The New York Giants had a gaping hole at the running back position heading into the 2014 offseason. The void was filled quickly with the signing of Rashad Jennings.
Last season with Oakland, Jennings saw the most action of his career, carrying the ball 163 times for 733 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 292 yards.
Prior to signing Jennings, the Giants re-signed Peyton Hillis, who filled in nicely for the team after David Wilson was lost for the season in Week 5.
Wilson is a bit of a question mark for next season. He underwent serious neck surgery in the offseason and the exact timetable for his return is uncertain. He has said that he is targeting a return by training camp but his injury is the kind you have to be very careful with. Also, when he was healthy, Wilson didn’t seem to be ready for an extended role in the backfield.
Bringing back Andre Brown was another possible option for the Giants before the Jennings signing. Brown burst onto the scene when he finally returned to field for the second half of the 2013 season. He compiled two 100-yard games in his first three games back. However, Brown cooled off late in the year, rushing for over 40 yards just once in the last five games.
The concern with Brown was also his health. He missed major chunks of the last two seasons due to injuries. That could have easily been one of the major reasons the Giants eventually decided to go in a different direction.
Jennings should now immediately shift into a starting role for the Giants, with Wilson, Hillis and Michael Cox coming off the bench.