Raiders RB Josh Jacobs looked phenomenal during his Fall of Fame game screening. Now the teams would call the Silver and Black to talk about the running back.
The Las Vegas Raiders played their first preseason game on Thursday, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11. Jarrett Stidham, Zamir White and Josh Jacobs were all true stars of the pageant, but why was Josh Jacobs performing?
After rejecting Jacobs’ $8 million fifth-year option on rookie deal, many fans concluded head coach Josh McDaniels opted to play Jacobs at the start of the Hall of Fame game to increase the ball carrier’s commercial value.
According to McDaniels, there is a much more reasonable explanation.
“I still think it’s good for full-backs to carry the ball in pre-season. There’s a lot of things that happen when you get tackled and kicked that you can’t fake in training. I think that all of our guys had the ball tonight. I think all of our guys either caught it or got the ball and had to get tackled. We can’t really fake that or represent that in practice.
McDaniels’ reasoning makes a lot of sense. Also, plenty of starters took the field at some point on Thursday night, including Tre’von Moehrig and 21-year-old rookie sensation Nate Hobbs. You can bet none of these young stars will be shipped as well.
Even still, the media twisted their narrative to the point where NFL teams reportedly called the Raiders to verify Jacobs’ status. Among those rumored teams are the Eagles, Lions and Bay Area rival 49ers.
There doesn’t seem to be any real interest in moving the 24-year-old running back, and it doesn’t make much sense to do so. As the saying goes, however, everything is available if the price is right.
Josh Jacobs is essential to the Raiders’ success in 2022
There have been many conflicting opinions about Jacobs, mostly centered around his injury history. The truth is this – It’s too important to move on.
In 2019, Jacobs was named the league’s most elusive fullback by Focus on professional football, forcing more missed tackles than anyone else. The Alabama alum was just as elusive in 2020 and recorded the third most forced missed tackle in 2021.
Jacobs is one of two players to record more than 20 broken tackles in each of the past three seasons. The Raiders running back has proven he can hold on to the best the NFL has to offer when running football, and Las Vegas would be foolish to walk away from it in such a pivotal year .