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Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs

Running Back #8
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 9
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 220 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:22
Born:February 11, 1998
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 1 (24)
Draft Team:OAK

Josh Jacobs: Another limited session

Jacobs (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: With back-to-back limited sessions under his belt, what Jacobs is able to do at practice Friday should determine whether he approaches Sunday's game against the Browns listed as questionable, or minus a Week 8 injury designation.

October 29, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Logs limited practice

Jacobs (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: So far there's nothing to suggest that Jacobs' status for Sunday's game against the Browns is in any danger. As long as he's good to go this weekend, the running back will look to bounce back from a 10-carry, 17-yard rushing effort in this Sunday's 45-20 loss to the 5-2 Buccaneers, who've allowed a league-low 66 yards per game on the ground to date.

October 28, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Stifled on ground in loss

Jacobs rushed 10 times for 17 yards and brought in three of four targets for 14 yards in the Raiders' 45-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Jacobs' rushing prospects weren't exactly bright going into a matchup against the stingiest run defense in the league, but his 1.7 yards per carry average was nevertheless somewhat jarring from a fantasy perspective. The second-year back has now averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in three straight contests, and in five of Las Vegas' six games overall. Jacobs did encouragingly retain a relatively solid role in the passing game Sunday, however, and he'll look to boost his numbers significantly across the board in a Week 8 encounter with the Browns' vulnerable rush defense.

October 25, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Helps key big upset

Jacobs rushed 23 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns and brought in two of three targets for eight yards in the Raiders' 40-32 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Jacobs found running room to often be at a premium against the Chiefs' athletic front seven, with his long run of the day going for just seven yards. However, the second-year back was able to power into the end zone from seven and two yards out in the fourth quarter, and he was able to help ice the victory with that seven-yard run, which forced KC to use its last timeout. Jacobs's pair of scores were his first since Week 1, and he'll look to build on Sunday's effort in a Week 7 matchup against the Buccaneers following a Week 6 bye.

October 11, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Held in check by Bills

Jacobs carried the ball 15 times for 48 yards and caught three of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Buffalo's front seven didn't give Jacobs much room to roam, and his 3.2 yards per carry was his worst single-game average so far this season. The second-year back should be more productive in Week 5 against a Chiefs defense that's given up 5.3 YPC through its first three games.

October 4, 2020 5:53 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Pedestrian in Week 3 loss

Jacobs (hip) rushed 16 times for 71 yards and caught three of four targets for 12 yards while losing a fumble in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: New England excels at shutting down opposing top players, and that defensive approach coupled with Jacobs playing through a hip injury resulted in a mediocre performance from the young running back. Things don't get much easier with the undefeated Bills coming to town in Week 4, though Buffalo did allow over 100 rushing yards to Rams running back Darrell Henderson on Sunday.

September 27, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Suits up Sunday

Jacobs (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Jacobs returned to a limited session Friday and he'll give it a go Sunday. Assuming no in-game issues, he's poised to continue to head the Raiders' backfield versus New England. Through his team's first two games, Jacobs has logged 52 carries for 181 yards and three TDs, while adding seven catches on nine targets for 63 yards.

September 27, 2020 8:36 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Likely to play Sunday

Jacobs (hip) is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 22-year-old missed the first two practices of the week but practiced as a limited participant Friday to earn the questionable tag, and he's continued to progress in his recovery from the hip issue. Jacobs has 52 carries and seven receptions for 244 scrimmage yards through two games, and barring a setback he appears poised for another big workload Sunday.

September 26, 2020 9:23 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Listed as questionable after limited practice

Jacobs (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Jacobs returned to a limited session Friday. The same applies to star tight end Darren Waller (knee). We'll have to see if the team was simply exercising caution with two key playmakers, or if their Week 3 status is actually in any danger. Fortunately, the Raiders kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday, so the duo's availability will be clarified in advance of the first wave of NFL kickoffs.

September 25, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Back on field Friday

jacobs (hip) returned to practice Friday, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jacobs missed the Raiders' first two sessions this week due to a hip injury of unknown severity. Making his presence felt Friday is a good sign that he's trending in the right direction, but ultimately his activity level and listing for Sunday's game at New England won't be known until Las Vegas releases its final Week 3 practice report.

September 25, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Misses another practice

Jacobs (hip) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: With back-to-back absences to start the practice week, what Jacobs does Friday will be pivotal with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots. It's still possible that his reps are simply being managed, but if Jacobs ends up out or limited at all this weekend, Jalen Richard and Devontae Booker are next up for the Raiders' backfield touches.

September 24, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Not spotted at start of practice

Jacobs (hip) wasn't spotted at the start of Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: We'll have to see if the running back officially ends up listed as limited or as a non-participant Thursday. If he does go down as a non-participant for the second day in a row, then what Jacobs is able to do on the field Friday will be telling with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

September 24, 2020 11:43 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Listed as non-participant Wednesday

Jacobs (hip) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimation.

Analysis: The Raiders' initial injury report of the week is lengthy, but that's not a big surprise with the team having just played Monday. Star tight end Darren Waller (knee) was also listed as a non-participant Wednesday, but we suspect that the duo -- both of whom were busy in the team's Week 2 win over the Saints -- will be able to practice in some capacity Thursday.

September 23, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Garners 30 touches

Jacobs rushed 27 times for 88 yards and caught all three of his targets for 17 yards in Monday night's 34-24 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Jacobs again saw a lion's share of touches as the centerpiece of Las Vegas' offense. Although he averaged under four yards per carry for the second straight week, Jacobs again benefitted from his huge volume, now topping 85 yards in consecutive outings. The second-year tailback also got involved in the passing game, snagging each ball thrown his way. Even though his fantasy owners will be disappointed by a failed attempt at a one-yard touchdown during the second half, Jacobs' critical role for the Raiders offers great encouragement going into Week 3's game against the Patriots.

September 21, 2020 8:49 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Scores three times

Jacobs carried the ball 25 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against Carolina. He also added four receptions for 46 yards.

Analysis: Jacobs found the end zone regularly, with all three of his scores coming from within 10 yards. Also encouraging was his involvement in the receiving game, as Jacobs failed to record four receptions in any contest during his rookie campaign. Jacobs is locked in to a bellcow role for the Raiders and should be a key part of their offense in Week 2 against the Saints.

September 13, 2020 2:19 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Practices Sunday

Jacobs (undisclosed) participated in practice Sunday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jacobs was absent from the first three sessions of Raiders camp, but Jon Gruden didn't sound too worried Friday. "They're not out; they're working. You just don't see them," Gruden told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, speaking of Jacobs and right tackle Trent Brown (undisclosed). Tafur noted Jacobs ripped off a "couple nice runs so far" Sunday, so the second-year back seems on track for a typical workload in the near future.

August 16, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Missing practice

Jacobs (undisclosed) missed his third straight practice Friday,Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: That said, coach Jon Gruden downplayed the reason for the absence of both Jacobs and offensive tackle Trent Brown. "The head coach gets to make a decision or two and you'll see those guys soon enough. They're not out; they're working. You just don't see them." While it's unclear what's keeping the running back off the field, his unspecified issue doesn't sound like something that will linger or impact his Week 1 status.

August 14, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Not assured of passing-down work

Jacobs will face competition for pass-catching work from Jalen Richard and rookie Lynn Bowden, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports.

Analysis: Jacobs' receiving and blocking skills were oft-mentioned as a positive coming out of Alabama, but he was mostly used as an early down grinder throughout his rookie season, with 242 carries and 27 targets on 460 offensive snaps. He was Top 10 among qualified rushers in broken tackle rate and average yards after contact, finishing eighth in rushing yards despite missing three games in December with a shoulder injury. Jacobs seemingly had plenty of time to recover during the offseason, but his progression as a fantasy asset could be stalled if Raiders coach Jon Gruden prefers Richard and/or Bowden on passing downs. The team did lose DeAndre Washington's 108 carries and 41 targets from 2019, though half those carries and 46 percent of the targets came in the three games Jacobs missed.

June 23, 2020 5:06 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Ready for more receiving work?

General manager Mike Mayock said the Raiders expect Jacobs (shoulder) to increase his contributions in the passing game during his second pro season.

Analysis: Receiving skill was one of the selling points for Jacobs coming out of Alabama, but he was limited to 20 catches for 166 yards as a rookie, while Jalen Richard took most of the snaps on obvious passing downs en route to 36 receptions for 323 yards. Despite the promising comments from Mayock, it's worth noting that the Raiders gave Richard a two-year, $7 million contract in February. That doesn't mean Jacobs won't see more targets in his second pro season, but it does suggest the team still plans for Richard to have a significant role. There hasn't been any report of Jacobs needing surgery on an injured shoulder after he missed three of the final four games in 2019. His rookie campaign was thoroughly impressive from a rushing standpoint, with 242 carries going for 1,150 yards (4.8 average) and seven touchdowns. Only Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry averaged more rushing yards per game, and Jacobs also finished in the top 10 for both yards after contact per attempt (2.8) and attempts per broken tackle (9.3).

March 4, 2020 8:00 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Ruled out for season finale

Jacobs (shoulder/illness) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Initially deemed doubtful, it's no surprise that Jacobs will sit out for the season finale. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will handle the backfield against the Broncos. Jacobs -- a rookie first-rounder out of Alabama -- had a fantastic season prior to fracturing his shoulder, and he'll end the season with 1,150 rushing yards and seven touchdowns while adding 20 catches for 166 yards. He should be able to make a full recovery for the 2020 season and resume duties as a bell cow.

December 28, 2019 11:59 AM EST

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