The annualHall of Fame gametypically faces an uphill battle for the NFL team's rookie, fourth stringer, and championship title. It's a showcase of the players that have it. roster. That's why many fans were shocked when the Raiders kicked out former Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs for his two series against the Jaguars.
The 24-year-old running his back was on the field to start the Las Vegas game and made a handoff on his second play of the game scoring 12 yards and a first down. . Surprisingly, new head coach Josh McDaniels may have wanted to keep his star players active as the season approached.
But then Jacobs remained on the field for another series. He finally touched the ball his seven times. Five carries gave him 30 yards, and two catches gave him an additional 14 yards. By the time he was taken off the field, many were wondering why a player many thought would feature heavily in the regular season was getting so many jobs.
McDaniels hired by the Patriots in the offseason, Explained the use of Jacobs after the game and appeared to have played it.
"I always think it's good to have a (running) back carrying the ball in the preseason," McDaniels told The Athletic.
But can Jacobs prove anything to McDaniels, who has little attachment to his new coaching staff and the players on the roster he inherited? Derek Carr, Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, another star skill position player on the team, didn't sniff the field.
Raiders running from the University of Georgia His back Zaimia his white was drafted. In the 4th round of the 2022 NFL Draft, he took the majority of carries for the rest of the game and also caught three passes. Since he's a rookie, it makes a lot more sense to play in the Hall of Fame game, but many speculate that he may be signaling a split for Carey when the regular season comes around. 39}
"It says a lot that Josh Jacobs started in the Hall of Fame game," tweeted Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur for The Athletic . 44} It's the first preseason game of the year, and it's always dangerous to overreact to these pointless exhibitions, but this felt like the biggest achievement to come out of Thursday's game.
The Raiders beat the Jaguars comfortably 27-11.