Chris Jennings

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Chris Jennings
Free Agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-12-12) December 12, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Yuma, Arizona
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the Montreal Alouettes
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing attempts 63
Rushing yards 220
Rushing TDs 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at CFL.ca

Chris Jennings (born December 12, 1985) is a gridiron football running back in the Canadian Football League who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Arizona and high school football at Fairview High School in Ashland, Kentucky.

He has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns, Hartford Colonials, New York Jets, Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts.

Professional career[edit]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, Jennings drew interest from the Baltimore Ravens and worked out for the Cleveland Browns however, the Browns were not in a position to sign Jennings at the time.[1][2] Instead, Jennings signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL on June 15, 2008.[2] Jennings was placed on the team's practice squad.[3]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Jennings was signed by the Browns on August 18, 2009.[4] In three preseason games, Jennings ran for 63 yards on 18 carries while catching 7 passes for 69 yards.[4] He was waived by the Browns on September 5 but re-signed to their practice squad two days later. Jennings was promoted to the active roster on October 3 after the team placed James Davis on the injured reserve list.[4]

He made his NFL debut October 4, 2009 for the Browns against the Cincinnati Bengals running for 8 yards on 1 carry.[5] Jennings was primarily used in a reserved role however, he started his first game against Cincinnati on November 29. On December 10, Jennings became the first Browns rookie running back to score a rushing touchdown since Lee Suggs in 2003.[5] It was also the first rushing touchdown by a Browns running back that season.[6] Jennings finished the season having rushed for 220 yards and a touchdown while catching 9 passes for 56 yards.[5]

Jennings was re-signed by the Browns on March 17, 2010 and figured to have a role in the Browns' offense following his positive performance in his rookie season however, he was waived on September 4 as part of the final roster cuts.[7][8] The Browns decided not to re-sign Jennings, who threatened to seek out other opportunities, despite injuries that plagued running back Peyton Hillis.[6]

Hartford Colonials[edit]

Jennings signed with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL on October 21, 2010.[6][9] Jennings carried the ball only 12 times for 6 yards in his tenure with the Colonials however he was an important contributor to their special teams unit.[9]

New York Jets[edit]

Jennings was signed to a future contract by the New York Jets on January 5, 2011.[10] During the Jets' second game of the 2011 preseason he had four carries for 81 yards. He ran 69 yards on one run, which was the longest run from the line of scrimmage by a Jet in the preseason since Curtis Martin ran 80 yards in 1999.[11] He was waived on September 3.[12]

Montreal Alouettes (II)[edit]

Jennings returned to the CFL in the second half of the 2012 CFL season after being released by the New York Jets. He played in 7 of the 18 regular season games that year, compiling 318 yards on the ground and 163 through the air. He received 8 rushing attempts in the first 3 games of the 2013 CFL season before being released by the Alouettes on July 15 2013.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

The Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, signed Jennings on September 25 2013. He was released by the Argonauts on October 22, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Jennings has a son, Chris Jr., who was born on December 9, 2009.[7]

Legal[edit]

Jennings allegedly assaulted a doorman on April 17, 2010 at a dance club. The following month, Jennings was not charged with assault as the doorman did not sign the complaint.[13]

Jennings was arrested in Guernsey County, Ohio, on September 5, 2011, for driving 147 MPH, in a 65 MPH zone.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grossi, Tony (November 20, 2009). "From CFL to Cleveland, Chris Jennings is the latest option to the Browns' feeble run game". The Plain Dealer (Advance Publications). Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Traylor, Grant (June 15, 2008). "Jennings now a Montreal Alouette". The Herald-Dispatch (Champion Publishing Inc.). Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Schudel, Jeff (October 4, 2009). "Browns put Davis on IR". The News-Herald (Journal Register Company). Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Cleveland Browns sign running back Chris Jennings to the active roster; place James Davis on injured reserve". Cleveland.com. October 3, 2009. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Chris Jennings". Cleveland Browns. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Grossi, Tony (October 12, 2010). "Cleveland Browns apparently not hot on re-signing RB Chris Jennings". The Plain Dealer. Advance Publications. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Wilkening, Mike (April 17, 2010). "Browns RB Jennings working on speed, patience". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cleveland Browns Transactions - 2010". ESPN. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "25 UFL Players Sign NFL Futures Contracts". United Football League. January 14, 2011. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ PFW Staff (January 5, 2011). "NFL transactions for January 5, 2011". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on January 8, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ Lange, Randy (August 21, 2011). "Plax, Sanchez, Jets Rain on Bengals, 27-7". New York Jets. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mehta, Manish (September 3, 2011). "Jets trim roster to 53; make two trades". New York Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ Miller, Donna J. (May 23, 2010). "Browns running back Chris Jennings won't be charged with assault in incident at a Cleveland nightclub". The Plain Dealer (Advance Publications). Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jennings arrested, clocked at 147 mph". Fox Sports. September 5, 2011. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 

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