Dec. 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings (23) jumps while being tackled by Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (27) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Rashad Jennings May Have Cost Himself His Job

While a man should not be blamed for being injured, Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings may have just cost himself his job with his latest injury against Buffalo.

Already listed as questionable for next week’s game against the New York Jets, Jennings is becoming a victim of his own underperformance and being prone to injury.

Jennings missed all of last season due to injury, lost his starting spot this season due to injury, and is now injured again this season.  While it is common for running backs to have their bumps and bruises, when your job is to be the man when Maurice Jones-Drew needs a rest/is injured, it is nice for a team to not have to delve deeper into the depth chart because you have injury problems.

That said, a gifted back with an injury concern (maybe it isn’t a problem at this point in Jennings’ career just yet) will probably stick with his team for some time.  However, a back that is underperforming and injured is far less likely to get a new deal and stay with a team for an extended period of time.  Jennings’ 2.8 yards per carry on 101 attempts suggests that the potential we saw in 2010 (5.5 yards per attempt on 84 carries) may no longer be there.

As much as Jennings is liked among the Jaguars community, I would not be shocked if we didn’t see him back in black and teal next year..

– Luke N. Sims

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