HENDERSON, Nev. — Las Vegas Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels put an finish to hypothesis Monday that former Professional Bowl working again Josh Jacobs was being showcased for a attainable commerce by enjoying so many snaps within the workforce’s preseason opener.
“We’ve got quite a lot of confidence in J.J.,” McDaniels mentioned. “And, you understand, he did effectively together with his alternatives, which we hoped he would.
“However no, we now have no want to try this in any respect.”
Jacobs, who didn’t have his fifth-year choice picked up by Las Vegas’ new regime of McDaniels and normal supervisor Dave Ziegler, had 5 carries, gaining 30 yards, and caught two passes totaling 14 yards within the Raiders’ 27-11 Corridor of Fame Sport victory final week over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And whereas hypothesis swirled round Jacobs over the weekend, he was not the one presumptive offensive starter to see vital enjoying time in Canton, Ohio. As a result of whereas quarterback Derek Carr and receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow suited up however sat, 4 of the 5 starters on the offensive line have been in — middle Andre James performed three collection — and 4 different working backs noticed motion.
Rookie Zamir White led Las Vegas with 75 all-purpose yards (52 yards dashing on 11 carries and three catches for 23 yards) whereas Austin Walter ran for 49 yards and a landing on eight carries and caught a move for 3 yards. Kenyan Drake, who’s coming back from a damaged proper ankle, had 9 yards dashing on 5 carries, and Ameer Abdullah had an 8-yard TD run and caught two passes for 23 yards.
“As I mentioned after the sport, I actually do consider that the backs … do not actually get to simulate what is going on to occur throughout the course of the common season,” McDaniels mentioned. “And so, giving them a chance to really get tackled, maintain the soccer and get acclimated to a brand new system, fairly actually, I believe is the objective. Every man’s completely different.
“We’ll attempt to do what’s greatest for the workforce. We felt like that was factor, alternative for all our backs that performed.”
Earlier in camp, Jacobs mentioned he had no unwell will towards the group after it selected to not decide up his choice, as an alternative letting him play out the contract this season.
Jacobs, who missed many of the offseason program coping with an undisclosed harm, has appeared motivated and sooner in camp.
“I am a agency believer within the work that you just put in goes to pay out for itself, and I needed to be right here both approach,” Jacobs mentioned on the time. “And that is the place I need to be. I did not have an issue with it. It simply gave me extra of a purpose to come back in each day, gel with the fellows and work.”