October 2, 2023 5:36 am
Josh Jacobs Continues to Battle Rust as He Works Towards Peak Performance

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs did not participate in the offseason program, training camp, or the preseason. He only joined the team on August 26th. As a result, it was not surprising that Jacobs had a less-than-ideal performance in the game. He rushed for only 48 yards on 19 carries, averaging 2.5 yards per carry, which is his third-lowest average in his career. Despite this, Jacobs contributed with two catches for 23 yards and had a crucial block that helped Jimmy Garoppolo secure an 8-yard scramble.

Feeling dissatisfied with his performance, Jacobs acknowledged that there were several runs that could have been game-changing if executed differently. He noted that he needs to shake off the rust from his extended absence and improve his decision-making on the field. Jacobs understands that practice and hard work will be key in regaining his top form, especially since he missed the offseason preparations.

Last season, Jacobs played an average of 48 snaps per game and led the league in touches, yards from scrimmage, and rushing yards. In the game against the Broncos, he played 47 snaps, which was lower than usual. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels explained that the nature of the game limited their ability to increase Jacobs’ play count. McDaniels mentioned that Jacobs is highly self-critical and will analyze his performance to identify areas of improvement. Both Jacobs and the team are committed to working hard to enhance their performance.

Jacobs recently signed a one-year deal worth up to $12 million with bonuses, which was an adjustment from the $10.1 million franchise tag. This contract puts him on track to become a free agent in March, adding additional motivation for him to excel on the field.

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