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Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Monday that RB Josh Jacobs is "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Jacobs missed Week 2 with toe and ankle injuries, and his coach doesn't sound optimistic or Week 3, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That would leave the Vegas backfield to Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber once again. Drake dominated the playing time at Pittsburgh, 71% to 29%, but each RB drew 13 opportunities. We'd still bet on Drake over Barber in Week 3 if you're making that decision. And we'll certainly be watching Jacobs' status this week.

When asked Friday whether RB Josh Jacobs' absence means a bigger opportunity for RB Kenyan Drake, Raiders HC Jon Gruden instead talked up RB Peyton Barber. "It's an opportunity for Peyton Barber," Gruden said, evidently seriously. "We think he's a heck of a back coming from Tampa. I've had a chance to really get behind the scenes on him. I like the way he runs and catches and picks up blitzes. Kenyan will continue to play a role in our system no matter who the other back is. We're excited about this opportunity to see what we have." We'd be very surprised if Barber out-carried Drake in Pittsburgh on Sunday -- especially consider Vegas just gave Drake a 2-year, $11 million deal in free agency. But it at least sounds like we shouldn't expect Drake to step into a true every-down role.

The Raiders have ruled RB Josh Jacobs out for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Jacobs is dealing with toe and ankle injuries, with the toe a holdover from Week 1. His absence makes Kenyan Drake a solid fantasy option against a Steelers defense that allowed 72 rushing yards to Devin Singletary on just 11 carries in the opener. Peyton Barber will be Vegas' #2 RB on Sunday.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He played through the toe issue last week, but the ankle injury is new. Jacobs seems to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, which would leave Kenyan Drake as Vegas' lead back. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs did not practice on Wednesday and is on the injury report with toe and ankle issues. Jacobs played through the toe problem on Monday night, but the ankle issue is new. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. Backup RB Kenyan Drake needs to be rostered in all fantasy leagues.

The Raiders have downgraded RB Josh Jacobs to questionable for Monday night's game against the Ravens because of an illness. It's not clear what the illness is. If it were COVID-related, though, Jacobs would have already been ruled out. We'll check on his status Monday evening. Kenyan Drake would start in his place, with Peyton Barber looking like the #2 back. On the Ravens side, Ty'Son Williams, Latavius Murray and Le'Veon Bell stand as potential replacements if Jacobs is out and you're suddenly hard up.

Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur writes that RB Josh Jacobs looks “tougher and faster this camp.” It’s worth noting that Jacobs — entering his 3rd season — is only 23. Tafur also described Kenyan Drake as someone who’ll be "moved around on third downs and in the red zone.” No surprise there. Both RBs are viable picks at ADP, but it’s clear that Drake’s presence will limit Jacobs’ fantasy ceiling.

The Raiders have activated RB Kenyan Drake off the NFI list. Now we get to start learning more about his role with the new team. Vegas also placed RB Theo Riddick on the reserved/retired list

The Raiders have placed RB Kenyan Drake on the non-football injury list to open training camp. The team didn't announce what injury is keeping Drake out. He was seen working on the side with trainers at Wednesday's practice, though. We'll keep an eye on his status in the coming days. RBs Jalen Richard and Theo Riddick, meanwhile, landed on the COVID list. Maybe Josh Jacobs will get a few more chances to show Vegas coaches he can catch passes.

Update: Drake returned to practice on July 30.

The Raiders signed RB Kenyan Drake to a 2-year, $14.5 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a head-scratching investment after the team spent the 24th overall pick of the 2019 draft on RB Josh Jacobs, who's been solid for 2 seasons. Per Rapoport, Raiders HC Jon Gruden "sees Kenyan Drake as a jack-of-all-trades — a joker, as they say. He’ll figure prominently in the passing game." Drake will certainly be a bigger drain on Jacobs' volume than guys like Devontae Booker, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have been. The signing is bad news for both Jacobs and Drake's fantasy values.

There's "optimism" Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) will be able to play vs. the Rams today, although he remains a game-time decision, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Edmonds has been playing through injuries for a few weeks now. He can't be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups, but his presence would continue to cap RB Kenyan Drake's upside.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams. HC Kliff Kingsbury said he’ll be a game-time decision. Edmonds’ absence would be a boost to RB Kenyan Drake’s projected volume.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (ankle, knee) got in just 1 limited practice this week and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the 49ers. He was in the same boat last week -- and then went out and led Arizona RBs with a 53% snap rate, 11 carries and 5 targets. We'll get Edmonds' game status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (ankle) is expected to play against the Eagles today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He may have a reduced role, though, depending on how he feels," Rapoport adds. Edmonds was a fringe fantasy option at less than 100% and shouldn't be in lineups now. It sounds like RB Kenyan Drake might be in for a few extra touches.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Eagles. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, and HC Kliff Kingsbury said earlier in the week that Edmonds would be a game-time decision. He can't be trusted in fantasy lineups at less than 100%. Edmonds' absence would be a boost to RB Kenyan Drake's target projection.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled him a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Eagles. We'll keep a close eye on Edmonds' status leading up to that one. His absence would mean more passing-game work for RB Kenyan Drake.

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Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (hip) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday, so expect him to be operating at less than 100% in this one.

Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (hip) is expected to play against the Giants today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Drake was added to the injury report on Thursday, limited again on Friday and listed as questionable. Don't expect him to be at 100% today, but he remains in the RB2 mix.

Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Giants. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday. We’ll find out whether Drake is active by noon ET on Sunday. If he’s out, Chase Edmonds would step in as Arizona’s lead back.

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