Josh Jacobs had an historic rookie season for the Raiders last season. Jacobs rushed for over 1,100 yards despite missing three games to injury and was a serious Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
Through Week 1 of his second pro season, Jacobs already looks better. Much better in fact.
Just how great was Jacobs in the Raiders' 34-30 road win over the Carolina Panthers? He forced 12 missed tackles, which was five more than any other running back through Sunday's slate of games.
Jacobs finished the day with 93 rushing yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns. He finished the first week tied for the sixth-most rushing yards in the NFL, and was the only player in the league to score three touchdowns.
Everyone knew Jacobs was a force as a ball-carrier after what he proved during his rookie season. But Jacobs wanted to expand his game. He made a goal of 60 receptions this season, and already has a handful to his name. Jacobs hauled in four catches on six targets for 46 yards.
Jacobs earned a 70.4 grade from Pro Football Focus after scoring three touchdowns to open the season. He didn't have the yards per carry he likely was looking for, but that doesn't matter. Jacobs made tacklers pay and it turned into points for the Silver and Black.