Raiders

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.

NFL.com'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?"

[RELATED: Gruden wants Martin to mentor Jacobs]

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 rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

The Raiders have lauded their decision to draft defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick, though it was certainly a surprise to many. 

One of the main reasons it came as a shock was because of who was still on the board, especially edge rusher Josh Allen. The Raiders were dead last in the NFL with a laughable 13 total sacks last season. Allen, who recorded 17 sacks last year as a senior at Kentucky, seemed like a logical fit to help boost an ugly pass rush. 

But The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that the Raiders had some concerns with Allen, who fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7.

"Basically I heard that the Raiders weren’t that impressed," Tafur wrote. "I reported pretty early on he wasn’t in play for them at No. 4. I would never question a player’s toughness but there were concerns that he got pushed around a little on some plays at Kentucky and he may not have had enough dog in him for Gruden and Guenther’s liking." 

Allen met with the Raiders on one of his final pre-draft visits. He watched film with general manager Mike Mayock and the two broke down his positives and negatives on the field. 

“We watched some film together, good and bad clips of myself,” Allen said to NBC Sports Bay Area in April. “He taught me and showed me what I can improve on. What I do good, too.”

[RELATED: How Ferrell plans to earn respect in Raiders’ locker room]

Ferrell was a star himself in college as well, but if Allen out-plays him as a rookie, there will be plenty of people questioning the Raiders' pick.

Raiders QB Derek Carr proudly announces birth of third son Deakon

carrpodiumap.jpg
AP

Raiders QB Derek Carr proudly announces birth of third son Deakon

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Friday morning announced the birth of his third son, Deakon Derek Carr. 

Here's the first look at baby Deakon. 

View this post on Instagram

Welcome Deakon Derek Carr! You are so loved!

A post shared by Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) on

With three sons in the fold, Carr is feeling some type of way with his "dad strength," too. 

Not only is Deakon bringing more dad strength to Derek, it sounds like the Carr family might need a new ... car. Yeah, dad strength comes with a better appreciation of dad jokes. 

[RELATED: Carr's throwback trick pass video will excite Raiders fans]

Carr is entering his sixth season with the Raiders. Deakon is joined by brothers Dallas and Deker Carr.