Jennings: Barkley Will Be Rookie Of The Year

The Giants drafted "a heck of a player," former running back Rashad Jennings says

Tiki and Tierney
May 08, 2018 - 5:01 pm

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Like it, love it, or hate it, the New York Giants drafted Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April. Barkley has yet to play a down in the NFL, but expectations are already sky high.

“I think they’re getting a heck of a player,” former Giants running back Rashad Jennings said on Tiki and Tierney. “I really do. I said two months before the draft – I tweeted this – that he is going to be the Rookie of the Year.”

Didn’t Jennings want to wait to see where Barkley would play before making such a bold proclamation? 

Nope.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said.

As for Giants fans who wanted a quarterback at No. 2, Jennings sees both sides of the coin.

“There’s a lot of ways to look at it,” he said. “Do you think there was a quarterback strong enough to bring in for that amount of money? That’s a lot of money and trust in your whole entire franchise right then and there – instantly. If you bring in a quarterback at No. 2, do you play Eli? (If not), you’re just sitting on that money right now.”

Jennings played eight seasons with the Jaguars, Raiders, and Giants. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry, rushed for 3,772 yards and 23 touchdowns, and caught 191 balls for 1,469 receiving yards.

Football, though, isn’t Jennings’ only talent. He was the Dancing with the Stars Season 24 champion and recently authored his first book, The IF in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self, which delves into his life, career, and relationship with his father, among other topics.

Jennings, in fact, was once a fifth-string 270-pound running back with dehibiliating asthma. But he never lost sight of his goal to play in the NFL.

“The reason I kept hustling was because I knew exactly why I was doing it," Jennings wrote in his book, which is I could visualize the end game – playing in the NFL – and that why is what drove me. That why motivated every lift, every run, every workout, and every meal,” Jennings writes in his book, which was released May 8. “When you know your why – for buckling down in school, for honing your craft, for developing a new skill, or for conditioning your body – you’ve discovered a motivation that can move you when you don’t feel like moving anymore.”

Listen to Jennings’ conversation with Tiki and Tierney below.