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Will RB Rashad Jennings return this week, and what would that mean for Andre Williams?**


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Speaking on a conference call on Monday, coach Tom Coughlin was optimistic that Jennings will return this week against San Francisco, saying, "we certainly do expect that he will be ready at the end of this week, but who knows? I can't tell you 100 percent, but I think he will, and if he is ready, then obviously he will have a big share of the load." Jennings has missed the last four games since suffering a knee injury in Week 5 after rushing for 396 yards to start the season, including 176 vs. Houston in Week 3. In his place, rookie Andre Williams has shouldered the load, but a Jennings return would be "good to have that 1-2 punch" back, as quarterback Eli Manning said yesterday.

Will the Giants sign another running back?

Unfortunately, the Giants lost fellow running backs Peyton Hillis (concussion) and Michael Cox (fractured leg) on Sunday, which could lead to the Giants needing to add someone to bolster the position. While the team awaits their health status, the Giants, who currently do not have a running back on the practice squad, could look to a player.

Odell Beckham Jr. has looked impressive, but how does his rookie season compare historically?

After posting 108 yards in Seattle and 156 the week before against Indianapolis, Beckham has a chance this Sunday to become the first rookie in Giants history with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games. In Week 9 against the Colts, Beckham became only the third Giants rookie to record at least eight catches and 150 receiving yards, joining Earnest Gray (1979) and Mark Bavaro (1985). On the NFL landscape, this has been a big year for rookie wide receivers. Not including Beckham, who has three touchdowns, seven rookie wide receivers have at least five touchdowns, which are already the most in any season in NFL history.

Who is the punt returner: Beckham, Preston Parker, or Rueben Randle?

It's a combination of all of them for a combination of reasons. Beckham is officially listed as the primary punt returner, followed by Parker and Randle in that order.

However, Randle has handled most of the duties the last few weeks as the rookie Beckham continues to develop in the offense. Randle, while not posting the most explosive numbers (he averages 7.8 yards on 44 career returns with 43 fair catches), has proven to be sure-handed on punts. The kick return outfit has also been a collective effort as special teams coordinator Tom Quinn has said he talks with Coughlin to see which player they want out there depending on the flow of the game.

Will there be any changes on the offensive line when Geoff Schwartz returns?

The offseason acquisition has spent the entire year so far on injured reserve/designated for return after suffering a dislocated toe in August. He has been eligible to return to game action since the bye but remains sidelined while the Giants continue to lengthen his workload in practices. Meanwhile, the Giants have started the same offensive line in every game this season, producing up-and-down results like the team as a whole.  We'll wait to see what the Giants do when he is cleared to return, but Schwartz did start four preseason games at left guard before the injury and is one of the most experienced players on the line.

photos that tell the story of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks

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