A buzz-worthy story that gained traction over the weekend had Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs at the center of it. After impressing in last week’s Hall of Fame Game, many questioned why the team’s star running back was playing in a meaningless game. However, head coach Josh McDaniels ruled out any sort of speculation today.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport recently stated that the Raiders were not looking to move Jacobs. Be that as it may, insiders aren’t always 100 percent right, but if the team’s coach echoes the same sentiment, it carries another level of weight. McDaniels did just that while speaking to the media.
“We have a lot of confidence in J.J., and, you know, he did well with his opportunities, which we hoped he would, and he did. But no, we have no desire to [trade him] at all.”
Looks like Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is staying put…
Jacobs recorded impressive numbers last week versus the Jaguars, totaling 30 yards on the ground off of five carries. He looked every bit of the player that carried the Raiders into the playoffs late last season. Jacobs’ playing seemed to be conjecture and fans overthinking the situation more than anything. In fact, several players on the offense played alongside Jacobs including the entire O-line minus Kolton Miller. It does appear fans can lay any concerns regarding Jacobs to rest.
“I really do believe that the backs don’t really get to simulate what’s going to happen during the course of the regular season. And so, giving them an opportunity to actually get tackled, take care of the football, and get acclimated to a new system, quite honestly, I think is the goal. Each man’s different.”
On a side note, McDaniels also reemphasized his belief that playing all of your running backs in the preseason is an honest goal of his. With the next preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings approaching, the running back rotation will once again be something to keep an eye on.
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