It only took 12 games for Josh Jacobs to become the first Raiders rookie to rush for over 1,000 rushing yards. He had a chance to do it last week against the New York Jets but was shut down by their elite run defense. Well, he wasn’t denied against the Kansas City Chiefs and broke the milestone in the first quarter on the team’s second drive.
Jacobs was already the Raiders record holder for most rushing yards by a rookie and he’s just adding to his record at this point. Not even Hall of Famer Marcus Allen broke 1,000 yards in his rookie season. Jacobs has been an integral part of Oakland’s offense and when he doesn’t have a good game, the team loses.
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Bounce Back Game
Fresh off the worst game of his short NFL career, Jacobs was able to get things back on track in Kansas City. Raiders running backs coach Kirby Wilson acknowledged that the game versus the Jets was tough for the rookie.
“This is the biggest challenge he has faced all season,” Wilson said to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur. “He’s had success every week, and the Jets were very formidable and they took him out of the game a little bit. He wasn’t able to be much of a factor.”
It didn’t take long for Jacobs to start off strong against the Chiefs. He already passed his Week 12 rushing total after the team’s second drive. It’s clear that the game versus against the Jets was an anomaly and the rookie still play like one of the best backs in the NFL.
Maurice Jones-Drew Apologizes to Josh Jacobs
Before the game in Kansas City, former pro bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew issued an apology to Josh Jacobs for his original take on the running back:
My offseason analysis stated that Oakland would use the rookie running back mainly at the goal line and short-yardage situations. My apologies, young man. Jon Gruden is using Jacobs every which way he can, making him the focal point of the Raiders’ offense. The first-year back ranks fifth in rushing yards (957), tied for sixth in rush TDs (7) and has broken several franchise rookie records. Jacobs’ running ability is one of the reasons why Derek Carr is having a Pro Bowl-caliber year and the Raiders have a shot at the postseason. The Alabama product is definitely a candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year but will need a strong final month to edge out Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.
It’s looking like Jacobs has a really good shot to be this season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. He also has a chance to make the pro bowl. He’s been one of the best runners in the NFL and he doesn’t look like he’s slowing down. Also, the fact that the Raiders rely on him heavily adds to his value. He has the potential to be the team’s best running back since Marcus Allen.