NFL Draft

LaDainain Tomlinson: Raiders' Josh Jacobs should be rookie of the year

LaDainain Tomlinson: Raiders' Josh Jacobs should be rookie of the year

The Raiders drafted Josh Jacobs at No. 24 overall this year and immediately slotted him into the start spot, so he’ll certainly have a chance to make an immediate impact.

LaDainian Tomlinson expects it to be overwhelmingly positive. The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back said so this week on NFL Network, predicting Jacobs would win offensive rookie of the year honors.

“I think he’s going to have the opportunities to do so,” Tomlinson said on NFLN’s “Total Access.” “There’s nobody in that backfield, and he can do it all.”

The former San Diego Chargers great compared Jacobs’ early NFL opportunity to one Jon Gruden gave Cadillac Williams in Tampa Bay.

Gruden ran the Buccaneers when they selected Williams No. 5 overall and then gave him 310 touches as a rookie in 2005. He turned that sum into 1,259 yards total offense and six touchdowns. He got 225 touches the following year and totaled 994 yards and a score.

Jacobs should do better than both of those output sums in this offense – Gruden will give Jacobs similar opportunities -- loaded with weapons at the skill positions. Assuming, of course, that he stays healthy.

Tomlinson then used highlights to show why Jacobs should be effective, including plays made as a runner, receiver and pass protector.

Jacobs saw that Tomlinson video clip on Twitter and gave a motivated response.

Tomlinson is widely considered among the greatest all-around running backs, with a career Jacobs should aspire to and one Raiders fans would be thrilled for him to have in silver and black.

The pair have met, and Tomlinson came away impressed.

“That kid is ready to play,” Tomlinson said. “That kid is going to have a huge impact. He might be the rookie of the year."

Josh Jacobs, last unsigned Raiders pick, doesn't want to talk contract

Josh Jacobs, last unsigned Raiders pick, doesn't want to talk contract

The Raiders selected three players in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. But one still remains unsigned. 

With training camp just a few weeks away, running back Josh Jacobs hasn't put pen to paper yet. Don't bring it up to him, though. 

In a since-deleted tweet from Friday afternoon, the No. 24 pick in April's draft said he was going to block everybody that tweeted at him about his contract situation. Here is a screenshot of the original tweet. 

It's rare for rookies to find themselves in a contract holdout ever since the rookie wage scale was installed in 2011. Contract values and bonuses are now predetermined. The only wiggle room here is the payment schedule of the signing bonus and if salary guarantees will have offsets.

The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that a bonus issue is why Jacobs and the Raiders haven't come to an agreement. 

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Jacobs is expected to be the Raiders' main option at running back as a rookie. Despite having veterans like Doug Martin on the roster, Jacobs will carry the rock a lot right away this season. 

He proved to be a dual-threat option as a rusher and receiver at Alabama, and Jon Gruden expects him to do the same for the Silver and Black. But first, he has to sign a contract.

Reggie Wayne picks 49ers rookie Deebo Samuel as 2019 breakout candidate

Reggie Wayne picks 49ers rookie Deebo Samuel as 2019 breakout candidate

As Jimmy Garoppolo enters his third season with the 49ers, it's still unknown who will be the quarterback's top target for the 2019 season. 

What about a rookie? Former Colts star wide receiver Reggie Wayne believes second-round pick Deebo Samuel can step into the role right away. 

"Without a true No. 1 receiver in San Francisco, Samuel has a real opportunity to make waves in Year 1," Wayne wrote in a recent column

The 49ers chose Samuel out of South Carolina with the No. 36 overall pick in this year's draft. Despite being under 6-feet, Samuel proved to be a real red-zone threat in college. 

He caught 11 touchdowns as a senior for the Gamecocks, and scored once on a kick return. Over his four years, he scored a combined 27 touchdowns between being a receiver, ball-carrier and returner. 

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Samuel is expected to be a versatile receiver for Garoppolo, with the ability to line up in the slot or out wide.

Though Samuel has been sidelined with a hip ailment this offseaon, he's expected to be ready to go once training camp begins July 26.