There weren’t too many surprises from the Las Vegas Raiders’ pre-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The attacking line-up was expected to struggle, many top players sidelined and Josh McDaniels looked like a man in control of the game. The biggest thing that happened involved running against Josh Jacobs.
The former Pro Bowler and first pick player started the game and played in the first two series. Teams often don’t have key starters playing very quickly in pre-season games, especially when many other players have been absent. This led to some suggestions that Jacobs might have a different lineup when the season begins.
Several analysts have indicated that they believe the Raiders played Jacobs in an attempt to gauge commercial interest in him across the league.
After the game, McDaniels said he only played Jacobs because he believes running back needs more rep in pre-season than other positions. Time will tell whether that’s true based on whether Jacobs is on the roster when the season starts.
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Why would Raiders trade Jacobs?
One big offer aside, trading Jacobs right now makes no sense for Raid gamers. He’s run back very well when he’s fit and looked good in last season’s opening game. He also only paid $2.1 million in base salary, a very low price for a player of his caliber. Plus, he has no books left after the season.
4th-round rookie pick Zamir White may have a bright future but has suffered two ACLs in college. Why rely on an unproven rookie when you have a proven merchandise on a good deal? The only way for the Jacobs trade to happen is if the Raiders get a really good offer. Maybe a team that was aiming for the knockout stage got injured on a rerun and became desperate. Such a situation could bring a strong comeback for Las Vegas. Anything less than a third-round pick for Jacobs seems like a bad trade unless the Raiders know something that isn’t publicly available.
How confident are the Raid players in white?
Skip an All-Pro season from Jacobs, this could be his last year in Las Vegas. There were too many indications that the Raid didn’t want to hold him for long. A promising rookie season from White will only make that decision easier. He’s a lot cheaper and has a contract for the next four seasons.
New general manager Dave Ziegler has shown a willingness to pay big bucks for a lot of players but there’s no reason to believe he feels the same way about running backwards. Teams don’t want to pay for big deals anymore, and it looks like Jacobs could be the latest victim. He recently said that he wants to stick with the Raiders for the long term but that could be up to him. He needs to prove he’s a significantly better option than White going forward for the Raiders to consider paying him.
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