Film Review: Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has taken the next step

Source: David Becker/Associated Press

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is in the midst of a career season and his taken his game to the next level in Josh McDaniels’ heavy power run scheme. Jacobs ranks third in the NFL with 633 rushing yards despite playing only six games in seven weeks due to the Raiders’ Week 6 bye. Jacobs is in a virtual tie for the league lead with Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb with 105.5 rushing yards per game to Chubb’s 105.7.

Despite offseason buzz that the new Raiders regime had plans to replace Jacobs, including trade rumors after the fourth year running back played a surprising amount of snaps in the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game, Jacobs has undoubtedly become one of the Raiders’ key players on either side of the ball this season.

“It’s hard to have self-satisfaction because obviously we’re still on the bottom end of the winning pole,” Jacobs said after the team’s 38-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. “And then it’s still a long season. If I don’t play good the rest of the season, everything I did up to now don’t really mean nothing.”

Jacobs ranks third in the NFL with 111 carries and has added 20 receptions for an additional 141 yards. His 774 total scrimmage yards rank fourth in the league behind only Chubb, Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill. His 129.0 scrimmage yards per game are second to only Barkley’s 129.4.

Despite not having ran a power run scheme before this season, Jacobs is shining in McDaniels offense and deserves an enormous amount of credit for personally elevating his game.

Jacobs’ numbers have exploded in each of the team’s last three games, posting 144, 154 and 143 rushing yards with six touchdowns on 69 total carries. In the Josh Jacobs film breakdown below, Sanjit T of the Las Vegas Chronicle and Las Vegas Raiders Network breaks down what Jacobs is doing so well in the offense that has led to his incredible 2022 production.

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