Raiders | Rashad Jennings primed for bigger workload
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:25:08 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Rashad Jennings is expected to be the lead running back in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers with RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) unlikely to play. Jennings rushed 14 times for 45 yards and had eight catches for 71 yards in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. At the beginning of the season, head coach Dennis Allen envisioned Jennings as a "thumper," or physical complement to McFadden. Jennings has impressed offensive coordinator Greg Olson with his work ethic and physical style of running; Jennings is a "fitness nut" and sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber to increase blood oxygen and promote healing. "He seems to be a tougher player, a tougher runner than I saw a year ago," Olson said. "It's not that he was a poor player by any means, but I just didn't see the physicality that he has shown so far here in Oakland." Week 5 could see Jennings, FB Marcel Reece and RB Jeremy Stewart share carries out of the backfield.
Jennings is your best bet to start, even over Reece, because of his pass-catching abilities. Jennings should be owned everywhere as a handcuff to McFadden, and he makes for a solid bye week filler this weekend.
Source: San Jose Mercury News - Jerry McDonald