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Jennings going to great lengths to succeed

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 6:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

NAPA – When Rashad Jennings entered the league, he did what most rookies do when they get their first chunk of money. He indulged in a big-ticket purchase.
Instead of a house for his mother or a fancy car for himself, though, Jennings bought a hyperbaric chamber as a means of helping his body recover quicker and better from the rigors of football.
“I bought one in my rookie year instead of buying a car because I knew this was going to prolong my career,” Jennings said.
Sure enough, the day Jennings arrived here for his first training camp with the Raiders, Jennings unloaded the hyperbaric chamber from his car and hauled it up to his hotel room.
The device allows Jennings to sleep in an oxygen-rich environment, which promotes healing of his body. He also is on a gluten-free diet, eats organic foods, stretches every night and delves in yoga, Pilates, acupuncture, whatever has the ability to give him an edge.
The 4-foot-by-9-foot sleeping chamber also tends to make a ton of noise. Hence, Jennings is going solo this year, whereas his teammates share a room with one other player.
In Jennings, the Raiders are confident that they found a back that can make some noise as a replacement for departed veteran Mike Goodson, who served as Darren McFadden’s primary backup last season.
The jury is out, for Jennings averaged only 2.8 yards per carry for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season in becoming one of 10 backs since 2000 to average fewer than 3 yards per carry with at least 100 rushes.
Goodson averaged 6.3 last season, though on only 35 carries. He bolted for the New York Jets in free agency. Soon thereafter, the Raiders pounced on Jennings.
Jennings, 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds, views himself as a lead back, though he has spent his entire NFL career backing up Maurice Jones-Drew. He is competing for the backup spot in Oakland against the likes of Jeremy Stewart and rookie Latavius Murray.
“I see myself just as a complete back, day-in, day-out, getting better,” Jennings said. “Never making the same mistakes twice. I’ll let the geniuses figure out where to put me on the field.”
In a recent practice, Jennings was on the field as a short-yardage back. He showed little difficulty in converting third-and-one plays during the drill.
“He’s done some good things for us,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “One of the challenges you have for Rashad is … Rashad’s a big back, we want Rashad to play like a big back. That will be something we’re going to look at as we go into the preseason is him being that big physical presence that we expect him to be.”
So far, Jennings is looking more like the back that averaged 5.2 yards and 5.5 his first two seasons, respectively.
In a strange way, Jennings and the Raiders are alike in that they can’t wait to put last year behind them and recapture past glory.
“These fans don’t deserve that,” Jennings said of the team’s negative perception. “This organization doesn’t deserve it. The city doesn’t deserve it. Nobody on this team thinks that’s going to happen this year, and we’re going out every single day, erasing what happened from yesterday and preparing and focusing on” turning things around.”

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  • Plunketthead

    First

  • Plunketthead

    Its been awhile. Some blog goober always hogs them

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Repost:

    “I hear you. Maybe you should threaten to beat him up again and call his family filthy names. Show everyone how a mature individual handles civil discourse”

    Your boy just got called out for being a hypocrite and that doesn’t sit well with you I can appreciate that. But dragging up a blog argument that is 4 months old is not only weak its non applicable.

    Unlike you I do not have a “Blog Reputation” to protect, I could care less if people here think I am a racist In fact please feel free to call me Hitler!

    It would have been better for you to shut your mouth in these kinds of situations and mind your own business but you chose to involve yourself so now you will feel the recourse.

  • Plunketthead

    Feel the recourse? Too bad you don’t have money to fly out here to peephole AZ and recourse me.

  • Plunketthead

    Peehole dernit.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Just curious as to why you feel the need to get in other peoples business?

    Is your life boring do you need to interact with others eve if it is in a negative manner?

  • Plunketthead

    Nice write up on one of my favorite FA Raiders.
    Jennings will have a monster year if DMAC stumbles

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Told you all so.

  • …And Justice for AL

    First!!!???

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Too bad you don’t have money to fly out here to peephole AZ and recourse me”

    I know it sucks living in moms basement….maybe you could wire me a bus ticket?

    So you live in a town called peehole?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Nice write up on one of my favorite FA Raiders.
    Jennings will have a monster year if DMAC stumbles
    ================================================

    If?

  • RaiderFan-n-KC

    Hopefully Jennings will replace the void Micheal Bush left. I love D-Mac, but we need a 3rd down back that can take the load and burden away from McFadden.

  • Plunketthead

    dude theres something seriously wrong with your head. I feel a little sorry for you because I always practice there go I.

  • dplunk

    The HOF will be comple When Cliff Branch is elected.

  • …And Justice for AL

    I hate seeing Jon in that Tampa Bay hat

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “I feel a little sorry for you because I always practice there go I”

    Nice grammar, where did you go to school?

  • RaidO

    RaidO Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 15m And, yes, #Raiders are packing a pistol. Olson: We’ve studied “read option & (Pryor) is going to create problems (for defenses) that way.”

    Pryor will be the starter.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Bob Marley posted an interesting article on McFadden in the other blog post. The problem with that article is once again, the writer claims it is everyone’s fault that McFadden is not successful EXCEPT MCFADDEN.

    It is Knapps fault, the blocking’s fault, the playcalling, the coaching, the scheme, the design, etc. Never mind that last year McFadden was the worst running back on his own team, that wasn’t his fault. Never mind that McFadden had among the WORST grading at breaking tackles if not THE WORST, in the entire league. Forget all that. Forget that we have seen five years of the exact same bullsh**. Forget that. It is everyone’s fault but McFaddens.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Time to give Pryor the 1st team reps.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    RaidO Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    RaidO Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 15m And, yes, #Raiders are packing a pistol. Olson: We’ve studied “read option & (Pryor) is going to create problems (for defenses) that way.”

    Pryor will be the starter.

    ==============

    If Denise is after “sustained” success he goes with Pryor.

  • RaidO

    The_Civilian_James_Trapp Says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    Time to give Pryor the 1st team reps.
    ——————————-

    Yes, he needs to be out there with the 1st stringers in preseason.

  • Kirk

    Reece has averaged 4.8 yards per carry for his career.

    Reece is a better back than McFadden.

  • mcfadden20.

    In a strange way, Jennings and the Raiders are alike in that they can’t wait to put last year behind them and recapture past glory.
    “These fans don’t deserve that,” Jennings said of the team’s negative perception. “This organization doesn’t deserve it. The city doesn’t deserve it. Nobody on this team thinks that’s going to happen this year, and we’re going out every single day, erasing what happened from yesterday and preparing and focusing on” turning things around.”

    Thanks Jennings, this was a great comment , you’re going to win a place in hearts of many Raiders fans with quotes like these, now show em who’s the boss on the field :)

  • mcfadden20.

    Hey why can’t you guys just wait till the games start, if Pryor proves to be the better guy he will get his chance

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    went to camp today in napa and wanted to share with you guys a few things i saw. il start with the good. for starters Terrell Pryor looked like the best QB that we have on our roster, and anyone who was there and witnessed practice today i would love to hear you argue with that statement. he connected on a deep 60 yard pass in offense vs defense drills that made fans watching go crazy. his mechanics are 100 times better than what i saw last year. Mcgloin also looks like he definitely earned those reps over Tyler wilson. this kid has an arm on him and can zip passes better than Pryor Wilson and Flynn. hes just really small.. looks like a child out there.Denarius Moore looked like our most explosive WR. he just looks so smooth out there. Streater looked solid too.Sio moore loooked impressive. going hard, batting passes down, and showing good pass rush skills, im really excited to see what he brings to our defense this year. David auesberry is a freak of nature. this man is huge and needs to step up and be THE guy at TE. i can see where the mental side of the game could be challenging for him though. saw him jump the snap count a few times.

    i didnt like what i saw from Flynn today. his arm strength is not there. his energy is not there. his size is not there. passes were getting batted down and falling incomplete. during team drills when he was in, defense was dominating. i hope he was just having a bad day. Wilson also didnt look very impressive to me. there really wasnt much else i saw that was bad. i was forsure trying to notice the good but nothing else really jumped out as woah we really need help there. if anyone else was there today id like to hear what you think and saw for yourself

    ========================

    It’s TP6 time!

  • mcfadden20.

    Btw nice bounce back win by the A’s!! Win tomorrow too

  • RaidO

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 46m
    Sometimes at camp, Olson said, Terrelle Pryor wants so bad to prove that he is a pocket passer that he forgets what he does best.
    “We always tell him don’t look at that as a fault,” Olson said. “ ‘You’ve got something that no other quarterbacks have. Certainly, we want you to become more polished as a passer. But don’t look at your ability to run the ball as a bad thing, that’s a really good thing. You can’t be hesitant.’ ” about an hour ago

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    Jennings is only here in case DMAC goes down and Latavius Murray is not ready to carry the load.

  • mcfadden20.

    Really disappointed in Wilson , doesn’t sound like a future QB of the Raiders, I hope it’s just rookie Jitters and trying to do too much, otherwise it’s a waste pick and we could have gotten a nice pass rusher in the 3rd

  • mcfadden20.

    Another post , cork doing his thing

  • dplunk

    I want Pryor to succeed as much as anyone, but if Flynn, or someoneelse proves better, then “so be it”

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