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2021 Raiders Rewind: FB Alec Ingold

The Las Vegas Raiders were one of just 22 teams to still have a fullback on their roster in 2021. Not only do they have one on their roster, but their fullback is also a critical part of their offense. Alec Ingold has been the Raiders’ fullback for three seasons after going undrafted in 2019.

Before tearing his ACL in Week 10, Ingold was having another great season as one of the NFL’s best fullbacks. Despite missing the final two months of the season, Ingold made his presence known in 2021.

The Highlights

Ingold ended the season with 10 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. He caught 100% of the passes intended for him and averaged 8.5 yards per reception.

Ingold is reliable in the passing game and also in the run blocking game. Ingold was graded by Pro Football Focus at 73.6 in run blocking for 2021. His highest run-blocking grade was in Week 7, with 90.7. His on-field performances were impressive, but when Ingold’s season ended with an injury, it was felt more than just on Sunday.

The Raiders’ third-year fullback is also a team captain and a previous Walter Payton nominee. His leadership skills have been highly regarded by multiple members of the team over the years, and it was apparent how much of an impact he had on them after his injury.

It’s a big loss. Again, not only the player but who he is and what he brings to our team and the leadership role and the role that he plays as a man.” Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia told the media after Ingold’s injury. Ingold remained dedicated to the team throughout his rehab, making his presence felt on game days and interacting with Raider Nation.

The Question Marks

After Ingold’s injury, the Raiders signed another fullback to take his place. Sutton Smith played the rest of the season in Silver and Black and signed a two-year contract extension. Ingold’s contract is set to expire, and he will become a restricted free agent in March.

Depending on who the Raiders’ next head coach is, it’s possible Ingold won’t be brought back next season. His impact on the team is enough to get support from the 2021 staff, but what will the 2022 staff think once they’re in place?

*Top Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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