Rashad Jennings Perfect Fit for Giants Offense

It’s official, the New York Giants have finally signed their running back for the new system of Ben McAdoo in 2014. The number is four years and $14 million for the former Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars back, which seems quite fair for both sides involved.

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This will be Rashad Jennings‘ first crack at starting a season as the premiere back since entering the NFL in 2009, when he was drafted in the seventh round out of Liberty.

Early thoughts of the pick up were, “What can this guy really bring to New York? Isn’t he just a backup that has some good games here and there?” And while those questions are certainly justified as he has been featured as a backup to two household names (Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville & Darren McFadden in Oakland), looking deeper into film and statistics shows that Jennings may indeed be the missing link the Giants have been searching for since the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw in 2013.

The first thing that stands out for Jennings is his ability to fight for extra yards through the trenches. His burst of strength and speed while running between the tackles makes for an incredible addition to the depleted running attack of last season, as it seemed at times running backs could barely get out of the backfield.

Jennings also provides big play ability, most notably on his 80 yard run last season for the Raiders that opened the eyes of many NFL fans, and helped seal his standing as the starting back later in the season. He also possesses soft hands for catching out of the backfield to add an extra threat in the passing game; something the Giants haven’t had in some time.

What really makes Jennings an incredible signing however is his blocking ability during pass plays. He is a solid 6’1″, 231 pound back that is willing to stay back and take out incoming rushers to provide Eli Manning time to survey the field for an open receiver. McAdoo was looking for a back like that, as more times than not Manning was rushed in his progression and the offense suffered immensely for it.

In a recent interview with Lance Medow of Giants.com, Jennings said that he prides himself on being a “complete back” that is willing to do it all, and stresses that if a running back isn’t skilled in all facets of the position, they quite simply shouldn’t be playing the position entirely.

This signing may become one of the biggest in franchise history, even so now many casual fans still may not know exactly who he is. Look at his game tape online. He is one of the most complete players in this league, and while he isn’t considered “great” at any specific part of his game, his consistency across the board will be all the Giants need to further the offense to the heights McAdoo is dreaming about early in March.

Christian Nelson is a writer for GiantsGab.com. Add him to your network on Google to check out more of his articles. 

 


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