Has RB Josh Jacobs lost his place?

In 2019, the Las Vegas Raiders had three first-round picks. The second of those three was on Josh Jacobs, an attractive running back from Alabama. At the time, the Raiders were still moving away from the The days of Marshawn Lynch. They also didn’t have a clear number one back.

With that in mind, as soon as Jacobs was selected, fans already knew that spot was up for grabs. Jacobs would go on to have a notable rookie season and was barely beaten by Miles Sander for the rookie of the year award. Since that first season however, Jacobs has failed to establish himself as one of the best running backs in the league as everyone thought. Let’s take a look at some of the things contributing to his potential exit from the Raiders and find out if Jacobs has already lost his spot.

Raiders News: Are Josh Jacobs’ days numbered?

injuries

The first, and one of the main reasons why Jacobs finds himself in this situation, is because of his own body. At Alabama, Jacobs was used sparingly thanks to a load of talent around him in the backfield. Because of this, when he was drafted, many fans were thrilled that he faced less wear and tear in college and hoped it would allow him to remain durable in the NFL. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

The thing is, Josh Jacobs was very good when he was healthy. In his rookie season, Jacobs was sensational. He missed three games due to injury but still rushed for over 1,100 yards and averaged nearly five yards per carry. Then in 2020 he suffered various injuries and while gaining another 1,000 rushing yards, he could only muster 3.9 yards per carry. In 2020, Jacobs has struggled with injuries again and has been limited to under 900 yards this season.

These injuries seem to be taking their toll on the young back. Still, they haven’t reduced their team’s performance on the pitch. Josh Jacobs had an incredible streak in the final two games of the 2021 season. Without it, Las Vegas likely wouldn’t have made the playoffs. The Raiders need Jacobs’ talent; they just need him to stay healthy too.

Contractual situation and new regime

The easiest way to find out how a franchise values ​​its players is to use their payroll. As soon as Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels came to town, they started handing out massive contracts like Oprah. Most of them went to attacking players, including Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow. The Raiders have also been in contact with Darren Waller.

Jacobs is a notable name that stands out. He’s seen every other important piece of his offense get a boost, but his name is still waiting to be called. To make matters worse, the new regime brought in two more fullbacks, Brandon Bolden and Zamir White, while simultaneously turning down Jacobs’ contract option. The newcomers to town seem to have made their feelings for Jacobs clear.

What’s next for Josh Jacobs?

Ultimately, this season is do or die for Josh Jacobs. He’ll be a free agent after this season, and it doesn’t look like the new front office is thrilled about the possibility of Jacobs staying in the fold.

Still, Josh Jacobs has a ton of talent and is one of the toughest guys on the roster. He’s never been known to back down from a fight, and that’s just another issue for him. If he can have a solid season and stay healthy, he’ll have a chance to come back. Likewise, if he can’t move the ball and continues to deal with injuries, the curtains will close on Josh’s Raiders career.

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