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Jack-of-all-trades Jennings a bright spot for Raiders on Sunday

OAKLAND – In a perfect world, Rashad Jennings doesn’t see much playing time for the Raiders. If he’s on the field a great deal, that signifies that a front-line player is injured.
Such was the case Sunday, when Jennings was called upon to fill in for running back Darren McFadden, who suffered a hamstring injury early in the first half of the Raiders 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.
“The quote that always sticks with me, and I always share with people is, ‘When opportunity presents itself, it’s too late to prepare for it,’ ” Jennings said. “So, you always got to see yourself as the guy.”
Jennings was “the guy” on several levels Sunday, standing out in a game in which the Raiders squandered a 14-0 lead, surrendered seven sacks and allowed a struggling Redskins team to get its first victory in four games.
He made his presence felt from the outset, before McFadden suffered his injury and Jennings touched the ball on offense for the first of 23 times.
Jennings burst through the line and blocked a Sav Rocca punt that teammate Jeremy Stewart recovered in the end zone for a Raiders touchdown.
“Ever since I met the cat, since (offseason) camp, all he does is show up and work,” left offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said. “Whatever role they ask him to do, he does it. So, that doesn’t surprise me at all.”
The Raiders signed Jennings this past offseason ostensibly as a replacement for running back Mike Goodson, who departed to the Jets via free agency.
In Jennings, they landed a veteran back that has the versatility to make a difference in several capacities. All of those were on display Sunday.
Several times Jennings came close to blocking Rocca’s punts. When he wasn’t playing special teams, Jennings was accounting for 116 of Oakland’s 298 yards offense.
He rushed 15 times for 45 yards and caught all eight passes thrown his way by Matt Flynn for 71 yards. By comparison, he touched the ball only nine times in Oakland’s first three games.
“He went in there and ran the ball hard,” coach Dennis Allen said. “He did an admirable job of filling in for McFadden.”
Allen preaches the next-man-up philosophy, meaning when someone goes down with injury, the backup has to be ready to perform on short notice.
Jennings grew accustomed to that role during his four seasons as the primary backup to Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville.
“It’s the mentality that you should have,” Jennings said. “There aren’t any say, per se, backups in the NFL. Those are the guys that are at home. Wherever they put me … I’m going to do whatever I can to help us win a football game.”
He came close Sunday. Barnes said the Raiders are plenty confident with Jennings playing a prominent role in the offense.
“He may not have the household name of an Adrian Peterson or Darren, but he runs hard like them,” Barnes said. “I’ll play with that guy any day of the week.”

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  • willy91137

    Is that really Flynn in here on the blog I don’t think so maybe Flynn hired Dr. Rob to be’s his publicist

  • The_Judge37

    Does it matter? Either or, preferably both

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    Is there a Flynn’s fan website. If anybody knows please post it so the Flynn only fans can go there and stop bothering this blog.

  • The_Judge37

    Of course it’s not, if it were really Matt Flynn, his comments would’ve been intercepted. And he would be limited to 25 letters per post

  • Gdog

    Actually 6.5 million over two years according to Spottrac.

    Reggie got fleeced. Seattle is pointing and laughing at us.

    But at least we didn’t have any OTHER needs that Reggie could have spent that money on…

  • Raider_Riff

    We know Flynn can’t read…. What makes any of u think he can write?

  • dplunk

    I hope the Raiders cut Matt Flynn…..I mean literally CUT his damn throat!

  • Cervantes74

    I wish we could have had just 1 horrific year and flushed all of these turds down the toilet in one massive dump.

    HC – Norv Turner
    OC – Lane Kiffin
    DC – Dennis Allen
    QB – Matt Flynn, Pick 6 Palmer, Andrew Walter

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    fire Olson and hire Lane Kiffin as OC?

  • RaiderCDE

    Reggie should be fired for wasting 2 draft picks, $6.5 million and an entire offseason on Flynch! And for firing a good head coach and replacing him with a frikn moron.

    This franchise is going nowhere. Next season will be more of the same.

  • R8erEduc8er

    “Drop the deuce!”

  • poprocksncoke

    NO!

  • loyal

    What’s the cut off (win/loss record) for RM and DA keeping their jobs? 6-10?

  • willy91137

    No it won’t it will be 2014

  • R8erEduc8er

    Although he looks like a newborn chickling, Ron Jaworski’s evaluation on Flynn was dead on! #Rated#32outof32

  • dplunk

    better make that 7-9….they owe the Raiders one.

  • willy91137

    We have won one game and we beat the team that’s in last place

  • The Big Banana

    Quick, Charlie. Hit us up with another one of those masterful lists of Davis’ busted draft picks so that we can all feel better about the job Reggie’s doing on the offensive side of the ball.

    Schmuck

  • The_Judge37

    Or tell us the super secret formula of building through the lines.
    #DumbFukChuck

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Dr Bob got pounded the last 2 hours, lol – Check that 24 hours

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    Hey Matty Lice get your lawn chair ready…. TP2 will show you how to avoid a pass rush and be a leader of men…..

  • The Big Banana

    Lol

  • The_Judge37

    He’s got the same problem as Flynn. He held the ball too long

  • RaiderCDE

    Mark Davis is too weak to handle the team. So, we’re stuck with Reggie – and the idiotic head coach is the worst in the NFL by far.

    I guess Davis is content with tanking the team and hope there is still a chance to move to LA.

    Good luck with that.

  • raider_39

    “Football is about blocking and tackling. We have struggled in those areas of late…”

    ———-

    blaming others after this showing…

    hmhmm…

    could it…?

  • RaidingTexas

    Hmmm, never thought about that. but you may be on to something

  • dplunk

    I wouldn’t do to my Worst enemy what Matt Flynn did to the Raiders yesterday….that was pure Evil

  • RaiderCDE

    957thegame’s got it right. If you can’t beat a struggling 0-3 team at home with a 14 point lead, you’re in big trouble. This is a horrible loss that wreaks to the core of this franchise and shows that this team is *not* improving. After we get blown out next week, the 2013 season will be essentially over. Better tarp off the club seats next.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Charlie is currently browsing thru his own comments of the past 6 months to find one worthy of a copy&paste. Usually a book in length with nothing to do with the topic at hand

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    Cant believe you only had 1 Flynnterception…. The pigskins drop a few that were in their hands….

  • The_Judge37

    LOL, the Format Change and loss of archives really hit him the hardest. Unless he saved them on a back up flash drive.

  • marks hair

    rob struggling with her identity again I see

  • loyal

    Someone please tell me why V.Young is not a better back up than what we have.

  • The Big Banana

    Yup. Like I said…kind of guy that likes to listen to himself talk, or in this case read his own drivel.

  • marks hair

    I tried to explain to everyone how huge of a loss this would be if pryor didn’t play yesterday.. it’s clearly the biggest loss of the year for us and I don’t know if we can recover momentum and chemistry wise..

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    I liked his avatar yesterday with a doctor who had his face buried in his hands in shame. probably a true picture of his life – minus the whole “doctor” thing

  • Morilla_00

    He has Necrophelia.

  • RediaR

    The team was good enough to blow out the Redskins. Matt Flynn was bad enough to make that not happen. Holding the ball too long, throwing a bad pick, not noticing open receivers, missing almost every throw (even a lot of the balls that were caught had terrible placement), making poor reads in general. The man has regressed steadily. At least when Pryor does that he distracts people with occasional runs for first downs.

    The defense dominated almost all of this game.

  • Morilla_00

    I mean Narcolepsy.

  • JOn Wooah

    Raiders
    Beat ‏@RaidersBeat
    3h

    Greg Olson called McFadden, Reece, and Pryor his “three most explosive players” and acknowledged #Raiders aren’t the same team without them.

  • The_Judge37

    Momentum can be restored as soon as and Pryor comes back. Even more if Flynn is off the Roster, so the players don’t have to live in fear of ever experiencing that again.

  • JOn Wooah

    Charles woodson the HOF’er said the air was let out of the building after FLYNNY throught that pick six. KEEP IN MIND WOODSON never wanted flynn to start, said it would be bad if PRYOR was not the starter.

  • Theghostronin79

    Sure morale took a Blast. Terrelle can at least get their attention back. They’re not in a good place right now though.

  • Morilla_00

    Why do people persist on saying Dmac is an explosive player?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Jennings & Olewale did fine, I thought. Flynn was the problem. Olson too

  • JOn Wooah

    I also appreciate woodson saying FANS had a right to boo.. the blew a winnable game, The defensed showed up.. but flynn and his 3nout offense had the defense on the field the whole time.

    WOW callers are blasting flynn today on the radio saying he shouldnt even be on the team. But like i said, Flynn is not even a leader or a Raider.. he is a packer at heart, and no way would AL ever let flynny be on the team.

    PRYOR is light years ahead of flynn and was Al’s guy

  • Thec

    the “win with flynn” guy made a complete azz out of himself.

  • Thec

    What happened to all the “flynnstones”

  • Thec

    flynnstones = neck talkers who DO NOT KNOW FOOTBALL.

  • marks hair

    I think JOn Woooa could be rob.. his rampant posting and his schedule is very suspicious along with him never being around before Rob went down..