Rookie Andre Williams is expected to start against the Titans if Rashad Jennings can't play. Fellow rookie Orleans Darkwa would also get some snaps. It sure sounded Thursday as if Darkwa (6-0, 215) was part of the plan. The Tulane product was signed off the Miami Dolphins practice squad last month.
"He is working his way into it, he has been here a little while, he is smart, conscientious, we trust him," offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said. "He has a little different flavor back there for us. Next man up."
"He is a shiftier type guy and we like him … stay tuned. We will leave it at that," McAdoo said.
McAdoo noted that Darkwa does have "a good set of hands." With that not being Williams' strength, there is a good chance Darkwa is utilized in passing situations.
It sounds as if Williams may not have the backfield to himself if Jennings can't play. He split reps with Peyton Hillis when Jennings was out, and now it sounds as if Darkwa might fill the passing down role if Jennings can't play. Williams has not shown good hands this season after not catching a single pass as a senior at Boston College.
The Giants announced Saturday that the veteran running back, who suffered a concussion in Week 10's loss to the Seahawks, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
This is the second straight year that Hillis has been sidelined by a concussion. He missed a game last December with the same issue, also suffered against the Seahawks. He finishes the season with 26 carries for 115 yards to go with 10 receptions for 87 yards. The Giants replaced Hillis on the roster by signing linebacker Justin Anderson off the practice squad.
Hillis, 28, primarily served as a third-down back for New York.
Andre Williams will be rejoined in the backfield this week by Rashad Jennings, who is expected to return to action on Sunday against the 49ers after missing five games with an MCL sprain, the story said. The 49ers don't present a great matchup for the running game however. Jennings is expected to get the bigger workload.
On Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin sounded as optimistic as he has in weeks regarding the status of running back Rashad Jennings, who has missed four games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Coughlin said Jennings would practice in limited fashion on Wednesday, then added that he should be "ready to go" this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
"He will give our team an outstanding lift," Coughlin said.
The Giants made few moves to shore up the running back spot this week, despite injuries to Peyton Hillis (concussion) and Michael Cox (placed on season-ending injured reserve after a broken leg), although they did sign Dolphins practice squad RB Orleans Darkwa to replace Cox on the 53-man roster. Still, it seems as if they're counting on Jenning to return this week.
He'd provide an instant boost to the running game; he's a more patient runner than Andre Williams, a better receiver and blocker and, after a month of recovery, he should also be fresh come Sunday.
We're projecting Jennings to get around 16 touches in his first game back, but it's a tough matchup against the 49ers.
RB Rashad Jennings (knee) is not travelling with the Giants to Seattle. So he is out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
Jennings had not ruled himself out for Week 10 on Friday, so the hope is he'll be ready to go for Week 11. Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis will carry the load in Week 10 at Seattle in a tough matchup.