Rashad Jennings ready to be Giants feature RB

Running back | Rashad Jennings

With the starting running back job in New York finally his, Rashad Jennings is out to win a championship while proving he's an every-down back.

When the New York Giants signed Rashad Jennings on the first day of free agency, they did so with the expectation that he would come in and contribute as the lead running back.

And without much competition, Jennings says this is just the opportunity he has been waiting for after spending his last four seasons as a backup behind Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland.

"It's a great opportunity to be on such a prestigious team, to be back on the east coast, an opportunity to showcase once again the talent that I have," he said on Tuesday. "I want to win a championships and this is a great place to do it."

While with Jacksonville and Oakland, Jennings spent most of his time as a third-down back or in goal-line situations with the occasional start mixed in. In New York, Jennings says he wants to show that he's an every-down back.

"Something I always pride myself on is being a complete back," he said. "That's never coming off the field. First down, second down, third down, fourth-and-short, goal line, pass protection…just molding and perfecting my craft of becoming a complete back is something that I'm going to continue to strive for as long as I'm in the NFL."

In 15 games last season with Oakland, Jennings showed that he has the potential to be an every-down back. He rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns on just 163 carries. Jennings showed the ability to catch passes, too, recording 36 receptions for 292 yards. While he has no real competition now, Jennings could split time with David Wilson later this season. Wilson is currently recovering from a fusion of his vertebrae after suffering a neck injury last season. It's uncertain if Wilson will ever play again, but if he is able to return Jennings believes the duo could be a great one—although he believes every back on the team can contribute this season.

"As far as a one-two punch, that's something we're going to strive to become," he said. "He brings an element to the game that's unique and special. I think every other running back brings something unique and special to this offense. We'll see how time plays itself out but I definitely want every running back to contribute as much as they possibly can."

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