New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings tells SI Now that he will not backtrack on his claim that quarterback Eli Manning told him not to score.
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings tells SI Now that he will not backtrack on his claim that quarterback Eli Manning told him not to score near the end of the Giants’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
“It's in the past. I'm not going to backtrack, you know me personally,” Jennings said. “It's really not anything that I'm really in position to speak about and I shouldn't even mention anything at the time.”
Jennings carried the ball twice inside the Cowboys’ five-yard line around the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but avoided the end zone because Giants’ coaches lost track of Dallas’ remaining timeouts. A score would have given the Giants a 10-point lead.
“The things that are able to be interpreted and kind of my demeanor on it was taken way out of proportion, but needless to say the way I came about it made it seem like I was pointing the finger, which I definitely would never do,” Jennings said. “If anything, I take ownership. There's plenty of plays I could've made throughout the course of the game that we wouldn't have been in that situation.”
On Monday, head coach Tom Coughlin denied that he told Jennings not to score. Manning went on to say, “I need to do a better job understanding circumstances and situations.”
Jennings reiterated that the offense continues to follow Manning's leadership with “complete confidence.”
The Giants will play the Falcons in Week 2.
- Christopher Chavez