Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was taking his reps with the first team again Thursday in the absence of Darren McFadden.
But don’t bother trying to get Jennings to wax philosophical about what it’s like going into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants as the likely feature back in the Oakland offense.
McFadden missed practice again with a hamstring strain, making it likely he won’t play against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Jennings had 15 rushes for 102 yards and added seven receptions for 74 yards in a 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after McFadden departed in the second quarter with a hamstring strain.
“It felt like it was supposed to,’’ Jennings said. “Like I always tell you guys _ you’re called to duty, you go make plays. Regardless of that, the outcome was we lost. (We) didn’t do enough. However you slice it or dice it, we go out there to play games to win.’’
Jennings has remained consistent with that theme since he arrived at training camp. He repeated it during a community outing Tuesday to students.
“One thing I left them was, when I was in high school, I always kept a quote, `When opportunity presents itself, it’s too late to prepare for it,’ ‘’ Jennings said. “So every day, be prepared to be that guy.’’
In compiling his first 100-yard rushing day since 2010, Jennings gained positive yardage on all 15 carries.
“We saw Rashad make a lot of guys miss and run over a lot of guys,’’ Jennings said. “We’er definitely going to miss Darren because he may miss the game, but I have a lot of trust in Jennings and I believe he can get the job done.’’
Jennings has been a mainstay on special teams, blocking a pair of punts as well as recovering an onside kick to seal the win over Pittsburgh.
“He’s a guy that comes to work every day, he wants to compete, wants to get better, he puts the team first and when he’s had the opportunity to go in and play, he’s made a lot of plays for us,’’ Allen said. “He’s made a lot of plays for us on special teams. When he’s been called on to carry the ball, he’s done a nice job there.’’
Jennings said he had no idea he was approaching 100 yards and wasn’t interested in discussing any personal satisfaction over a statistical milestone.
“When you’re in the game, you have no idea,’’ Jennings said. “A part of the reason you’re a pacifier or a mouthpiece is because I shut up and work. After the game, we’ll see what the outcome was.’’
– Players aside from McFadden who didn’t appear to be practicing during the media window were tackle Matt McCants (toe), tackle Tony Pashos (hip), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs).
Pashos was getting agility work in with the athletic training staff, an indication he may be able to practice next week.
Also sitting out was linebacker Miles Burris, who is in a three-week period where the team must determine whether to place him on the 53-man roster or on injured reserve. Burris practiced for the first time last week since having knee surgery in January.
Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) went through warm-ups, as he did Wednesday. He did not wind up practicing on Wednesday.