Raiders Training Camp Battles: Keeping Up With Josh Jacobs

The Raiders have their own Zeus

To the naked eye, White and Jacobs appear to be very similar running backs. Both went to SEC schools, produced in a committee backfield and won a championship before declaring themselves draft eligible. Both of them are strong in the trenches and in the open field.

Surprisingly enough, despite White (4.40) being over a full quarter of a second faster in the 40-yard dash than Jacobs (4.67), he rarely got a chance to showcase it in the open field. His wiggle, or ability to juke defenders or make guys miss, is questionable at best. That is also due largely to the style of play that Georgia employed. There were a lot of gun runs and counters, and unblocked defenders met him three yards deep in the backfield almost every time.

By fighting and scrapping for every yard that he got, White made a lot of guys miss in the backfield. He should fare much better behind this Raiders offensive line. He doesn’t have to make plays that deeply in the backfield on nearly every play, which should maximize his wiggle. White, unlike Jacobs, is a home-run threat from anywhere on the field.

Brandon Bolden’s Fit With The Raiders

McDaniels’ short-yardage thumper is Brandon Bolden. Bolden is a power-running tackle breaker who punishes defenders. McDaniels has acquired a stable of punishing running backs who aren’t necessarily the fastest or most dynamic, but will grind the meat. Bolden is the brahma bull of this staff. Bolden is almost certainly a shoe-in to make the 53, and will be featured heavily in short-yardage situations.

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