Even with the addition of Rashad Jennings, the New York Giants have a multitude of questions at the running back position. Will David Wilson return to health and be able to contribute on the field in 2014? Can Peyton Hillis handle the workload if Jennings goes down? Is Michael Cox experienced enough to be a consistent option?
Needless to say, there's a lot of uncertainty facing brand new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, but Rashad Jennings hopes he has some solutions for Big Blue. For the first time in his career he's poised to be the No. 1 man, and although he realizes a healthy Wilson would likely lead to split carries, his goal is to be a complete, every-down back for the Giants — something they haven't had in quite some time.
"Something I always pride myself on is being a complete back," Jennings said earlier this week. "That’s never having to come 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. What I bring to the table is completion."
Even with aspirations of becoming the every-down back, Jennings understands the best case scenario for the Giants would be a well-established mix of every unique skill the current group offers. And with a brand new running backs coach Craig Johnson leading the way, Jennings feels — so long as the group is healthy — they can be one of the more dynamic units in the NFL.
"This backfield has a lot of talent. We’re mixed with veterans, young guys… a good mix. Great running backs coach, Craig Johnson. We’re going to mesh into the system. They’re throwing the book at us right now so we’re going to spend a lot of extra time as a unit, breaking it down and seeing how we can fit," Jennings said. "But as far as a one-two punch, that’s something we’re going to strive to become. [David Wilson] 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."
The possibilities are intriguing and exciting, but there's still a long way to go before we see this potential realized. And it all starts with Wilson getting a clean bill of health.
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