The New York Giants desperately needed to make some moves at running back this offseason. With many questions surrounding their backfield, headlined by David Wilson‘s questionable status following neck surgery, the Giants have come through on the first day of free agency in 2014.
Tuesday didn’t start off on an extremely high note for the G-Men, but the re-signing of Peyton Hillis at least added some depth to roster. Hillis was re-upped for a modest $1.8 million and you have to think he’ll act as an insurance policy for the Giants once again in 2014.
But the Giants second move of the day has everyone talking. I’m of course talking about the signing of RB Rashad Jennings.
The soon-to-be 29-year old has tweeted out that he’ll sign in New York, but the deal hasn’t officially been announced. Obviously that means financial terms of the deal are unavailable at current time, however, we can safely assume that Jennings is not going to break the bank (he didn’t even make a mil last year).
So given that no one really knows what to expect from Wilson upon his return from injury, it makes the signing of Jennings all the more important for New York. They now have a guy in the backfield they can rely on for 4.3 yards per carry (according to his career average).
Jennings is easily coming off his best season as a pro, as he rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns in Oakland last season. Can he turn up the volume and hit the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career in New York? It’s very possible.
As it sits right now, Rashad Jennings is the Giants’ starting RB. Best case scenario, he won’t have to be the No. 1 guy, though. If Wilson comes back healthy, he and Jennings should make quite the one-two punch.