The Raiders nabbed Alabama RB Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jacobs never led his college backfield in carries or touches, finishing his ‘Bama career with just 251 carries and 48 catches across 3 seasons. But he was plenty impressive when he got the rock, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 11.9 yards per catch. The 5’10, 220-pounder is a smooth mover with plenty of power. And he’s super smooth in the passing game. Jacobs ranked 13th in this RB class in yards per route run last year, per Pro Football Focus. On the ground, he finished 7th in Elusive Rating, which measures a RB’s productivity beyond the blocking he receives. Jacobs has the look of a 3-down back as a pro — and he has a good shot to capture that role right out of the gate in an Oakland backfield sporting Isaiah Crowell and Jalen Richard.

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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (hip) isn't listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He put in a full workout on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. On top of the hip issue, Jacobs said he lost 10 pounds this week with an illness. Throw in a brutal matchup against the Vikings, and the rookie should only be considered a RB3 for Week 3.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs revealed Thursday that he's been sick and has lost 10 pounds. That's in addition to the groin injury that had him limited on Wednesday. While we're still expecting Jacobs to play this weekend, we'll need to keep a close eye on him. And he's not a great fantasy option with the Raiders big 9.5-point underdogs against a stout Vikings run defense.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice. We've heard nothing to suggest his injury is serious, and the fact that he got on the field today is good news. Jacobs should be available for this weekend's game against the Vikings, but we'll keep an eye on him.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Monday that RB Josh Jacobs is dealing with a groin issue. The rookie's last carry against the Chiefs came early in the 4th quarter, although we didn't see or hear about an injury. We'll need to track his practice participation this week.

Per Vic Tafur of The Athletic, there’s a “growing sentiment” that Raiders RB Josh Jacobs won’t report to camp with his fellow rookies on July 23. The issue is reportedly over Jacobs’ signing bonus. We’ll keep an eye on this situation, but for now, we’re not altering any projections.

Update: Jacobs signed his contract on July 10.

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