Picking up from last year: Former Alabama RB Josh Jacobs off to a hot start again for the Las Vegas Raiders
Not many players, much less rookies, had a better season last year than former Alabama RB Josh Jacobs did for the Raiders. This year, he’s picked up right where he left off in 2019.
The Las Vegas feature back, Jacobs through three quarters on Sunday had 16 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders built a 27-15 lead at the Carolina Panthers. His touchdown runs were for 1 and 7 yards, as he benefitted from a strong offensive line.
Jacobs, who was picked 24th overall last year, had 242 carries in 13 games, which broke Marcus Allen’s Raiders rookie record with 1,150 yards. He had 20 catches on just 27 targets as a receiver
“He had a big year last year,” coach Jon Gruden said, per the Associated Press. “He’s got to stay healthy. We need our feature back down the stretch. We were in a playoff stretch last year and didn’t have him. I think he’s got to stay wire-to-wire healthy and we have to get more out of him in the passing game, more on the field on third down. He had a great year last year and we expect more of him from this year.”
— Justin Groc 🎥 (@jgroc) September 13, 2020