Raiders Training Camp Battles: Keeping Up With Josh Jacobs

Is Kenyan Drake Back?

A broken ankle ended Kenyan Drake’s 2021 campaign. Many have wondered if he would be back in time to start training camp. And if not, when? The Raiders need his skillset. Drake is better out of the backfield than Jacobs is. His running style is more elusive than his power, and a much needed change of pace. When healthy, Drake fits the James White role in the offense.

When an alternative approach is needed for the run-game plan, say more of a slasher, he should get the majority of the carries. With a more innovative game plan, Drake should see a lot more action than he did last year.

What’s At Stake In 2022?

The AFC West defenses, for the most part, have been pass rush-oriented units. We’re talking about smaller and lighter linebackers. They’re used to running with tight ends and running backs, but McDaniels is countering with a mountainous fullback, a battering ram, and three backs who can run right through a head-up defender.

The true battle is for the number one top dog spot. At this point, Jacobs is the guy, and rightfully so. White is the new regime’s version of Jacobs moving forward. It is shinier, faster, more explosive, and easier on the wallet than Jacobs. Nevertheless, it is still Jacobs’ job to lose. Should he falter or get hurt, White is there.

Personally speaking, Drake and Bolden have defined roles that no other members of this committee are better at. McCormick has been placed on injured reserve, so he can’t be poached off of the practice squad. Brown, at this point, appears to be on camp legs, playing for the practice squad or trying to hit a grand slam and convince the coaching staff to go with him.

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*Top Photo: AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron

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