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Summer Q&A with RB Rashad Jennings

Posted Jul 22, 2016

Giants.com chats with players for a Summer Q&A about all things Big Blue:   

Get excited. July is the last month without NFL games.

As you -- and Giants players -- enjoy summer vacations, the 2016 season is right around the corner. After reporting for training camp on July 28, the Giants will open the preseason on Aug. 12 vs. Miami and kick off Week 1 at Dallas on Sept. 11.

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Leading up to the team's return to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, Giants.com caught up with some members of the team for a quick Q&A about all things Big Blue.  

Today, we have:

RB Rashad Jennings

Q: What does “evolution, not revolution” mean to players?

A: You know, we have a good team, there’s no question about that. We look around, we know we’re a good team. We don’t need to blow anything up, we just need to continue to progress, pick up the pieces where we left off, fill in the gaps and the holes from last year and continue to go. We’re close. Most games that we lost last year were very close in the fourth quarter, and eliminating those self-inflicted wounds, we’re going to be right where we need to be. 

Q: In your group you’re kind of the senior guy now, and you’re the guy that can have a big influence. How important is leadership?

A: It’s hugely important to have leadership. You need a visual of somebody that you can mimic, that you can follow, that you can go to, get advice, to help you mold your craft, to push you to mold your craft, and lead by example, and I’ve definitely embraced that role.

Q: Now that you’ve been here for a few years, what does “Giants Pride” mean to you?

A: Carrying the pride of wearing that logo on the side of your helmet, that means a lot. It means a lot to the fans, this city, organization, it means a lot to the NFL. You know, there’s so much history here of winning championships. That’s what the Giants are accustomed to doing, and carrying that tenacity on the field… and carrying that type of humility off the field, I think all that encompasses what Giants pride is.

Q: How important is it to give back to the community?

A: It’s hugely important to give back. And I often say that it is an awesome responsibility to give back to your community. As a pro athlete, and especially as a New York Giant, you are in the mecca of everything. You have an opportunity to reach so many different lives. And you know, I always say there’s nothing special about us, we’re just in a special position to carry on a tradition, and we should all utilize that if we can.

Q: Victor Cruz has been through his share of adversity recently. What does he bring to the team?

A: He’s a huge factor in this offense. He’s a huge factor to this team. He’s a guy that brings energy to the practice field, and most definitely to the game. On Sundays, Thursdays and Mondays, he shows up. He’s a guy who is a leader by example. Victor Cruz is also a guy that works hard when nobody else is watching. And he means a lot to this team because he’s a big part of it. He can catch the ball, he can run with the ball, and he also does a great job of blocking. And so when you add in all of those factors with the guys that we have on this team, he is a big difference maker.

Q: What have you learned from your quarterback, Eli Manning?

A: Eli is the same guy every single day. He never changes. And what that is is a guy who works extremely hard. He’s a 'first in, last out' kind of a guy. And he wants to take every single reason for failure and shine success on everyone else. And he has so much humility, and with all that talent, you know he’s the kind of guy that you want to go fight for and play with.