Jennings excited to work with McFadden

Jennings excited to work with McFadden
April 11, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Former Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings filled in for an injured Maurice Jones-Drew in 2012. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Newly-acquired Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings describes himself as a "complete back."

"A back that can protect the quarterback, pick up the offense," Jennings said on a conference call with Bay Area writers Thursday afternoon. "A running back that can catch out of the backfield, a running back that can get you first downs, a running back that can get you the long plays; an every-down back.

"That's what I hold myself to."

Jennings, 28, was a seventh-round draft pick of Jacksonville in 2009 and is familiar with new Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who was the Jaguars' quarterbacks coach last season. Jennings was signed to apparently backup Darren McFadden after Mike Goodson signed with the New York Jets and Taiwan Jones made the switch to cornerback.

"He's explosive. A patient runner," Jennings said of McFadden. "He knows the game and I'm excited to work with him."

McFadden missed four games last season due to an ankle sprain and missed nine in 2011 due to a Lisfranc injury.

Last year, the 6-foot-1, 231-pound Jennings replaced Maurice Jones-Drew when he was injured against the Raiders. Jennings rushed for 44 yards on 21 carries and grabbed a season-high seven passes for 58 yards in the 26-23 Jaguars loss in Oakland. He finished the season with 282 rushing yards on 101 carries, 19 catches for 130 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

According to Associated Press, Jennings is one of 10 players since 2000 to average less than 3.0 yards per carry on at least 100 rushes in a season based on his 2012 numbers, this after missing 2011 with a knee injury.

Jennings said he also talked to Green Bay and Denver before signing with the Raiders. So what popped into his head when the subject of the Raiders came up?

"Tradition pops in my head," he said. "An excellent, great fan base pops in my head. An eager and hungry team pops in my head. I think about blue collar, dirt, fighting, dirty yards. I think about backyard football when I think about the Raiders."