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New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Rashad Jennings is Kind of an Intense Guy

May 18th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! As we head into another offseason lull, we present you the following headlines to enjoy over your final weekend coffee. Enjoy.

Eli Manning Thinks Peyton Stole 'Omaha' From Him

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put Omaha in the spotlight during the NFL playoffs with his frequent shouts at the line of scrimmage. But his younger brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, claims Peyton wasn't the first in the family to call attention to Nebraska's largest city.

"I think he stole it. It's a word we've used a lot. I think it means a similar thing there in Denver. It's okay we're always trying to help each other out. I've taken some plays and some tips from Peyton over the years," Eli told HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday.

Where Are the Giants Going with the Fullback Position in New Offense?

The fullback position may eventually be an endangered species. Some NFL offenses have even completely eliminated it from their roster. The Denver Broncos, whose offense rewrote the record book, didn't have a fullback on their roster last season. They seemed to do alright.

But despite it being a copycat league, the Giants aren't ready to follow, even though they're installing a new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo. They currently have fullbacks Henry Hynoski and John Conner on the roster. Hynoski was re-signed this offseason to a deal that could be worth $1 million if he makes the team.

"[The new offense] does a lot of stuff with what Green Bay has done," Hynoski said Tuesday night at the United Way of New York City's Gridiron Gala. "But there is stuff tailored to be what the NY Giants are, what are team demeanor is, what our physical attributes are. So it's going to be a little mixture of both.

"The fullback is involved. We'll see as we progress how much and the exact ways we're going to be used."

The Dork Diet and Geek Streak of Giants RB Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings is a dork. A nerd. A total geek.

Those are the words the newly signed New York Giants running back uses to describe himself, despite the fact the 6-foot-1, 230-pound NFL athlete couldn’t look any further from the definition of dork if he tried. Explains Jennings, “I’m the guy who everyone likes to clown and joke. I do things differently. I wear weird, funky socks.”

But it’s not just Jennings’ choice in hosiery that separates him from his fellow footballers. The former Oakland Raider also maintains a strict, all-organic, gluten-free, casein-free diet, meaning he doesn’t consume any conventionally grown food, wheat, or dairy. The 29-year-old Liberty grad, who played in Jacksonville for four seasons before spending a year in Oakland, also sleeps in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, gets his blood tested regularly for nutrient deficiencies, and eagerly seeks out sports-medicine alternatives like acupuncture and Muscle Activation Technique that many guys in the NFL wouldn’t even consider. “They think it’s hilarious,” says Jennings of his teammates’ opinions of his health regimen. “The guys, they start with laughter, but they always end with curiosity. They’ll start asking me, ‘What’s your chef’s number and can teach me your routine?’”


Tags: Ben McAdoo, Eli Manning, Football, Henry Hynoski, John Conner, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Peyton Manning, Rashad Jennings

2 Responses to “New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Rashad Jennings is Kind of an Intense Guy”

  1.  GIANTT says:

    I never realized how difficult it is to define your dietary intake and restrict it to a very limited menu until a family member undertook a vegetarian diet eliminating many additives that most of us dont even think about .Most of us pick up food and just eat it , but when you are as particular as Jennings to keep yourself in football shape AND keep a lot of junk out of your diet is almost a full time job .
    Hes a rookie and he has a hyperbaric oxygen chamber ? Yup the kid is a real dork , if by dork you mean a man who is really concerned about taking care of his body
    Ah , breakfast , my usual cold pizza and a beer – breakfast of champions . In case any of you are worried about my lack of fruit
    Its Corona and I have lime , after all I dont want to get scurvy .

  2.  rlhjr says:

    Fitness geek.

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