Raiders: 2022 two-deep prediction for the offensive skill positions
RB1: Josh Jacobs
There’s always that one position group that houses a logjam of talent. For Las Vegas, that’s the running back unit.
As clogged as this group is, it’s hard to imagine Josh Jacobs won’t be the workhorse – Even with the Raiders not picking up his fifth-year option, then proceeding to draft two running backs in the ’22 NFL draft.
Jacobs is your classic bell-cow back. In each of his three seasons since entering the league, the Alabama alum has recorded at least 20 broken tackles on the ground; A feat only he and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb has achieved.
In addition, Jacobs makes people miss. A lot of people miss.
In 2019, Jacobs’ rookie year, he was crowned the “Most elusive running back in the NFL”, per Pro Football Focus. Since that ’19 season, only Nick Chubb has recorded more forced missed tackles in the past three-years. Jacobs’ elite elusiveness has helped him consistently throughout his career, even guiding him to land a spot on PFF’s top-10 running backs this past season.
The 24-year-old has consistently taken leaps forward with his passing game presence, upping his yardage, receptions, and first-downs through the air each season. If there’s any coach who will help Jacobs take yet another leap forward in this department, it’s Josh McDaniels. Either way, the now fourth-year Raider should be the RB1, with lots of talent behind him.