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Jennings gained 17 yards on seven carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

It was a quiet night for both Jennings and rookie Andre Williams, who ran for 19 yards on eight carries. For a third consecutive week, Jennings started while Williams worked as the clear No. 2 running back. Both figure to play a role in the offense, and Williams may eventually push for the starting job. Jennings figures to see more of the third-down work, but Williams could carve out a goal-line role.

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Jennings ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on five carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.

Jennings hogged the first-quarter touches, which included a 73-yard touchdown scamper. The long scoring play was largely the result of good blocking, but Jennings did well to make a defender miss, and then outrun the entire Pittsburgh defense. Andre Williams looked sharp in the second quarter and has seemingly already staked his claim to the top backup role. It looks like Williams will be a major part of the offense, but Jennings remains the likely starter.

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Jennings gained 23 yards on seven carries and 20 yards on three receptions in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Bills.

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Rashad Jennings is listed as the No. 1 running back on the Giants' unofficial depth chart.

David Wilson is No. 2, Peyton Hillis is No. 3 and fourth-round rookie Andre Williams is No. 4. It's as expected, though Williams has already gotten first-team reps with the goal-line offense. Hillis' roster spot is in grave danger. Jennings' No. 1 position is legitimate, but it would be surprising if the Giants ultimately didn't go with a committee.

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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.