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Raiders have special talent in Josh Jacobs, who ran wild over Bears

Raiders have special talent in Josh Jacobs, who ran wild over Bears

LONDON – Raiders running back Josh Jacobs took full responsibility for a botched exchange with quarterback Derek Carr during the Raiders' 24-21 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Carr called an audible and Jacobs didn’t process it correctly. The rest of the team ran one play, and Jacobs ran another. The result was a lost fumble that got Chicago back in the game.

Jacobs was pissed about it throughout the second half, and had a message for those in the huddle before what turned out to be the game-winning drive.

“I told everybody I was going to make up for that play,” Jacobs said. “I told them to believe in me, and that I believed in them. We set out to make big plays and we were able to do that and score.”

It was the decisive total in Sunday’s crucial Week 5 victory over the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Raiders tailback had 25 yards on that final drive, punctuating an awesome performance against the NFL’s No. 3 run defense.

Jacobs had 26 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns, an excellent showing despite heavy traffic working through the Bears’ vaunted front seven.

The Raiders offensive line had an excellent night, using Jacobs’ stat line as proof of that. While he gave the line credit several times after the win, Trent Brown acknowledged that Jacobs is a special player.

“That mother-f---er can run the ball,” the right tackle said.

It was not lost on Raiders fans or this Raiders team got Jacobs with one of the picks in the trade for Khalil Mack. The No. 24 overall draft pick has been great through his first five professional games, setting franchise records at every turn.

While he seems like a cross between LaDainian Tomlinson and Marcus Allen, Jacobs isn’t into the comparison game.

“I just try to play and let the results speak for themselves,” Jacobs said. “I want to be a Hall of Fame player. I don’t try to compare myself to anyone. I just want to be the best I can be. I just want to win.”

The Raiders just wanted to establish the run against this solid Bears team. They certainly did that and they kept at it. They had 39 runs to 32 pass attempts, asserting themselves upfront while neutralizing the Chicago pass rush.

“We got tired of hearing how good their defense was,” Jacobs said. “They deserve that praise because they’re really good, but we’re really good, too. We wanted to let the world know who we are.”

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The Raiders are becoming a run-first team, a development spurred by Antonio Brown’s loss. The offense was centered on him, but Gruden has shifted focus to an excellent rookie running back who looks more impressive every week.

Chicago’s run defense is legit, but they weren’t going to change their approach to the game.

“That’s just our identity,” Trent Brown said. “We are going to run the ball. It doesn’t matter who we play. We are going to assert ourselves and play our game.”

Raiders' Keelan Doss enjoying 'unorthodox' NFL journey amid inactive streak

Raiders' Keelan Doss enjoying 'unorthodox' NFL journey amid inactive streak

ALAMEDA -- The start to Keelan Doss' NFL career has been unique, to say the least. 

After going undrafted out of the University of California-Davis, Doss was signed by the Raiders and impressed early on in OTAs and training camp. The Alameda native became a fan favorite during the Raiders' run on HBO's "Hard Knocks," but eventually he was cut and signed on the Jaguars' practice squad. 

Doss' time away from the Raiders didn't last long, as he was given a $300K signing bonus along with the $495K salary to take Antonio Brown's spot on the roster after the star receiver demanded his release before Week 1. 

The rookie wideout was active from Weeks 2-7, totaling six catches for 79 yards as the receiver-starved Raiders tried to reshape their offense on the fly. Doss showed some promise in games against the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, but he has been inactive for the past four games, with newcomer Zay Jones and Marcell Ateman getting the nod to suit up. 

No player likes to sit on the sideline as his team battles for a playoff spot, but the rookie is taking everything in stride, focusing on getting better to earn his way onto the field. 

"I've just been in practice really just focusing on my game," Doss told NBC Sports Bay Area."The tools I know I can use when I do get in a position to play. Obviously it's tough just watching the team and everything, but at the end of the day I have to get better every day and that's what I continue to try to do."

"Just consistency, just every day," Doss continued. "I know my ability and what I can do. When I get an opportunity to go in I just have to continue to make plays like I have been and was when I was in the game."

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Not being able to contribute on Sundays has been tough, and his NFL journey has had more early twists and turns than most undrafted rookies. 

Still, Doss is happy to be a Raider and is taking each new curve with a positive attitude. 

"I couldn't make it up, you know what I mean?" Doss said about his first NFL season. "It's obviously unorthodox, but at the same time, I feel like God puts me in a position and I can handle it. I've enjoyed it. You've got to live in the moment, so that's what I try to do."

After three straight wins, the 6-4 Raiders will travel to New York on Sunday to face the Jets as they look to cement their foothold in the AFC playoff race. 

Doss will continue to hone his craft and be ready to make plays for the Silver and Black should they need him down the stretch. 

Raiders injury report: Lamarcus Joyner's status vs. Jets uncertain

Raiders injury report: Lamarcus Joyner's status vs. Jets uncertain

ALAMEDA – Raiders slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner stretched with his team to start Wednesday’s practice, a light session conducted without helmets.

The veteran cover man did some work during the portion open to the press, but he apparently didn’t do much after that.

He was formally considered a non-participant on the team’s practice report, which is an estimation considering the workout was only a walk-through.

The Raiders have moved lighter sessions to Wednesday, with intensity ratcheting up on Thursday and then down a bit Friday.

Coach Jon Gruden didn’t say much about Joyner’s health status after he missed a Week 11 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hamstring injury from the previous game.

“He got in some work,” Gruden said. “… We weren’t doing much today, as you could see, in terms of full-speed work. We got a lot of reps today. I’m hopeful that he’ll be ready to play, but we’ll see how it goes when we lather them up [Thursday].”

Nevin Lawson assumed Joyner’s role against Cincinnati and was solid in the high-priced veteran’s place.

The Raiders obviously need one of their defensive captains healthy as soon as possible, as they push to make a playoff run. It’s uncertain, though unlikely, that Joyner can come back to play the Jets.

Oakland would like him back the following week against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could be a showdown for AFC West supremacy.

David Sharpe wasn’t available with a calf strain, though starting right tackle Trent Brown continues to play through knee issues.

The Raiders conducted a walk-through practice Wednesday. Therefore, the following participation report is an estimation.

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Raiders practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)
OT David Sharpe (calf)

Limited practice
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
OT Trent Brown (knee)