RB Josh Jacobs - Oakland Raiders

5-10, 216Born: 2-11-1998College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2019

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Oct 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 17): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 16): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Josh Jacobs continues to impress as in their last game he ran all over the Bears defense rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Jacobs is now averaging 4.9 yards per game while still seeing high volume in games in which are close as in the team's three wins, he has averaged 22 carries per game. Jacobs has been a significant player in the Raiders' success this season. The Raiders offensive line has been a much-improved unit led by Dakota Hudson and Richie Incognito up the middle who moved Eddie Goldman out of the way with ease against the Bears in London who is one of the best nose tackles in football. This is a unit that will continue to rely on the run to set up the offense and Jacobs' success has all but eliminated roles for Deandre Washington and Jalen Richard. The Packers' rushing defense seems to be a unit that is improving after looking like they were one of the worst defenses in football up until Week 4. The last two weeks, Green Bay all but shut-down Ezekiel Elliott and Kerryon Johnson holding the two players to just 62 yards for Elliott and 34 yards for Johnson. Safety Will Redmond has been a big reason why as he has seen a bigger role in this defense as Redmond has done a nice job against the run without Darnell Savage who is more of a pass stopping safety. With Savage still not practicing so far this week expect Redmond to once again play a significant role in this defense. On the season, this is a unit that is still in the bottom-10 in yards, yards-per-carry, and touchdowns, so it is difficult to project that this is a unit that will continue this hot stretch, but it does appear to be stabilizing and is a front-seven that does have run-stopping talent in Blake Martinez, Kenny Clark, and Preston Smith, but it remains to be seen if they can keep this play up.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at MIN 25 10 44 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 4.4
4 at IND 36 17 79 0 2 2.0 29 0 0 10.8
5 vs CHI 50 26 123 2 4 3.0 20 0 0 26.3
7 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 1.7 * * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 1.4 * * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Josh Jacobs's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 5 vs CHI (26 / 123 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Jacobs looked the part of a first-round running back in this one. Despite leaving the game for much of the second quarter to have his left elbow examined, Jacobs had 29 touches and scored a pair of touchdowns. But for the injury, he might have scored three times because while he was out, DeAndre Washington got the call on a short yardage score that likely would have gone to Jacobs. Jacobs bullied his way into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown early. He burst through a big hole up the middle but had to lower his shoulder and keep his legs moving at the end of the run to push into the end zone. Jacobs also scored the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes to play by leaping over the line from two yards out. He got up pretty high and smartly kept the ball closer to his chest with two hands on it so as not to risk having it punched out. Even before the touchdown, Jacobs was the key player on the 97-yard, game-winning drive. He started it off with a powerful 15-yard run, picking his way through the middle of the line and running over a tackler to add an extra five yards to the end of the run. A few plays later he burst through the right side and spun out of an attempted tackle for a gain of eight. His best run of the day came on a first down play later in the drive. He started up the middle and looked like he would be dropped for a loss but bounced off the defensive tackle and tried to get outside. The Bears had another opportunity to drop him for a loss but he delivered a strong stiff arm to get to the edge. It ended up going for a modest gain of three yards but Jacobs probably gained four more yards than an average back might have.

2019 Week 4 vs IND (17 / 79 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Jacobs had his strongest performance since Week 1, consistently breaking the first tackle attempt and picking up extra yardage. Even while possessing just average burst, Jacobs has shown a knack for making the first man miss. In addition to his elusiveness, he has shown to be the type of powerful runner who runs through arm tackles and pushes the pile forward. On an early 12-yard gain, he made a nice cut in the hole and ran through an arm tackle attempt up around his neck. He got into the secondary, made the first tackler miss in the open field before getting tripped up. Jacobs had two receptions on the opening drive of the second half and looked great running after the catch on both. He made a quick jump cut to turn what would have been a short gain into 8 yards. Two plays later, he made another sweet cut on a short reception. He gave a fake inside and then made a fantastic lateral jump cut to get outside for a gain of 20 yards. Jacobs was also excellent in the four-minute offense late in the game. He had back-to-back runs of 16 and 8 yards. But for three false start penalties, Jacobs probably would have been able to salt the game away with a long, clock-bleeding drive. The Raiders got the ball back with one minute left, nursing a one-score lead while Indianapolis had all three timeouts. Jacobs again went to work, banging it right up the middle for gains of 7 and 5 yards to pick up the first down and seal the game. While Jacobs' play was a positive, the Raiders committee approach continues and will make him tougher to trust from a fantasy perspective. He played just 54% of the snaps and handled 63% of the running back carries.

2019 Week 3 vs MIN (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jacobs reportedly had a head cold this week that went into his chest and had him very under the weather. He was receiving IVs in the 48 hours leading up to the game. Due to the illness, the Raiders went into the game planning for him to come off the field every few snaps. Game script also went against Jacobs in this contest with the Raiders falling behind multiple scores early. The combination of illness and game script meant for the first time this season, Jacobs played fewer snaps (25) than Jalen Richard (29). Jacobs didn't have much room to run and the Raiders play calling felt way too predictable. Almost every drive started out with a hand off to Jacobs for a run between the tackles. In fact, 6 of his 10 carries came on the opening play of a drive. It was a workman-like performance. Jacobs showed decent power, usually at least falling forward to gain positive yards and keep the Raiders offense on schedule. His only highlight of the day was an 18-yard run on 4th-and-1. It was a well designed play that caught the Vikings defense off guard. With Minnesota stacking the middle of the line, Carr pitched it to Jacobs outside where he had a lot of open space in front of him. He showed nice acceleration down the sideline. Jacobs received a couple of targets but neither was worth much. One actually looked like Carr was just trying to throw it away, sailing it over Jacobs' head near the sideline. The other probably would have gone for a loss so it was for the best Jacobs couldn't haul it in. The Raiders didn't run a play in the red zone until the final two minutes of the game so Jacobs didn't have any real opportunities to score.

2019 Week 2 vs KC (12 / 99 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jacobs looked great again. He showed nice burst on a 7-yard run on the first play of the game. He pushed the pile for four yards on another 7-yard run up the gut on the opening drive. However, the Raiders had to settle for a field goal on the drive when Jacobs was stacked up behind the line on a 3rd-and-1 in the red zone. He took the first offensive snap of the second half for a 51-yard gain down the right sideline, showing a nice combination of burst and power, running through a couple arm tackle attempts to break loose into the secondary. Gruden is probably kicking himself for not using Jacobs more. He was picking up chunks of yardage and the decision to pass on 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line early in the third quarter looks especially bad. Jacobs had just picked up six yards right up the middle and instead of pounding away near the goal line, he tried to throw for the score and it was intercepted. While Jacobs has looked great as a runner, he has been surprisingly quiet as a receiver despite looking great in that facet of the game all offseason.

2019 Week 1 vs DEN (23 / 85 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)

Jacobs was a true workhorse in his NFL debut. He played 73% of the snaps and handled 89% of the backfield touches. He showed great power between the tackles, twisting through attempted tackles and consistently falling forward to keep the Raiders offense on schedule. Richard leaped over the pile and then twisted to extend the ball over the goal line for a 2-yard touchdown late in the first half. He was able to hit the hole quickly on a third and short and broke through the line for an 11-yard gain. Jacobs made a game-changing play on a 28-yard catch and run. He caught it short over the middle, accelerated between two would-be tacklers, and then plowed through two other defenders and stayed on his feet to pick up another 10 yards. A few plays later, Jacobs squirted through a small hole off of right tackle, was able to keep his feet despite taking a hit, and powered his way into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown. Jacobs locked up the win with a powerful 13-yard run with just under two minutes left that allowed the Raiders to take a knee and escape with an 8-point win. It also put Jacobs over 100 yards on the day, making him the first rookie back to get 100 total yards and score wise since LaDanian Tomlinson in 2001. All in all, it was a dream debut for Jacobs.


Latest News

Raiders | Josh Jacobs ready to play (Fri Oct 18, 04:35 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

Our View: Jacobs is good to go and a strong play for Fantasy GMs. The Raiders have talked about using him more in the passing game going forward.
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Raiders | Oakland's Week 7 injury report (Fri Oct 18, 04:11 PM) - Oakland Raiders DE Arden Key (knee) and WR Tyrell Williams (foot) did not participate in practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers. OT Trent Brown (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Oct. 18, but is listed as doubtful. WR Dwayne Harris (ankle) and OG Gabe Jackson (knee) were limited in practice all week and are listed as questionable. DE Clelin Ferrell (concussion), OL Denzelle Good (non-injury), RB Josh Jacobs (elbow), S Lamarcus Joyner (groin), LB Nicholas Morrow (ankle) and TE Darren Waller (foot) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Raiders | Josh Jacobs takes part in practice (Thu Oct 17, 05:41 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (elbow) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 17.

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Raiders | Josh Jacobs takes part in practice (Wed Oct 16, 06:29 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (elbow) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Raiders | Josh Jacobs grading out well (Sat Oct 12, 02:47 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has earned a 85.6 season grade from Pro Football Focus, which ranks as the highest so far among the first-round picks from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Our View: Just turn on the film and you can see that Jacobs can play at a high level in the pros. As his rookie season continues, we could see him used more as a receiver out of the backfield. Jacobs is a solid RB2 for Fantasy GMs on a weekly basis.
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