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|The first back selected in the 2019 NFL Draft was Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. Jacobs landed in one of the best possible situations in terms of likely playing time as he joins a backfield that lost Marshawn Lynch and only has competition from subpar veteran Doug Martin and pass catching specialist Jalen Richard.
The question about Jacobs is whether or not he's built to be an every-down back at the NFL level. Jacobs split touches all three years in college and never eclipsed even 650 rushing yards in a season for the Crimson Tide. His yards per carry were impressive and he was a reasonably useful pass catcher, but he only touched the ball a total of 299 times on offense in his three college years combined. Sure, Alabama had other talented backs for him to compete with so some of his lack of usage can be written off due to the team likely just wanting to keep their players healthy, but it's also a bit concerning that he wasn't able to completely run away with the lion's share of the team's running back touches.
If he's able to stay healthy, there's almost no way that Jacobs doesn't finish as at least an RB2. If he's as good as the Raiders seem to believe he is, and they feature him in a way that would justify them selecting him in the first round of the NFL Draft, then there's even a chance that he sneaks in as a fantasy RB1 this season.
|Raiders sign rookie RB Josh Jacobs|
Rookies expected to report to camp July 23
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 9, 11:00 pm
|Josh Jacobs on Tuesday became the final Raiders draft pick to sign his rookie contract, as the first-round choice and former star Alabama running back completed a four-year deal, the team announced.
The $11.9 million pact features a fifth-year team option, standard language for any first-round pick. (Las Vegas Review Journal)|
FFToday's Take: Despite not being signed, Jacobs participated in off-season activities and is expected to report to camp on July 23rd with the rest of the rookies. Jacobs is the favorite to lead the Raiders in running back touches with Jalen Richard filling a pass-catching role.
|Isaiah Crowell out for the season, torn Achilles|
Will undergo season-ending surgery next week
By: Mike Krueger | Wed May 1, 8:00 am
|Raiders’ RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles during a workout with the team Tuesday and is out for the season, per source. Crowell will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Brutal blow for a player who signed a one-year contract with Oakland. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crowell was on a one-year deal so it won't be a surprise if the Raiders pickup another veteran RB on the free agent market. Rookie Josh Jacobs is expected to start and be the biggest fantasy asset in the backfield. Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren currently makeup the rest of the Raiders running back depth chart.