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Jennings Inks Free Agent Contract with New York Giants

March 12, 2014
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Jennings Interview from Giants.com

Following the most productive season of his NFL career, Rashad Jennings signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants today.

The Giants will be the third NFL franchise Jennings has played for. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009 and was with the team for four seasons where he rushed for 944 yards and seven touchdowns in 38 games played.

Last year, Jennings inked a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders where he became the full-time starter at running back after an injury to Darren McFadden.

Jennings used the starting role to post career-high numbers for his professional career, finishing the season rushing for 733 yards and six touchdowns. He also added 36 receptions for 292 yards and recorded two blocked punts early in the year when his primary playing opportunities were coming on special teams.

Following the season, Jennings was named Raiders.com Co-Offensive Player of the Year, along with wide receiver Rod Streater.

Jennings joins the Giants team after they finished the 2013 season ranked No. 29 in the NFL in rushing, averaging 83.3 rushing yards per game.

The Giants' top two running backs in 2013 were Andre Brown (492 yards and three touchdowns) and Peyton Hillis (247 yards and two touchdowns). Both are currently NFL free agents. Brandon Jacobs led the franchise with four rushing touchdowns in 2013, while adding 238 rushing yards, but the 10-year veteran has already announced his retirement. 

In his three seasons with the Flames (2006-08), Jennings was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year twice (2007 and 2008) and he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award during his senior campaign.

Jennings holds Liberty's program record with 42 career rushing touchdowns and ranks third in program history with 3,633 career rushing yards.

The Forest, Va., native finished his senior year at Liberty rushing for a program and Big South-record 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2008, he ranked No. 5 nationally in rushing yards per game (136.36), No. 6 in scoring (10.36 points per game) and No. 16 in average all-purpose yards per game (153.64).