Josh Jacobs
Josh Jacobs
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Las Vegas Raiders
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Jacobs' second season in the NFL was much like his first, for good and for bad. The 23-year-old runs with good power and balance, finishing sixth among RBs in broken tackles last year, but his tendency to run through contact rather than around it has contributed to a series of nagging injuries that have sapped his production without actually sidelining him. He's an adequate receiver and can fill a three-down role if needed, but he has room for improvement in that area, and coach Jon Gruden seemingly prefers to rest his lead runner in obvious passing situations. Jacobs' lack of breakaway speed was another issue last year, as he failed to produce a single carry of at least 40 yards. The Raiders' offensive line is also in the process of being completely rebuilt, forcing Jacobs to do more work for fewer yards. The team seemed to recognize some of those issues this offseason, but the solution doesn't look great for Jacobs' fantasy outlook, with Kenyan Drake joining the Raiders on a two-year, $11 million deal. Both backs are used to seeing significant touches in the red zone, with Jacobs leading the league in red-zone carries in 2020 while Drake finished fourth, and there won't be enough volume for both to thrive even if the Raiders mix in some dual-halfback sets. The two do possess complementary skill sets, so the tandem should improve the overall efficiency of the offense, but Jacobs may have trouble topping 300 touches again. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $11.93 million contract with the Raiders in July of 2019.
Avoids DUI charge
RBLas Vegas Raiders
January 11, 2021
Jacobs won't be charged with a DUI following a Jan. 4 arrest related to a single vehicle collision in Las Vegas, Nev., Glenn Puit of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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Jacobs' legal woes aren't over, though, as he faces a misdemeanor count of failure to decrease speed or use due care under certain circumstances. Once the legal process works itself out -- he has a March court date on the docket -- the NFL could levy a punishment if he was deemed to violate the personal conduct policy. On the field this past season, Jacobs accounted for 1,303 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns on 273 carries and 33 catches (45 targets) in 15 games.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Josh Jacobs' 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
13.9%
 
Positive Run %
80.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
60.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
4.4%
 
Touches Per Game
20.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
49.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.9%
 
% Team Targets
8.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.3%
 
Drop Rate
4.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.6
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Josh Jacobs' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Jacobs entered the NFL as a talented but relatively unproven back who had never gotten a chance to fully carry the load during his college days at Alabama. The Raiders wasted little time in letting him prove he could be their top guy, and the rookie delivered, averaging 20.2 touches in 13 games (a lingering shoulder injury cost him three weeks in December). Often playing at less than 100 percent healthy, Jacobs displayed an impressive ability to plow through traffic with power and balance, finishing ninth in broken tackle rate (one for every 9.3 carries). Despite his generally successful first campaign, Jacobs still has some things to prove. That he wore down as the season progressed isn't exactly encouraging, and he wasn't a difference-maker as a receiving weapon, though the team's passing attack in general was a disappointment beyond TE Darren Waller. The Raiders are counting on rookies to spark improvement, with first-round pick Henry Ruggs and third-round pick Bryan Edwards joining Tyrell Williams to give the offense more of a downfield component. Ruggs, in particular, can prevent safeties from creeping toward the line to stop the run, with a 4.27 40 making him one of the fastest players in the league. Jacobs' lead role on the ground is safe, but room for receiving growth appears somewhat limited.
The first running back off the board in the 2019 draft, Jacobs landed in a potential starting role when Oakland nabbed him with the 24th overall pick. While he didn't carry a heavy workload in a crowded Alabama backfield during his college days, he impressed with what chances he got, showing a versatile skill set and running with power and purpose. At 5-10, 220, Jacobs runs with a low center of gravity, and he should see plenty of short-yardage and goal-line carries regardless of his other duties in the Oakland backfield. His balance and vision are also pluses, so while he lacks elusiveness and there are questions about his ability to outrun defenders in the open field, Jacobs can still pick up extra yards after the initial point of contact. He also showed enough as a receiver to stay on the field for passing downs, though he might never be a true difference-maker through the air and Jalen Richard will also be a factor in that area. The club signed Isaiah Crowell this offseason, but the former Brown and Jet quickly took himself out of the picture with a torn Achilles during April workouts and was replaced by Doug Martin. Marshawn Lynch retired, and the Raiders otherwise focused on upgrading their passing game with the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, leaving Jacobs to spearhead the rushing attack.
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Arrested on DUI charge
RBLas Vegas Raiders
January 4, 2021
Jacobs was arrested Monday on a DUI charge relating to a single vehicle collision, Kevin Bolinger of FOX 5 Vegas reports.
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Scores twice in Week 17 win
RBLas Vegas Raiders
January 3, 2021
Jacobs carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Broncos. He failed to catch his only target.
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Held scoreless in loss
RBLas Vegas Raiders
December 26, 2020
Jacobs totaled 69 yards on 13 carries during Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.
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Powers through hefty workload
RBLas Vegas Raiders
December 17, 2020
Jacobs rushed 26 times for 76 yards and a touchdown and secured all three targets for 38 yards in the Raiders' 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers on Thursday night.
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Back in action
RBLas Vegas Raiders
December 17, 2020
Jacobs (knee) has returned to Thursday's game against the Chargers, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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