Josh Jacobs

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #8
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #8
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Josh Jacobs News

Fifth-year option declined

The Raiders have elected to not pick up Jacobs' fifth-year contract option, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow 2019 first-rounders Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram, though GM Dave Ziegler relayed that the team looks "forward to working with all three players and (will) evaluate each situation individually moving forward." With that, Jacobs remains under contract with Las Vegas this coming season, and it's still possible the Raiders will look to keep the 24-year-old around beyond 2022, especially if produces well in the final year of his rookie deal. In 15 games last year, Jacobs carried 217 times for 872 yards and nine TDs, while adding 54 catches (on 64 targets) for 348 yards. He's slated to reprise his lead role in the team's backfield this coming season, with Kenyan Drake set to work in a complementary role and Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah on hand in reserve.

Apr 29, 2022 10:21 AM EST


Solid showing on the road

Jacobs ran for 83 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 44 yards on five targets against Cincinnati on Saturday.

Analysis: Jacobs could have had a bigger day if the Raiders had been more competitive, but they only scored one touchdown in the 26-19 loss and didn't have the luxury of leaning on their run game. Jacobs' pass-catching showing was reassuring and his production as a receiver generally in 2021 could give the Raiders reason to give him more pass-catching work in future years, though to this point in his career Jacobs has been dependent on run-viable game flows for standout fantasy production.

Jan 15, 2022 6:38 PM EST



Good to go for Saturday's game

Jacobs (ribs) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals after being listed as a limited practice participant this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: The same applies to tight end Darren Waller (knee), which sets the stage for the Las Vegas offense to have its key playmakers available for the team's wild-card contest versus Cincinnati. In the Raiders' 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers in Week 18, Jacobs parlayed his 57 snaps into 26 carries for a season-high 132 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for 12 yards. He'll continue handle the bulk of the team's carries this weekend, with Jalen Richard available to serve in a change-of-pace role and Peyton Barber on hand in reserve.

Jan 13, 2022 1:45 PM EST


Limited participant

Jacobs (ribs) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report, with the Raiders holding a walkthrough for the second day in a row.

Analysis: Jacobs played through the rib injury Week 18 and took 28 touches for 144 yards and a TD to help the Raiders earn a playoff spot. He'll now face a Bengals team that held him to 61 total yards and no score back in Week 11 when the Raiders lost by 19 points, but his workload shouldn't be an issue Saturday after Jacobs closed out the regular season with at least 61 percent of snaps and 18 touches in four straight games.

Jan 12, 2022 2:06 PM EST


Remains limited by rib injury

Jacobs (ribs) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Jacobs emerged from Week 17 action with a rib injury, which spurred the Raiders to place a cap on his reps last Wednesday through Friday. He eventually was deemed active for Sunday's must-win game against the Chargers, and he went over and through them to the tune of 28 touches for 144 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD in a 35-32 overtime victory. The fact Jacobs is kicking off this week in a similar fashion implies Las Vegas is merely managing his health, but his status nonetheless bears watching ahead of Saturday's playoff opener at Cincinnati.

Jan 11, 2022 2:31 PM EST



New high in regular season finale

Jacobs (ribs) rushed 26 times for 132 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for 12 more yards in Sunday's 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Jacobs suited up for this game despite carrying a questionable tag into the weekend, but the rib injury did not appear to hamper Las Vegas' top rushing option. The 28 touches tied the 23-year-old's previous season high, while the 132 rushing yards set a new high water mark heading into the postseason. As for the regular season, Jacobs had a down year (872 rushing yards, 348 receiving yards and nine touchdowns over 15 games) and finished below 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his three seasons with the Raiders. Las Vegas has seen its offense experience major coaching and scheme changes throughout the year, but Jacobs figures to be heavily involved if the Raiders stand a chance to upset the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the playoffs.

Jan 9, 2022 9:55 PM EST


Playing in Week 18

Jacobs (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Jacobs carried a 'questionable' designation into the weekend, but he'll give it a go in Sunday's regular-season finale, which has major playoff implications for both teams. With that in mind, look for Jacobs to handle as much work as his rib issue permits versus Los Angeles, with Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard available to spell him and work in complementary roles out of the Raiders' Week 18 backfield. Jacobs has ripped off 21 touches for 95 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three rushing TDs over the last six contests.

Jan 9, 2022 3:54 PM EST


Expected to play Sunday night

Jacobs (ribs) is expected to play Sunday night against the Chargers, Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jacobs is officially listed as questionable for the contest, so his status is nonetheless worth confirming ahead of Sunday's 8:20 ET kickoff. If he is indeed in uniform versus Los Angeles, Jacobs would be in line to head the Raiders' Week 18 backfield, with with Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard available to spell him and work in complementary roles. For those looking to secure a contingency plan just to safe, Barber worth considering.

Jan 9, 2022 11:12 AM EST


Questionable for Sunday night contest

Jacobs (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chargers, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: The Raiders listed the running back as a limited practice participant all week, a slate that included walkthroughs Wednesday and Thursday. However, given his official 'questionable' designation, Jacobs' status is worth tracking ahead of Sunday's night's 8:20 ET kickoff. Ideally, some added context on that front will arrive late Saturday or early Sunday when national reporters like ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport put out their weekly injury updates. Those looking for some insurance for Jacobs considering Las Vegas' late kickoff may want to considering adding Peyton Barber.

Jan 7, 2022 2:17 PM EST


Logs another limited listing

Jacobs (ribs) was listed as limited in Thursday's walkthrough, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: With back-to-back limited listings through Wednesday and Thursday's walkthroughs, Friday's final injury report will reveal whether the Raiders' top back approaches Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chargers with a Week 18 injury designation or fully cleared to play.

Jan 6, 2022 3:37 PM EST


Limited at walkthrough

Jacobs (ribs) was listed as limited at Wednesday's walkthrough practice, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Jacobs has two more opportunities to upgrade his participation level ahead of Sunday's night's game against the Chargers. However, at this stage there's nothing to suggest that the running back's Week 18 status is in peril. If Jacobs is able to practice fully by Friday, he'll have a chance to head into the weekend minus an injury designation.

Jan 5, 2022 3:39 PM EST


Totals 80 yards, finds end zone

Jacobs rushed the ball 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Colts. He added four receptions for 17 yards.

Analysis: Jacobs enjoyed a productive day primarily on the basis of volume, as he topped 20 touches for the fourth time in his last six games. He wasn't all that efficient, as he managed only one gain that went for double-digit yards. However, he did salvage his effort with a two-yard plunge into the end zone midway through the first quarter. Jacobs hasn't been the most efficient performer this season, though he did surpass 1,000 total yards for the third consecutive campaign.

Jan 2, 2022 2:53 PM EST


Big day against Denver

Jacobs carried the ball 27 times for 129 yards and caught one of three targets for minus-five yards in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: It's the first time all season Jacobs has hit for triple-digit rushing yards, and his day would have been even more productive had Peyton Barber not vultured a five-yard TD run in the third quarter. Jacobs is on a roll to close out the season, compiling 490 scrimmage yards over the last five games, and he'll look to keep his momentum going in Week 17 against the Colts.

Dec 26, 2021 8:49 PM EST


Logs full practice

Jacobs (illness) returned to a full practice Thursday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Jacobs sat out Wednesday's session, but the running back's full participation Thursday sets the stage for him to continue to head the Raiders' backfield Sunday against the Broncos. In the team's 16-14 win over the Browns this past Monday, Jacobs logged 45 of a possible 69 snaps on offense, en route to carrying 15 times for 52 yards and catching three of his four targets for 42 yards. As his team's clear-cut top RB option, Jacobs maintains reliable enough volume to profile as a solid fantasy option in Week 16.

Dec 23, 2021 1:37 PM EST


Listed as DNP Wednesday

Jacobs (illness) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's walkthrough.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Jacobs' illness might impact his availability for Thursday's practice, but all things considered league-wide his status is now worth monitoring as Sunday's game against the Broncos approaches. Next up for the Raiders' RB reps if Jacobs misses the session or is limited are Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard.

Dec 22, 2021 3:47 PM EST


Just shy of 100 scrimmage yards

Jacobs rushed 15 times for 52 yards and caught three of four targets for 42 yards in Monday's 16-14 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Jacobs still hasn't reached 100 rushing yards in a game this season, but he came six yards from breaking 100 scrimmage yards for the second time. He continues to struggle on the ground but has been much more involved as a pass-catcher recently, totaling 17 receptions for 126 yards over the past three games for a Raiders team with a dearth of receiving options besides Hunter Renfrow. Peyton Barber (five carries for 34 yards) mixed in with fresh legs on occasion, but Jacobs should remain the leading man in the Vegas backfield in Week 16 against the Broncos.

Dec 20, 2021 6:07 PM EST


Raiders-Browns moved to Monday

Jacobs and the Raiders will no longer play the Browns on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the Week 15 game is played Monday as planned, Jacobs and Las Vegas will face a quick turnaround for its Week 16 contest versus the Broncos, which is still expected to be played Sunday, Dec. 26 as scheduled.

Dec 17, 2021 4:18 PM EST


Salvages performance as receiver

Jacobs rushed the ball nine times for 24 yards in Sunday's 48-9 loss to the Chiefs. He added five receptions on six targets for 46 yards.

Analysis: Jacobs began the game in inauspicious fashion by fumbling on his first carry. His day didn't get much better on the ground, as he was limited to fewer than 30 yards for the third time this season. On the other hand, Jacobs did manage to chip in as a receiver, highlighted by catches of 14 and 10 yards. Work as a pass catcher has been the key to his production of late, as he now has at least four receptions in five of his last six games.

Dec 12, 2021 2:46 PM EST


Big day as pass catcher

Jacobs carried the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown and caught all nine of his targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 17-15 loss to Washington.

Analysis: He tied Hunter Renfrow for the team lead in receptions, as Derek Carr didn't show a lot of trust in any of his other options through the air, and Jacobs' one-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter set the Raiders up to potentially tie the game at 14-14, but they weren't able to cash in a two-point conversion. The running back has reached 90 scrimmage yards with a touchdown in back-to-back games, giving him plenty of momentum heading into a Week 14 battle with Kansas City.

Dec 5, 2021 8:22 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Jacobs (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: Jacobs, who logged limited practices Thursday and Friday before heading into the weekend listed as questionable, will give it a go Sunday and should continue to lead the Raiders' backfield in Week 13, with Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber on hand to spell him. In Las Vegas' 36-33 overtime win over Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, Jacobs logged 57 of a possible 87 snaps on offense, en route to carrying 22 times for 87 yards and a TD, while catching two of his four targets for 25 yards.

Dec 5, 2021 11:48 AM EST


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