Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs won 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Rashad Jennings/Darren McFadden, RBs, Oakland Raiders
Though McFadden is the bigger and more popular name, Jennings is the better player at the current time. A late-round pick out of Liberty by the Jaguars a couple of years ago, Jennings found his role in Oakland after McFadden went down with injury and shined in it. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry, 8.1 per catch, and showed why he was considered by many to be a sleeper in the 2009 NFL Draft. He took the starting job from “Run DMC” and never looked back.
As for McFadden, the former 4th-overall draft pick has fallen on hard times after some enigmatic and injury-filled seasons. A bonafide hard-nosed running the “Wild Hog” at Arkansas, he drew comparisons to Adrian Peterson coming out of college. The Raiders, with Al Davis as the owner, couldn’t pass on his speed and athletic ability, and took him early. He didn’t get too many opportunities during his first two seasons due to running back rotations and different injuries, but finally broke out in 2010 and carried that momentum into 2011. Unfortunately that season was cut short due to a foot injury and he hasn’t been the same since. He’s still just 26 years old, and the Raiders have a big decision to make about whether they want to keep him or Jennings.
The Titans should be looking to pick up whichever back the Raiders don’t re-sign.