Remember when Rashad got traded to the Colts on April 1st? Those two minutes where you aren't really sure if you are getting punked or if you really just lost a player you thought had a lot of potential are terrifying. You laugh, swallowing back the worry lump in your throat and mutter, "Oh Rashad. You just stop it."
Fast forward a few months and we have Chris Johnson saying, "Rashad Jennings? Who's that?" Rashad Jennings seems to be a breath of fresh air even if MJD comes back tomorrow. Fans love seeing their players having a desire to play that surpasses a desire for more money. Granted, the NFL is a business and these guys are trying to establish a quality of life for themselves and their families for years to come. Most fans get that. We just don't want to hear anything about "I gotta feed my family." Please. Feeding your family and Rolls-Royce PhantomS are completely different.
Chris Johnson's question is fair, though. After all, not many people keep up with Liberty University Football. After missing the entire 2011 season, Rashad seems primed to explode on to the scene. After what Coach Mularkey did with former second string running back Micheal Turner, there is no reason to believe that he cant utilize Rashad in the same way. When the new Falcons regime took over in 2008, a rookie Quarterback, a newly formed starter at running back, and a first time head coach led the Falcons to an 11-5 record and the playoffs.
If and when MJD comes back, our chances are even better. All offenses are better when they have that second punch. Rashad could be a knock out punch. Remember he's only had a handful of big usage games. In those games he has done very well (dont look up the Redskins game from 2010.) The close out to the 2010 season ended up with Jennings rushing 22 times for 108 yards and a touchdown while also receiving 4 balls for 34 yards. He's a career 5.4 yards per carry guy and that should improve if he can work with something that closely resembles a passing game. It's nice that the Jaguars cupboard isn't empty while MJD tries to renegotiate his contract. If nothing else, missing MJD will help the team concentrate on the passing game which cant be a bad thing. The first game is less than two weeks away. It will be interesting to see what Rashad Jennings can do, even if it is only the pre-season. I'm glad that Jennings isn't a Colt or the running back position would look much more grim.