Josh Jacobs

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #8
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #8

Josh Jacobs News

Racks up 97 total yards

Jacobs carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Titans. He added five receptions for 31 yards.

Analysis: Jacobs appeared doubtful for this contest after he didn't make the original trip with the team. However, he was active for the game and dominated opportunities out of the Las Vegas backfield. He was efficient with his opportunity on the ground and also tied for second on the team with five receptions. The only thing missing was a trip to the end zone, though he got no work near the goal line. His production hasn't been spectacular to begin the season, but Jacobs has topped 70 total yards in each of his three games.

Sep 25, 2022 4:41 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Jacobs (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Jacobs, who missed practice Thursday and Friday, didn't initially travel with the team, but subsequently made his way to Nashville in advance of the contest. After testing things out in warmups, the Raiders' top back will give it a go Sunday. It remains to be seen if Jacobs will be limited at all in the contest but when he needs a breather versus Tennessee, Brandon Bolden, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White are on hand to absorb complementary snaps behind Jacobs, who has logged 29 carries for 126 yards and two catches for 28 yards through his first two games this season.

Sep 25, 2022 8:34 AM EST

In line to play Sunday

Jacobs (illness, questionable) is on track to play Sunday against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Official confirmation of Jacobs' Week 3 status will arrive upon the release of the Raiders' inactives ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but it looks like they'll have their top back -- who missed practice Thursday and Friday -- available for Week 3 action. Through his first two contests, Jacobs has recorded 29 carries for 126 yards and two catches for 28 yards.

Sep 25, 2022 8:04 AM EST

Sunday status TBD

Jacobs (illness, questionable) is in line to work out during pregame warmups to determine his availability for Sunday's game against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per Schefter, there is optimism that Jacobs -- who flew separately from the team to Tennessee ahead of the contest -- will be able to suit up, but a call on his Week 3 status won't be made until warmups in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. If Jacobs ends up out or limited, Brandon Bolden, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White would be candidates to log added backfield work versus Tennessee.

Sep 25, 2022 6:26 AM EST

Traveling to Tennessee

Jacobs (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, will travel to Tennessee, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: This is important because the Raiders strongly suggested the veteran starter wouldn't be able to travel with the team Saturday. Fantasy managers will still need to check in regarding Jacobs' status before the 1:00 PM ET kickoff, especially considering the 24-year-old did not participate in back-to-back practices.

Sep 24, 2022 12:29 PM EST

Status in question for Sunday

Jacobs (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Jacobs capped Week 3 prep with back-to-back absences, the result of an illness. Gutierrez also reported that Jacobs won't travel with the Raiders to Nashville on Friday, meaning the running back's status truly is up in the air. If Jacobs is unable to make the trip to Tennessee or shows up and eventually is limited or out Sunday, Brandon Bolden, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White are on hand to take on whatever Jacobs is unable to.

Sep 23, 2022 1:49 PM EST

Still dealing with illness

Jacobs (illness) wasn't spotted at the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Through two games, Jacobs has produced modest results, averaging 4.3 YPC on 29 rushes and gathering in both targets for 28 yards with no touchdowns. An illness didn't allow him to practice Thursday and appears to be doing the same to wrap up Week 3 prep. Friday's injury report will reveal whether or not Jacobs enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's game at Tennessee.

Sep 23, 2022 11:44 AM EST

Misses practice Thursday

Jacobs didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Jacobs practiced fully Wednesday, so his additional to the injury report Thursday is notable. Look for added context regarding the running back's Week 3 status to arrive no later than Friday's injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans. If Jacobs is out or limited this weekend, Brandon Bolden (hamstring, limited practice Thursday), Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White are candidates to log added backfield work versus Tennessee.

Sep 22, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Big workload with mediocre results

Jacobs ran for 69 yard on 19 carries against Arizona on Sunday, adding a 12-yard catch on one target.

Analysis: Jacobs' workload was reassuring in this game, as Zamir White saw just one carry and Ameer Abdullah saw just one target. Unfortunately for Jacobs' fantasy investors his next matchup is a road game against the Titans, which might be a more challenging matchup than the Cardinals were.

Sep 18, 2022 5:05 PM EST

Efficient with light usage

Jacobs ran for 57 yards on 10 carries and caught one pass for 16 yards on one target against the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: The Raiders never gained scoreboard leverage over the Chargers in this game and as a result maintained a catch-up mentality for almost the whole game. Jacobs' rushing usage suffered as a result, even with him doing well for his own part. The Raiders lost with this approach, so new coach Josh McDaniels might have reason to involve Jacobs earlier in a Week 2 matchup against Arizona.

Sep 11, 2022 4:53 PM EST

Ceding more snaps this year?

Jacobs figures to be the Raiders' starting running back but could cede some goal-line carries to Zamir White and passing-down snaps to Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.

Analysis: Concern surrounding Jacobs peaked when he played in the Hall of Fame Game while nearly all the Raiders' other starters sat out. He's since been held out of two preseason games, quieting concern in regard to the Week 1 starting job, but there's still a decent chance Jacobs sees his workload reduced relative to past season. He's never seen much playing time in obvious passing situations, to be fair, but he did rank top 8 in team share of inside-the-five carries the past two years, getting 78 percent in 2020 and 60 percent in 2021. White threatens to take a chunk of that, though we may not know how much, if any, until regular-season action begins the Raiders in Week 1 against the division-rival Chargers.

Aug 24, 2022 6:49 AM EST

Back at practice

Jacobs (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The running back had missed time due to an unspecified issue, but now that he's back on the field, Jacobs will look to cement his role atop the Raiders' backfield depth chart. With the team slated to move on from Kenyan Drake, Jacobs and Zamir White appear poised to handle the bulk of the early-down work for Las Vegas, with Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden profiling as the squad's primary change-of-pace options heading into Week 1.

Aug 23, 2022 9:31 AM EST

Remains sidelined

Jacobs (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Reed previously noted that Jacobs has been sidelined since Aug. 12, but so far it hasn't been made clear what's causing the running back's absences. With that in mind, Jacobs could be trending toward sitting out Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

Aug 18, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Missing practice

Jacobs (undisclosed) didn't practice Wednesday, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Reed, Jacobs has been sidelined since Aug. 12, but at this stage it's unclear what's keeping the running back off the field. With that in mind, Jacobs' status for Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins is unclear.

Aug 17, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Doesn't play against Vikings

Jacobs didn't appear in the Raiders' 26-20 preseason win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Jacobs was one of the few starters to play during last week's Hall of Fame Game against the Jaguars, but he didn't take the field Sunday. Ameer Abdullah was also held out for rest purposes, so Zamir White served as the starting running back and rushed five times for 13 yards while securing two of three targets for four yards. Jacobs racked up 44 yards from scrimmage during last week's Hall of Fame Game. Coach Josh McDaniels refuted speculation this week that the Raiders are looking to trade Jacobs, and the 2019 first-rounder seems to be the frontrunner to serve as the team's starting running back this year in spite of his surprising appearance in the Hall of Fame Game.

Aug 14, 2022 8:49 PM EST

No trade plans

Coach Josh McDaniels has refuted speculation that the Raiders are looking to trade Jacobs, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Jacobs, whose fifth-year contract option was turned down by the franchise this spring, logged seven touches in this past Thursday's preseason opener, an outcome that McDaniels downplayed, noting that the Raiders are using the preseason to get their running backs acclimated to game action, while building chemistry behind the team's offensive line. Also in the mix for touches in Las Vegas' backfield behind Jacobs -- who is listed atop the team's posted depth chart -- are Zamir White, Kenyan Drake, Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden.

Aug 8, 2022 10:07 AM EST

Surprising appearance downplayed

Raiders coach Josh McDaniel suggested Jacobs played in Thursday's preseason opener because it's difficult for running backs to simulate game action in practice, reports. "I always think it's good for backs to carry the ball in the preseason," McDaniels said. "There's a lot of things that happen when you're getting tackled and hit that you can't simulate in practice.

Analysis: It reeks of coach-speak, but that doesn't mean Jacobs' appearance in the Hall of Fame Game is cause for total panic. For one thing, the Raiders didn't rest all their starters the way the Jaguars did, instead selectively sitting players based on age and/or status. And while Jacobs may be one of the Raiders' most prominent players from a fantasy standpoint, he doesn't compare all that favorably to other starting RBs around the league. He does compare favorably to the other guys on the Vegas depth chart, however, and he showed it Thursday night with seven touches for 44 yards. Rookie fourth-round pick Zamir White also made his case for a role with 11 carries for 52 yards, getting all his work after Jacobs was done for the night. Austin Walter and Ameer Abdullah also had their moments, but they're probably more in the mix for passing-down work, as is Brandon Bolden (who was rested). Last and perhaps least, Kenyan Drake had a rough Thursday night, managing only nine yards on five carries and working behind both Jacobs and White. McDaniels may not intend to use Jacobs as a workhorse, but the fourth-year pro remains a favorite to take most of the carries and a portion of the RB targets.

Aug 5, 2022 7:33 AM EST

Explosive in preseason opener

Jacobs rushed five times for 30 yards and brought in both targets for 14 yards during the Raiders' 27-11 preseason win over the Jaguars in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.

Analysis: Jacobs was the biggest name on the Raiders offense to see action Thursday, and he made good use of his time on the field as his final line indicates. Playing on Las Vegas' first two drives, the 24-year-old rattled off gains of 12 and nine yards and also put together a strong showing through the air. Jacobs figures to see similar usage in at least two of the Raiders' remaining three preseason games as a tune-up for another season as the team's lead back.

Aug 4, 2022 8:47 PM EST

Back at practice

Jacobs (undisclosed) participated in Thursday's training camp practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Raiders won't practice in pads until next week, but Jacobs' participation in Thursday's drills demonstrate that he's past the undisclosed issue that caused him to miss time during the team's OTAs. As the coming season approaches, the 2019 first-rounder heads a running back corps that also includes Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden and rookie fourth-rounder Zamir White. With the Raiders having declined Jacobs' fifth-year contract option, the 24-year-old approaches the coming campaign in a contract year with much to prove. If he can stay healthy, look for Jacobs to continue to handle a key early-down role for Las Vegas, with Drake mixing in and both Bolden and White also candidates to earn touches. Though Reed and Vic Tafur both suggest that White has the potential to start down the road, it remains to be seen how heavily he'll be used as a rookie. Regardless of how the Raiders' carries end up being distributed, however, the team's backfield will be working within the framework of an offense that's been fortified by the addition of elite wideout Davante Adams.

Jul 21, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Non-participant at minicamp

Jacobs was held out of practices at June minicamp due to an undisclosed injury, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With no report of offseason surgery or a major injury, Jacobs seemingly has a good chance to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. He's entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, after the Raiders declined to pick up his fifth-year option for $8.03 million. Between that and the presence of a new coaching staff, Jacobs won't automatically have the same role as in past seasons, though it helps his cause to have modest competition for early down snaps -- namely 28-year-old Kenyan Drake (coming back from a major ankle injury) and fourth-round rookie Zamir White. For passing situations, the Raiders have a few more options, with Jacobs and Drake joined by offseason signings Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden.

Jun 21, 2022 6:02 AM EST

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