The Raiders have let loose several first-round picks since moving to Las Vegas, but Josh Jacobs has been the cornerstone.
He was drafted 24th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft and was notable. Las Vegas is 4-7 this season, but Jacobs drove to his fourth win in Sunday’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Jacobs silenced the 12th man in Seattle, beating the Seahawks and their fans for 303 yards from scrimmage, including 229 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Jacobs averaged 6.9 yards per carry and finished the game on an 86-yard touchdown streak in overtime.
— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 2022
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— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 28, 2022
He shared the team lead for receiving yards (74) in six receptions. Jacobs, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, also set a National Football League milestone with the Raiders’ 40-34 win. Ryan Sakamoto, a Raiders beat writer for the Sporting Tribune, reported that Jacobs became the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards and 7+ touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.
.@Raider RB Josh Jacobs surpassed 1,200 scrimmage yards this season – becoming the 7th player in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards and 7+ TDs in each of his first 4 seasons:
*RB Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, LaDainian Tomlinson & Terrell Davis.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@BEASTwriter) November 27, 2022
He joins NFL legends like Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis in this category. Jacobs has 1,159 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He has 325 receiving yards from 40 catches, which puts him at 1,484 yards from scrimmage. Jacobs has three 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his young career. He entered the University of Alabama in 2016 as a three-star graduate student. Jacobs helped the Crimson Tide to two Southeastern Conference Championships (2016 and 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017.
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