Giants Release RB Rashad Jennings

This is shaping up to be a busy day for the Giants. The G-Men are releasing former starting running back Rashad Jennings, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). "<strong

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Jennings was set to carry a cap charge of $3MM. By releasing him, the Giants will save $2.5MM.

The veteran running back was brought to New York in 2014 with the idea that he would be the team’s workhorse in the backfield. Instead, injuries held him back in two of his three seasons. In 2016, he averaged a paltry 3.3 yards per rush on 181 carries. Jennings made a name for himself in 2013 with the Raiders when he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and scored a career-high six touchdowns. Now on the verge of his 32nd birthday, it’s fair to wonder if he can get back to that level of production.

The Giants are now expected to turn to youngster Paul Perkins to hold down the running back job. As it stands, the Giants also have veteran Shane Vereen on the books for one more year at a roughly $5MM cap charge.

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6 comments on “Giants Release RB Rashad Jennings

  1. XFLbetterthanNFL

    Good candidate for an RB2 somewhere. No more starting for him, can’t hack it.

  2. Dave Pond

    Good dude – high-character guy. Like to see him in Dallas behind Zeke as a #2/3 and mentor.

  3. Decius

    I hate to hear players get criticized for not being healthy. I am disappointed when Giants players get hurt, but you have to be almost superhuman to not get hurt in the NFL today. No matter how much you workout or prepare for the physicality of the game, the body wasn’t meant to incur that much violence. Going forward, I will be disappointed when Giant players get hurt, but I will not fault them for it. None of us would last more than a play or two. Let’s be honest.

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