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Running backs show their versatility

Andre Williams of the New York Giants carries

Andre Williams of the New York Giants carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter against Kedric Golston of the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

It was a busy day for the Giants running backs. And not only as running backs.

All five players who regularly line up in the offensive backfield made contributions elsewhere on the field to help the Giants earn their 32-21 victory over Washington on Thursday night.

Rashad Jennings blocked a punt in the first quarter to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Orleans Darkwa recovered a muffed punt for the Giants. Shane Vereen handled an onside kick after Rueben Randle bobbled it. Fullback Nikita Whitlock played both sides of the ball, lining up at defensive tackle in the fourth quarter and getting two quarterback hits.

Andre Williams? He played special teams as well, although his biggest contribution was a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

"Our backfield is a special unit and we have playmakers everywhere," Jennings said. "We contributed all across the board, and that's how it's supposed to look. We have the backfield to do it. We're athletes. Any time we're on the field, you have to find a way to make a play."

In terms of their traditional roles, Jennings ran for 32 yards on 11 carries and added three catches for 25 yards, Williams rushed for 29 yards on 14 carries and Vereen gained 23 yards on six carries. Whitlock made a key block on Williams' touchdown run.

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