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New York Giants’ Rashad Jennings Will Prove Himself Worthy of Being A No.1 Back

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The former NCAA Division I-FCS running back from a little school in Lynchburg, VA called Liberty University knows what it’s like being a little fish in a big pond.

New York GiantsRashad Jennings was the No. 250 pick in the 2009 NFL by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jennings went from the Jaguars to the Oakland Raiders and finally had his opportunity to shine when Raiders’ Darren McFadden went down with an injury. Following his breakout season in 2013, he inked a contract with the Giants, and now the NFL long shot finally has a chance to be the featured back on the Giants’ depth chart.

On Mar. 12, Jennings signed a four-year, $14 million contract for the Giants. Don’t let the draft position fool you — Jennings can play and I even picked him up mid-season on one of my fantasy football teams in testament to his upside and value. Jennings is a dual-threat back who is also a nice option in the passing game. Along with 733 yards and six scores on the ground last season, he also had 36 receptions and 292 yards in the air, and that is a nice little bonus to whatever he already contributes on the ground.

With Peyton Hillis injured and David Wilson gone, it’s up to Jennings to carry the load for the G-Men is 2014. Jennings, along with rookie Andre Williams, could be a very underrated duo if the Giants’ offensive line can hold up over the course of a full season. Jennings now has a chance to be the main guy in a big city and the unknown rookie out of Liberty has a chance to make a name for himself and even put his school on the map.

At $3.5 million a year, Jennings has a chance to be one of the best running backs in terms of value and contract. The Giants made a great signing with Jennings, and now it’s up to a small-town guy to play big on the New York stage.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.