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Week 17 Outlook
Rashad Jennings cut by Giants
The New York Giants have released running back Rashad Jennings on Monday.
Jennings is the second veteran cut the Giants made on Monday -- they also released Victor Cruz. Jennings' release will save the Giants $2.5 million in cap space, while Cruz's release saved the team $7.5 million. Jennings, 31, was passed on the running back depth chart at the tail end of 2016 by rookie Paul Perkins, which likely spelled the end of his tenure in New York. Although he is on the wrong side of 30, his career will likely continue with a new club in 2017.
Rashad Jennings could be released this offseason
NJ.com's James Kratch believes New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings could be the "odd man out" of the team's backfield due to the emergence of Paul Perkins, making him a candidate to be released this offseason.
Jennings, 32, was passed on the Giants' running back depth chart at the end of the 2016 season by standout rookie Paul Perkins. As Perkins will likely enter 2017 as the starter, Jennings could become a salary cap casualty in the offseason as his role on the team has diminished. With Shane Vereen under contract as well, he could also be in the mix to be released if the Giants elect to hold on to Jennings for his "leadership and special teams play." If Jennings is cut, the Giants will save $2.5 million against the cap.
Rashad Jennings to remain with Giants next season?
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings told the media he expects to be retained by the team for 2017. “I expect to be back,” Jennings said via NJ Advance Media. “And I definitely want to be back. I’ve got one more year on my contract, and I’ve got a lot to prove. I look forward to doing it in New York again.”
Jennings, 31, believes he will remain with the Giants next season. However, if he is reteined by the team, it will likely be in a reserve role. Impending sophomore running back Paul Perkins is in line to enter 2017 as New York's starting running back. He surpassed Jennings on the depth chart late in the regular season and maintained the role in the playoffs. For Jennings, he is due $2.48 million next season and could become a salary cap casualty as the offseason progresses.
Rashad Jennings garners six touches Sunday
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings received five carries for 29 yards rushing and caught his lone target for four yards receiving in Sunday's Wild Card Playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Jennings was invisible in Sunday's loss to the Packers as he only totaled six touches for 33 yards. He is entering his contract year in 2017 and will likely serve as Paul Perkins' backup should New York retain the 31-year-old running back.
Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins to share backfield
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan believes running backs Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins "compliment each other well." Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan expects the team to "use [them] both [a] good amount" in the playoffs.
Perkins played sporadically throughout the season until he began to receive at least 11 touches per game in his last four. The rookie rusher had his breakout game in the season finale at Washington in which he received 21 carries for 102 yards. For Jennings, he struggled mightily in 2016 finishing with only 593 yards rushing and three touchdowns through 13 games played. The onus of his travails could be attributed to New York's offensive line, who entered the year ranked 20th in their position group by Pro Football Focus. For Perkins, he could solidify himself as New York's No. 1 running back for 2017 with a superior showing in the playoffs.
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