Jaguars jump on Jennings

With Fred Taylor gone in Jacksonville, the competition for Maurice Jones-Drew’s backup slot is wide open.

Rashad Jennings looks like the most intriguing option of the bench.

The Jaguars signed Jennings to a four-year contract Wednesday.  The deal is worth $1.78 million and included a $38,000 signing bonus. 

Jennings was only a seventh-round pick, but he was a highly regarded big back who slipped in the draft, likely because he played for D-1AA Liberty.

He’s been the subject of glowing praise throughout Jacksonville’s offseason, as he competes for possible carries with fullback Greg Jones and Chauncey Washington. 

According to one trusted Jaguars observer, Jennings had the “best spring, beginning to end, of any offensive player” on the team.

Now Jennings will just have to prove he can perform that well with pads on.