon, just four days after he suffered a concussion. The Giants have not yet released Vereen's participation status for the session, so it is unclear where he stands in the NFL's concussion protocol. But his presence on the field is an encouraging sign for the team as they begin preparation for Sunday's home game against the NFC North-leading Lions. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Shane Vereen's retun to practice this quickly is definitely a good sign of his progress within the concussion protocol. Despite Rashad Jennings' role as the lead horse in New York's backfield owners in PPR leagues may want to pay attention to status reports later in the week as Vereen fits in well with the high efficiency passing scheme being deployed by New York in recent weeks.
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