Josh Jacobs is Raiders rookie in best position to succeed, analyst says

Josh Jacobs is Raiders rookie in best position to succeed, analyst says

The Raiders took three players in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but according to one NFL writer, the second of those three is in the best position to succeed next season. 

It's not defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who was taken with the No. 4 overall pick.

No, it's running back Josh Jacobs, who the Raiders selected with the No. 24 overall pick.'s Dan Parr ranked his top 25 rookies who are "in the best position to kick some butt this season" and had Jacobs No. 8 on the list, in a segment dubbed "Greatness within reach."

Here's what Parr wrote about Jacobs:

"It's a good thing Jacobs didn't lose a lot of tread off his tires at Alabama, because we suspect he's in for a heavy workload, courtesy of Jon David Gruden. He's going to be the man in that backfield and is the prototypical every-down back. Now, is that offensive line as improved as some think?"

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Parr did not list Ferrell or fellow first-round pick safety Johnathan Abram in his rankings.

Jacobs is expected to step in and be the feature running back for the Raiders, so he has a chance to put up monster numbers. Ferrell was drafted higher than most analysts thought he would be, so there might be a learning curve for him.

NFL odds: Raiders' Josh Jacobs a favorite to score first Las Vegas TD


NFL odds: Raiders' Josh Jacobs a favorite to score first Las Vegas TD

The Raiders’ home opener in Las Vegas is scheduled for Sept. 21 on “Monday Night Football” against the New Orleans Saints.

Which player will score the first regular-season touchdown at Allegiant Stadium?

You can bet on that proposition at the Westgate sportsbook, which posted odds on 18 players.

“They always talk about things that are established years later. Trivia-type things, like who was the player that scored the first touchdown at the stadium in Las Vegas,” Westgate vice president of risk Jeff Sherman said. ” We just wanted a wagering option similar to that.”

The Saints are 4½-point favorites over the Raiders, and the total is 50½ points.

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New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara is the 5-1 favorite to score the first TD, Saints wideout Michael Thomas is the 6-1 second choice, and Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs is the 8-1 third pick.



2021 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders pick North Dakota State QB Trey Lance


2021 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders pick North Dakota State QB Trey Lance

Is there room in Las Vegas for yet another quarterback? Maybe.

In a 2021 NFL Mock Draft by CBS Sports, writer R.J. White has the Raiders selecting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the No 12 overall pick in the first round. 

The keyword White uses here is “upside,” and that word is synonymous with Jon Gruden’s offensive strategy. He wants it all.

But what would that mean with who they have right now? 

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Derek Carr holds that top spot, and despite the rumors of him and Gruden not seeing eye-to-eye, the two apparently get along swimmingly. Naturally, sometimes they’ll bump heads, but that’s standard.

Behind him is Marcus Mariota who has the experience and is a great leader. He also stands to push Carr to be a better quarterback. He’s signed through 2021 with Nathan Peterman, a Gruden favorite, rounding up the current squad.

For Carr, well, it could initially appear to be bad news for the QB who was booed off the field for the team’s final game in Oakland, but that might not be the case.

He sent a strong message to the haters after that happened, but the Mariota pressures could be a positive. He’s not going anywhere, but this could be a glimpse into the future. 

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But … for the heck of it. Here’s a clip of Lance:

Carr gets a lot of hate. That was one of Pat McAfee’s questions when he spoke to former Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson recently. But he knows that’s all part of the package. Despite some rumors of trade talks during the combine, those appeared to have died down.