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The Bergen Record's Art Stapleton suggests the Giants may use a "three-back rotation" involving Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, and rookie Andre Williams this season.

They also have Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox on the roster. Stapleton believes the theoretical three-headed monster could help "keep Jennings fresh," as the career backup will be 29 1/2 years old in Week 1, and has never handled more than 163 carries in a season. (He's also never played 16 games.) In this scenario -- based on the first practice of Giants camp -- Jennings would be the starter and lead back, Wilson would come off the bench to change the pace, and hammerhead power back Williams would vulture short-yardage work.

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The NY Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel confirms Rashad Jennings remains the Giants' top running back despite David Wilson's medical clearance.

Jennings is a capable three-down performer who excels in areas where Wilson is deficient, like pass blocking and ball security. Wilson does give the G-Men more of a big-play threat, although Samuel anticipates the 2012 first-round pick sticking to "spurts and select situations." Wilson is likely to open the season as the change-of-pace complement to lead runner Jennings.

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ESPN New York expects Rashad Jennings to lead the Giants in carries and be the team's "workhorse" at running back.

This lines up with what GM Jerry Reese said following minicamp, when he called Jennings a "bellcow type of running back." Jennings can run it between the tackles, catch the ball out of the backfield, and pick up the blitz. Although Jennings is 29, he's carried the ball just 387 times in his NFL career. There's plenty of tread on his tires. David Wilson figures to be Jennings' biggest threat once he's cleared, while Andre Williams and/or Peyton Hillis could steal some short-yardage/goal-line work. Jennings is squarely in the fantasy RB2 mix heading into camp.

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Following minicamp, Giants GM Jerry Reese referred to Rashad Jennings as a "bellcow type of back."

"We brought in Rashad Jennings and he's definitely a bellcow type of a running back," said Reese. "He can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it." It's worth noting Reese didn't commit to Jennings handling "bellcow" work; he simply referred to Jennings as a capable "bellcow type." Still, it's pretty clear the Giants envision Jennings as a three-down player, even if he ends up rotating often with Andre Williams and/or Peyton Hillis, and/or David Wilson. Jennings will be an interesting RB2 pick for fantasy owners willing to wait a bit at running back in drafts.

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Rashad Jennings is working as the first-team tailback at Giants OTAs.

Peyton Hillis is with the twos, and rookie Andre Williams is running with the third-team offense. Although 29-year-old Jennings isn't a long-term tailback solution, reliable ball security and pass protection give him the edge to open the season as New York's lead runner. He's averaging a solid 4.33 yards per carry for his career. Jennings is worth targeting in fantasy drafts as an RB2/flex.

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Coach Tom Coughlin referred to Rashad Jennings as an "all-purpose player" Wednesday.

The Giants believe Jennings is capable of being a three-down back, something that is reflected by the lack of depth behind him. David Wilson is coming off neck surgery and won't be trusted on third downs, and Peyton Hillis is no lock to even make the final roster. Jennings isn't flashy, but he's a Coughlin back because he protects the football and the quarterback. He'll also be a part of the screen game.

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Rashad Jennings' four-year deal with the Giants has a base value of $10 million.

It's below "feature back money" in this year's free agent class, as the Jaguars gave Toby Gerhart a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Jennings gets $2.98 million guaranteed with a $2.25 million signing bonus. He doesn't appear to have any guaranteed money beyond 2014. We expect Jennings to be the Giants' lead runner in 2014, but wouldn't rule out GM Jerry Reese drafting a back in May.

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The New York Daily News expects Rashad Jennings to be the Giants "No. 1 back."

David Wilson (neck surgery) is a major question mark, Peyton Hillis is depth and Andre Brown is a goner. Jennings has never entered a season as a feature back, but has shown reasonably well when given opportunities. He has 387 carries for 1,677 yards (4.33 YPC) with 13 touchdowns and 97 catches for 746 yards in a four-year career. A reliable non-fumbler and pass protector for Tom Coughlin, Jennings can be penciled in as a feature back.

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Giants agreed to terms with RB Rashad Jennings, formerly of the Raiders.

Jennings was supposed to be a free-agent priority for the Raiders, but they let him walk without much of a fight. According to CSN Bay Area, the Giants offered "a lot more." Jennings is two weeks shy of his 29th birthday, but has just 484 career touches. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season, and is an excellent pass catcher. He's a nice insurance policy for David Wilson.

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CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have made an offer to free agent Rashad Jennings.

Per reporter Fallon Smith, Jennings is "waiting on Oakland to make their move now." The Giants re-signed Peyton Hillis to a two-year, $1.8 million contract Tuesday, but definitely need another body or two in their backfield. Depending on David Wilson's health, Jennings would have lots of touches at his disposal in New York.