The Las Vegas Raiders may have dropped a huge clue about running back Josh Jacobs’ future with the team. In the Raiders’ Hall of Game game Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Canton, Jacobs played as though he were being introduced by Las Vegas for potential trade suitors.
It’s not hard to deduce that the Raiders aren’t just trying to get Josh Jacobs reps just to help get rid of the rust, as their other shoo-in starters for the 2022 NFL regular season all rest, as pointed out by ESPN’s Yates Field.
“Raiders QB Derek Carr, WR Davante Adams, WR Hunter Renfrow and TE Darren Waller are all rested tonight. Meanwhile, RB Josh Jacobs has five carries and two catches on two drives while playing with plenty of saves.
Here are more reactions to Josh Jacobs starting and playing beyond the first series in an ultimately meaningless game.
Really Surprised Josh Jacobs Started This Game And Is Back For A Second Series
—Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 5, 2022
Josh Jacobs debuting in the Hall of Fame game speaks volumes.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 5, 2022
The big context behind all of this is the fact that the Raiders didn’t pick Josh Jacobs’ fifth-year option this offseason, which could mean Las Vegas could be actively monitoring their phones to see if a team calls them and shows. of interest. in former running back Alabama Crimson Tide.
Jacobs is still just 24, and in two of his first three full NFL seasons so far, he’s amassed at least 1,000 rushing yards.
There have already been intriguing signs long before the Jaguars game pointing to an impending split between the Raiders and Josh Jacobs, with Las Vegas signing Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden while also taking the pair of Zamir White and adding Brittain Brown. White, of course, was part of the Georgia Bulldogs team that won the national championship game last season in college football.
During the 2022 NFL season, Josh Jacobs rushed for 872 yards and nine touchdowns on 217 carries for a pass-heavy Raiders offense.