| Rashad Jennings limited Friday -- Fri Sep 30 7:00 pm --|
Likely a gametime decision
|Running back Rashad Jennings was a limited participant in Friday's practice as he deals with a thumb injury that sidelined him in Week 3. McAdoo said Jennings is progressing, but a decision about the running back's status may not come until game day. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings was inactive last week because the Giants were worried about his ability to catch and pass protect. The Giants and Vikings play Monday night so we should learn a bit more about Jennings' status on Saturday.
| Jennings unlikely to play Monday night -- Thu Sep 29 8:00 am --|
|New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is unlikely to play on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple sources. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Coaches are still worried about Jennings' ability to catch the ball and pass protect with a cast on his thumb. Expect a committee approach with Orleans Darkwa being the lead back. Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins could receive touches as well. Darkwa is a Flex option only against a difficult Vikings defense.
| Rashad Jennings expects to practice tomorrow -- Wed Sep 28 5:04 pm --|
|Jennings missed Sunday's loss to the Redskins with a thumb injury, but he said his thumb feels much better, and he anticipates being a full participant in practice. He won't know for sure, though, until Thursday, and the final decision lies with the team's medical staff. But Jennings is approaching this week as he would any other.
FF Today's Take: This is encouraging news for a Giants backfield that has been hit hard by injuries. Rashad Jennings would get the starting nod if he can return to practice Thursday and not suffer any setbacks. Orleans Darkwa will still be mixed in and may be the favorite for goal line carries if the team wants to limit Jennings' exposure to hits on his injured thumb.
| Giants forced to look to Paul Perkins -- Tue Sep 27 11:00 am --|
Rookie RB "ready to step up"
|Orleans Darkwa ran well against the Redskins, with 10 carries for 53 yards. Diminutive Bobby Rainey can duplicate some of Vereen’s skills as a pass-catcher — though he has had fumbling issues in his career — and rookie Paul Perkins, a fifth-round pick from UCLA, will have to be brought along.
HC Ben McAdoo said, "Perkins is ready to step up." Asked how he will replace Vereen, McAdoo said "by committee." (New York Post)|
FF Today's Take: With Shane Vereen down for most if not all of the season and Rashad Jennings dealing with a thumb injury, the Giants will likely activate Perkins in Week 4 and get him some touches. He's a RB4 with additional dynasty value.
| Shane Vereen out for the year, triceps injury -- Mon Sep 26 1:15 pm --|
Giants lose leading rusher
|Giants running back Shane Vereen is out for the season with a triceps injury, the team announced today. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Rashad Jennings missed Week 3 with a thumb injury and now Vereen is lost for the season. Orleans Darkwa isn't the receiving threat Vereen is and the Giants expressed concerns of Jennings' ability to catch with a cast on his thumb so it remains to be seen how the backfield duties will be split moving forward. Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins round out the depth chart.
| Rashad Jennings expected to be inactive -- Sun Sep 25 8:45 am --|
Shane Vereen expected to start
|Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) will be a surprise spectator today. After early optimism, he’s expected to be out vs. Redskins. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings has been dealing with a thumb injury and was previously reported he would wear a cast. However, with him on the sidelines Shane Vereen slides into the starting role and becomes a nice RB2 against the Redskins. Orleans Darkwa and perhaps rookie Paul Perkins could also see snaps.
| Rashad Jennings to play with cast on thumb -- Sat Sep 24 10:00 am --|
|All week, Rashad Jennings has been confident his injured left thumb wouldn’t prevent him from facing the Redskins, but the Giants are listing their starting running back as questionable to play Sunday. “He’s continuing to try to work around that,” Sullivan said of Jennings’ injury. “It’s something that’s not natural. He’s used to doing that without the cast. … It’s definitely an adjustment that we have great confidence he’ll be able to make.” (New York Post)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings is expected to play but given the fact Shane Vereen split carries with Jennings last week, its difficult to trust Jennings as an RB2. Both backs have Flex appeal in the matchup with Washington.
|Are the Giants ditching RBBC? -- Tue Aug 2 2:00 pm --|
RB coach wants better rhythm to running game
|The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year. (SNY.tv)|
FF Today's Take: This is kind of news tidbit that can spike a player's ADP. Reading into The RB coaches comments, the initial gameplan is less bodies in the committee with Jennings operating as the lead back, Shane Vereen working on third downs and in the two-minute offense, and Andre Williams giving Jennings a breather when needed. At 31 years-old, Jennings durability will be a big question mark but his share of expected touches appears to be increasing.