Right up until the time he was released by the team, veteran running back Rashad Jennings kept telling anyone who asked that he expected to be back with the New York Giants in 2017. Now that he is a free agent Jennings is coming clean, indicating to NFL Network that he saw the writing on the wall during the 2016 season as rookie Paul Perkins begin to see an increased role.
"Well, I mean, could I see it coming? You always have that possibility," he said. "You could kind of see a rotation in the backfield and how we were operating that that was a possibility that could be strong. Obviously, I'm a vet in the game and I kind of see it from the business standpoint.”
Jennings led the Giants with 593 yards rushing, but averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. Perkins had more carries than Jennings in the team’s final three games.
Will Jennings, 32 next season, find another team to give him a chance?
“I always say my job every single year is to make one GM right and that's no doubt what I'll be doing this upcoming season,” he said.
"Everybody's going to have opinions. You've got a lot of people from the couch that have ideas, the Twitter world, Instagram and social media. But for me, I have to be able to look into the mirror every day. I've got a family that stays on my tail and it's for the people who love me. The people that stick with me. I stay motivated, and anybody that are haters, it doesn't make a difference. I don't hear those."