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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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  • Theghostronin79

    Oh……They tried to spin it. Nobody having it today.

  • RediaR

    What momentum? We had just been blown out by Denver. Also momentum in sports has no statistical reality. As proven by every game and season ever.

  • The_Judge37

    Alex7 trying bigging up the Redskins 32nd ranked Defense.

  • Scourge of the East

    Good afternoon, all!

    Shout outs to P-man and Mr. Crawfishdaddy!!

    Has the Beeech been banned again?

    Kell, you old pootbutt, how’re ya?!

  • Thec

    Ha…..not much to spin.

  • Blackholepriest

    Thec, before you couldn’t get a word in edgewise due to all the post by The Flynnchmob and TP haters.

    Now “crickets”……..l

  • RediaR

    Teams lie about their players all the time.

  • loyal

    We are stuck with Flynn. Only choice would be to put on the practice squad and promote Tyler Wilson. 6.5 mil for a practice squad player …. nice work

  • marks hair

    nonsense

  • Freakyguy666

    Is there ANY chance that Mark “clueless” Davis may come to his senses and get rid of that ape posing as a GM and hire Gruden as coach AND GM?

  • Theghostronin79

    They’ll start Pizzing on your leg and try telling you “Naw naw it’s just raining outside.”

  • RediaR

    Flynn sucking doesn’t make Pryor a good QB. Pryor still needs quite a bit of work before he shows he deserves to be a starter in 2014.

  • RediaR

    No because that would be stupid.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    And the KKK-wannabe contingent is here, I see.

  • The_Judge37

    Can’t practice squad him. We can cut him or place him on IR with “Tendinitis”. Neither one is a way around his $6.5 in dead money. But it opens a roster spot for Wilson.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Maybe we could trade Flynn to Tampa for Freeman…

  • The_Judge37

    Only if Raliegh McKennzie become GM in Tampa

  • Thec

    Yep, silence is golden…Those clowns know, and knew nada about football…

    More about dumb stuff.

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

    place him on IR with “Tendinitis”.
    ***
    Judge, was that even a real thing? I thought it was just Reggie trying to save face?

  • JOn Wooah

    Terrelle
    Pryor ‏@TerrellePryor
    13h

    We must win. Winning is everything! I hate losing. We will be back strong Sunday !

  • The_Judge37

    Of course it wasn’t real. But might as well roll with it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What’s up, Scourge?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Allen threw Flynn under the bus saying he was the biggest reason we lost, Also would not promise he would still be the back-up. got this from nfl mobile

  • Thec

    TP2 is the best thing we got going…Period

  • JaMarcusGotScrewed
  • eastoaklandraider

    Thec this is whats next now its back to critiquing TP’s every move

  • Thec

    Words of a true leader…
    Hannibal, and Patton would be proud.

  • Thec

    What up east…yead the narrative is a moving target regarding TP…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I hope not. Should be McGloin getting reps in practice.

  • RediaR

    IF momentum is real, it is so weak and powerless that it shouldn’t be talked about.

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

    JaMarcusGotScrewed
    = Debo, i’m guessing? (lol)

  • marks hair

    Títs should have physically thrown Flynn under the bus instead of just literally..

  • Thec

    30) Oakland Raiders: What took a bigger beating on Sunday: Matt Flynn’s body or Reggie McKenzie’s reputation?

  • RediaR

    Currently at QB? Yes. On the team, not really.

  • JOn Wooah

    Matt flynn has made every Raider fan forget about JRUSS.. Thank u flynn.

    Reggie what were u thinking giving flynn 6.5 million and seachickens draft picks???

  • Theghostronin79

    Poor Poor Jamarcus

  • loyal

    Must be nice to be horrible at your job a still collect 6.5 million $. I can’t see Flynn being on the field in the NFL again….ever

  • RaidingTexas

    Hey Duck! Was wondering where you were.

  • The_Judge37

    McMumbles rep

  • JOn Wooah

    Fans calling in saying FLYNN should leave the team immediately LOL

  • RediaR

    It was real. It is dumb to even suggest otherwise.

  • Blackholepriest

    I want to make this clear, I was not wishing ill of Flynn at all. I was wholehearted pulling for the guy, want to win. I was pleading with him to win that game. It would give the entire team confidence but by the second qrtr I had had enough.

    I left a Raider game in the 3rd qrtr for the first time in my life. I was extremely disappointed in Flynn but I was PISSED at Reggie and DA. How could they ignore TP to the point they did in favor of a guy who maybe shouldn’t be in the league.

    Flynn gave them everything she had, you cannot give more than what you have. Reggie has seriously mishandled this from day one……..period

  • RediaR

    Like every QB ever.

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

    I hope Roger Goodell gets involved and nullifies the OAK/SEA trade that sent Flynn to Oakland as “unsportsmanlike”

  • eastoaklandraider

    besides hiring DA and trading for fllynnch RM has don a decent job imo, the REAL teast will be this offseason when he has no excuses.

  • Thec

    Remember how you Flynnstones would give us a play by play breakdown of TP passes.

    For laughs can we get the same for flynn.

    You guys were mighty critical of TP2…

    Now show some Raider balance, not bias.

  • The_Judge37

    JOn Wooah, just might be Dr. Rob. He was the only one who’d give Radio updates around this time.

  • RaidingTexas

    Every player on the field is fair game for critiquing. Don’t take it personally.

  • HELLSBELLS

    might be Flynn is done with no support from DA.

  • The_Judge37

    Let’s not go there. Being right about something has never made me feel so terrible.