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NFL free agent update: Rashad Jennings joins New York Giants

Rashad Jennings joins New York Giants
Rashad Jennings joins New York GiantsPhoto by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Last season, Rashad Jennings took over the Oakland Raiders starting running back job from the injured Darren McFadden and looked like a star. According to ESPN on March 11, Jennings is signing a new deal with the New York Giants.

In his first year with the Raiders, Jennings played in 15 games and finished the season with 733 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 292 more yards. Prior to that, Jennings played three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars as Michael Turner’s backup.

While he hopes to get a chance to start in New York, he joins a crowded backfield. Last season, the Giants had Andre Brown, David Wilson, Michael Cox, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs on the roster. The team combined for a total of 1,332 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Wilson, a first round NFL Draft pick in 2012, only played in five games in 2013 and hopes to win the starting job, but his competition will now be even greater with Jennngs joining the team. This might also mark the end of the road for unrestricted free agent Andre Brown with the New York Giants.

Peyton Hillis just re-signed with the Giants as a backup.