Raiders: Predicting Week 1 starters at offensive skill positions
Starting Backfield: Josh Jacobs and Alec Ingold
The Raiders struck gold when they selected Josh Jacobs in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, as the rookie from Alabama took the NFL by storm in Year No. 1. Jacobs set a Raiders rookie rushing record by going over 1,100 yards, scored seven touchdowns, and did all of this damage in only 13 games.
An injured shoulder hampered Jacobs towards the end of the season, but not before he turned himself into the front-runner for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor. That award went to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, but those who watched Jacobs on a weekly basis definitely felt he was snubbed.
For the second year in a row, the man lead blocking for Jacobs will be Alec Ingold, a man who came on as an undrafted free agent last offseason and earned the starting fullback job. Ingold is the perfect compliment to Jacobs, and the two have a very close bond, which only helps make them even more productive on Sundays.
There is solid depth behind Jacobs in 2020, including Jalen Richard and 2020 draft pick Lynn Bowden Jr., but this is Jacobs show this season. He wants to be more involved in the passing game, and become more of a complete back, and the odds are he will do just that.