RB Josh Jacobs - Las Vegas Raiders
|5-10, 216||Born: 2-11-1998||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24 (2019)|
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.
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 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 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 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 7 vs GB (21 / 124 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jacobs had another outstanding performance. His stop-start quickness was regularly on display and allowed him to break off some long runs even without big holes to run through. He set the tone early with a powerful 9-yard run on the first play of the game. A defensive back came up to try to make the tackle on him and Jacobs lowered his shoulders and knocked the DB on his back to pick up a few extra yards. Two plays later he had a highlight-reel worthy run for 42 yards. He broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage, made a cut to get outside, and then delivered a devastating stiff arm on a defensive back that allowed him to pick up an extra 20 yards at the end of the run. He had another highlight run for 27 yards later in the game. Even in traffic, he was able to make multiple tacklers miss in space with a pair of impressive stop and go moves. Jacobs could have had an even bigger fantasy game but he was stood up on three separate goal line carries from inside the 3-yard line. He couldn't get the edge on a 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard line in the second quarter, gaining just a yard. Carr fumbled on the next play. Later in the game, Jacobs got four straight carries inside the 10-yard line but couldn't get into the end zone. On 3rd-and-goal from the two, he was only able to push the pile for one yard. The Raiders went back to him on 4th down and Jacobs tried to leap over the pile. A Packers linebacker made a great play, leaping to meet Jacobs high and stopping him just shy of the end zone.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (15 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jacobs had 17 touches despite playing just 31 snaps. He started the game off by getting around the edge for 13 yards, running through an arm tackle attempt that nearly ripped his jersey. He again got to the edge and accelerated on a second-quarter run for 22 yards. The Raiders tried the same play on the next drive but J.J. Watt exploded into the backfield to drop Jacobs for a 6-yard loss. It was another solid performance from Jacobs who gutted through a nagging shoulder injury.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (28 / 120 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jacobs was fantastic against the Lions. The Raiders were able to establish the run early, handing it to Jacobs on their first three offensive snaps and picking up 28 yards as a result. He made a pair of beautiful cuts to get outside for a gain of 17 yards on the last of the three consecutive runs. He carried it seven times total on the first drive of the game, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown. He started up the middle and then bounced it outside, going untouched into the end zone. Jacobs had six carries on the Raiders second touchdown drive of the game, finding the end zone again by leaping over a defender who tried to tackle him low and extending the ball just over the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown. On the day, Jacobs carried it 28 times and gained at least a yard on all but one of the carries. He was able to consistently gain positive yardage and put the team in manageable downs and distances. Jacobs was extremely impressive in his ability to make subtle moves in tight quarters to make defenders miss with quick changes of direction. He did so while still running downhill and finished nearly every run with strong leg drive to fall forward at the end for extra yards. The only negative of Jacobs' performance was his lack of impact as a pass catcher. He had a bad drop on a short route that bounced off his hands and was nearly intercepted.
2019 Week 10 vs LAC (16 / 71 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
For the first time all season, Jacobs was targeted more than three times. His team-high five targets against the Chargers were a new career-high. The increased pass-game usage, if it becomes a trend, will be a key for Jacobs' fantasy value going forward. He caught a swing pass on the run and showed nice acceleration to pick up 17 yards. Jacobs caught another swing pass for a 14-yard pickup. It should have gone for a short gain but he was able to make the first man miss and then carried a pair of tacklers for a few extra yards at the end of the run. Jacobs ran well again. His second carry of the game looked sure to lose yardage. He was headed left but the defensive end had so much push, Jacobs had to retreat six yards behind the line before making a sharp cut back to the inside and squirting through a small hole for a five yard gain. Jacobs scored the game-winning touchdown with one minute left. On 3rd-and-1, the Chargers brought everyone up close to the line of scrimmage. The Raiders opened up a big hole, which Jacobs accelerated through. He then broke an arm tackle to get loose for the 18-yard touchdown.
2019 Week 11 vs CIN (23 / 112 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jacobs gashed the Bengals all day outside of the red zone. He ripped off a 21-yard carry on the first play of the game, sprinting through a big hole off of right tackle. He had another 21-yard run on a pitch play in the fourth quarter. He was regularly able to get to the edge and pick up chunk gains on the Bengals defense. The lack of red zone success was the only thing that kept Jacobs from a big day. On his first carry inside the 20, Jacobs gained nine but in trying to pull a defender for an extra yard at the end of the run took a hit on the ball and fumbled it away. He was stuffed for no gain off of right tackle at the two-yard line midway through the second quarter. The Raiders scored off of play action the next play. He had another goal line carry from the two-yard line later in the second quarter and was again stuffed for no gain, with the Raiders scoring through the air a couple plays later. Jacobs had a 1st-and-goal carry from the six in the fourth quarter that went for a minimal gain as he was tripped up from behind. A couple plays later the Raiders opted for a short field goal instead of giving Jacobs a chance on 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line.
2019 Week 12 vs NYJ (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jacobs has been able to set a tone early in recent weeks with physical runs picking up yardage in chunks to start the game. The opposite was the case against the Jets. He was held to eight yards on five carries in the first quarter, getting stacked up near the line on each carry. He finally got loose for a decent gain in the second quarter, showing nice speed to the get to the edge and pick up 15 yards. He potentially had some room to run after a short reception but slipped and fell to the turf trying to make a cut. Jacobs' day ended late in the third quarter, getting pulled at the same time as Derek Carr once the game was out of reach. Thus, the season-low snap count (39%) is misleading. His early exit is proof of how key he is to the team's success down the stretch.
2019 Week 13 vs KC (17 / 104 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jacobs got the edge and picked up 12 on his first carry, running over a Chiefs defensive back at the end of the run. He had a 5-yard reception called back due to offensive pass interference on a pick route. He showed fantastic acceleration to get to the edge and turn it up for a 35-yard run near the end of the first half. Jacobs did nearly all of his damage in the first half before the game turned into a blowout. In fact, he had over 100 rushing yards in the first half before taking a 7-yard loss that dropped him below 100 temporarily. Once the Raiders fell behind 31-0 midway through the third quarter, the Raiders were forced to abandon the run.
2019 Week 15 vs JAX (24 / 89 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
After sitting out last week with a shoulder injury, Jacobs stepped right back into his workhorse role. He played 57% of the snaps, which is right in line with his season average and handled 26 touches. He showed his blend of power and short-area quickness on a number of runs and was generally able to earn positive yardage when needed to keep the offense moving. Unlike some previous weeks, Jacobs was never really able to break through to the second level. None of his 24 runs went for more than nine yards. There also weren't any goal line opportunities. The Raiders offense got inside the Jacksonville 15-yard line just once and that was for one passing play in the final seconds of the first half. Jacobs had a few strong runs late to pick up first downs as the Raiders attempted to run the clock out.