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Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs

Running Back #8
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 7
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: 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

Josh Jacobs: Listed as doubtful this week

Jacobs (shoulder/illness) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Assuming Jacobs is deemed inactive Sunday, DeAndre Washington would be in line to head the Raiders' Week 17 ground attack, with Jalen Richard on hand to serve as a change-of-pace/pass-catching option for the team.

December 27, 2019 1:20 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Absent Friday, likely to sit Week 17

Jacobs (shoulder) isn't participating in Friday's practice, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The Raiders will make a ruling on Jacobs' status for Sunday's game in Denver shortly after the session concludes, but with the rookie logging no participation in practices Wednesday through Friday, it would be surprising if he suited up in Week 17. If Jacobs ends up sitting out and the Raiders' long-shot playoff bid falls short, he'll wrap up a productive campaign with 1,316 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns. DeAndre Washington is the most likely candidate to lead the Oakland ground attack against the Broncos, while Jalen Richard serves as a change-of-pace option.

December 27, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Not expected to play Sunday

Jacobs -- who is dealing with both a skin infection and a lingering shoulder issue -- isn't expected to play Sunday against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: We'll circle back later Friday to see how the Raiders officially list Jacobs on their final Week 17 injury report, but at this stage, it looks like the team's rushing attack Sunday will be in the hands of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

December 27, 2019 10:19 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Absent at practice after procedure

Jacobs (shoulder) wasn't present for Thursday's practice, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: After missing two of the Raiders' last three games with a fractured right shoulder, Jacobs' health heading into the regular-season finale became an even bigger question mark when he revealed in an Instagram story that he underwent a procedure Christmas Day. Per Bair, Jacobs later revealed the procedure merely treated a superficial skin infection on his left leg rather than an injury, so overcoming the shoulder issue remains his main priority in advance of Sunday's game in Denver. Jacobs' status for Week 17 won't gain clarity until after Friday's practice, and the rookie would likely need to participate in that session in at least some capacity to have a realistic shot at suiting up against the Broncos.

December 26, 2019 11:22 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Discomfort in leg addressed

The Raiders relayed Thursday that Jacobs "woke up with discomfort in his leg on Wednesday" and was subsequently "evaluated and treated for a superficial skin infection," Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The statement supports the notion that the procedure Jacobs underwent Wednesday won't impact his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos. That said, the running back was unable to play in Week 16 due to a lingering shoulder injury, and that's still something that could impact his availability this weekend.

December 26, 2019 10:52 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Addresses procedure

In the wake of reports that he underwent an unspecified procedure Wednesday night, Jacobs relayed that the issue addressed was not a football injury, rather he was dealing with an infection, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: We'll look for added clarity on the running back's status later Thursday, but Jacobs -- who was sidelined by a lingering shoulder injury in Week 16 -- previously posted an image which suggests that Wednesday's procedure dealt with a lower-leg issue. Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicated that Jacobs' procedure "should not affect" his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

December 26, 2019 10:17 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Expected to play after procedure

The Raiders are still expected to have Jacobs available for Sunday's game in Denver, even though the rookie underwent a procedure Christmas Day to address his fractured right shoulder plate, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jacobs broke the news of his procedure early Thursday via his personal Instagram account before later deleting the post, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic. The running back previously acknowledged he sustained the injury in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to the Packers, but he proceeded to play in the subsequent six contests before then sitting out two of the team's last three games. The Raiders are expected to provide more clarity on Jacobs' situation later Thursday, but with the 7-8 squad still technically alive for a playoff spot, the 21-year-old looks like he's tentatively planning to try playing this weekend.

December 26, 2019 8:49 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Reportedly undergoes procedure

Jacobs posted on his Instagram late Wednesday night that he underwent an unspecified procedure, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Per Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle, the running back -- whose post included an image of his lower/leg foot wrapped in a bandage -- relayed that his procedure "went great." Jacobs missed the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Chargers due to a shoulder injury that he's been dealing with/managing since Oct. 20. That ongoing issue, plus Wednesday's post, which requires further context, obviously clouds the Jacobs' status for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Broncos.

December 26, 2019 6:59 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Reportedly has surgery

Jacobs (shoulder) reported on his Instagram account that he had surgery Wednesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Details aren't available at this point, but presumably this was on his injured shoulder. If so, that would obviously take him out of consideration for playing in Week 17.

December 25, 2019 11:49 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Listed as non-participant Wednesday

Jacobs (shoulder/illness) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Jacobs, who sat out Week 16 action with a shoulder injury, was also listed as having his estimated participation Wednesday affected by an illness. Once the Raiders return to the field Thursday, we should get a better idea of Jacobs' chances of returning to action for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Broncos

December 25, 2019 12:15 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Works during Tuesday's walkthrough

Jacobs (shoulder) participated in Tuesday's walkthrough, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Absent two of the past three games due to a fractured right shoulder plate, Jacobs appears to be putting himself on a path to another appearance before the end of the regular season. Considering the Raiders still have a chance to make the playoffs, however faint it may be, the team would behoove itself by trotting out its optimal offense Week 17. Ultimately, though, Jacobs' activity level the next few days will go a long way toward Oakland's decision-making process. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are on hand in the event Jacobs again is unavailable to the backfield.

December 24, 2019 12:47 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Could play in season finale

Coach Jon Gruden said Jacobs (shoulder) may be ready for the season finale against the Broncos, Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Jacobs has missed two of the last three games due to a fractured shoulder, but he handled bell-cow duties despite the injury in Week 15's loss to the Jaguars, rushing 24 times for 89 yards and catching to passes for 20 yards. The Raiders haven't been eliminated from playoff contention yet, so the rookie first-round pick's presence would obviously increase their chances of securing the final spot. His practice status will be monitored throughout the upcoming week. If he's ultimately ruled out, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will handle the backfield again.

December 23, 2019 1:21 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Won't play Sunday

Coach Jon Gruden noted Wednesday that Jacobs (shoulder) won't play Sunday against the Chargers, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Vic Tafur of The Athletic, the Raiders will hold Jacobs out this week, then see if the running back can give it a go in Week 17 against the Broncos. In Jacobs' absence this weekend, DeAndre Washington is in line to head the team's rushing attack, with Jalen Richard on hand to work in a complementary role.

December 18, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Shoulder remains an issue

Coach Jon Gruden acknowledged Monday that Jacobs -- who has been dealing with a shoulder injury since Week 7 -- had a hard time taking off his shoulder pads off after Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Gruden praised the running back's toughness, while suggesting that the status of Jacobs for the coming weeks will continue be in some question. That's not to say that the 6-8 Raiders are inclined to shut Jacobs down, but he'll need to be monitored closely during practice in the coming days to see if his shoulder rebounds well enough for him to play this coming weekend against the Chargers. For now, consider Jacobs -- who carried 24 times for 89 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 yards against Jacksonville -- questionable for Week 16 action.

December 16, 2019 2:43 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Tops 100 scrimmage yards in return

Jacobs carried the ball 24 times for 89 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: After missing last week's loss to the Titans with a shoulder issue, Jacobs saw his usual workload in his return to the lineup and topped 100 scrimmage yards for the ninth time in 13 games. The rookie hasn't found the end zone since Week 10 against the Chargers, but he'll get a chance to do it again when the two teams meet for the second time next Sunday.

December 15, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Josh Jacobs: Active as expected

Jacobs (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Jacobs had predicted he'd be ready to go earlier in the week, and this validates the rookie's pledge. He'll be locked into a premium matchup versus a Jaguars defense that's been shockingly poor against the run this season, allowing 22.7 fantasy points per game to running backs (third most) in standard scoring formats. Jacobs is expected to play without any specific limitations, sending both Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington back into complementary roles.

December 15, 2019 11:40 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Still trending toward playing

Jacobs (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, remains on track to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After sitting out the Week 14 loss to the Titans, Jacobs indicated earlier this week that he intended to resume playing, even though his fractured right shoulder plate still hasn't fully healed. The Raiders were apparently satisfied with the results of Jacobs' recent MRI, and the rookie was further able to restore some faith in his health by practicing on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday. So long as his shoulder cooperates, Jacobs isn't expected to face any specific restrictions with his snap or touch count in Week 15.

December 15, 2019 5:48 AM EST

Josh Jacobs: Listed as questionable, plans to play

Jacobs (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars, indicated Friday that he plans to play this weekend, but the running back wouldn't guarantee that outcome, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Jacobs added that his shoulder is not slated to require offseason surgery, but noted he'll likely have to rest and rehab for a month or so in order for it to fully heal. As for Sunday's contest, Jacobs seems prepared to tough it out this weekend, but he should still be treated as a game-time decision for the Raiders' 4:05 ET kickoff. In the event that he ends up scratched, or limited at all, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, to a lesser degree, would be in line for added Week 15 touches out of the team's backfield.

December 13, 2019 1:00 PM EST

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