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Experts weigh in on RB Jennings signing


"Jennings played this season on a one-year contract and provided unexpected production replacing oft-injured Darren McFadden. Jennings is a power runner with most of his carries between the tackles, and he is quicker than fast with a knack for gaining yards after contact. He catches the ball surprisingly well, and while he is not a game-breaker, he is a solid running back with toughness that fits the Raiders' man-blocking power style. He could be re-signed as their starter in 2014."

"This is an under-the-radar signing that could reap great dividends for the Giants, and I'm once again left to wonder what the heck the Raiders are thinking in this free-agency period. Jennings was tremendously efficient in 2013, ranking eighth in Football Outsiders' season-cumulative efficiency metrics for qualifying running backs, and fifth in per-play efficiency. He'll be an outstanding rotation back for an offense desperately looking to get back on its feet."

"Hasn't had much opportunity to start in the NFL, but as a result he also has a bit more tread on his tires than your typical 29-year-old running back. The Giants have some underlying numbers to indicate Jennings is capable of big things if given more carries than he's been given at this point in his career. If they choose to rely on him as a starter, he could explode. If David Wilson is viable and they use Jennings as a complementary back, they could find him useful for a long time to come. Another guy who may be ready to take off."

"A neck injury makes it hard for the Giants to count on running back David Wilson and Andre Brown is a free agent, which meant the Giants were a good bet to go after running backs once free agency opened."

"Again, I wouldn't sign a back. But Jennings is coming off an impressive season. The Giants need help at running back, so I get it. I prefer the draft for backs."

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