The Las Vegas Raiders rested a majority of their offensive starters during the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night. Of course, that is to be expected in preseason action. What wasn't expected was how much running back Josh Jacobs played and head coach Josh McDaniels provided an explanation.
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McDaniels was quick to the point, mentioning how getting tackled and hit is one thing that can't be fully simulated in practice. Jacobs started the game and appeared in multiple series. The 24-year-old finished with 30 rushing yards on 5 carries and hauled in a pair of passes for 14 yards as well.
Jacobs wasn't the only ball-carrier to see extended action, though, as McDaniels wanted to see everyone get their feet wet. Rookie Zamir White may have looked the most impressive, posting 52 rushing yards on 11 carries and catching three of his four targets for 23 yards. He continues to rise on the depth chart.
Veterans Kenyan Drake and Ameer Abdullah saw touches, too, and it speaks to the expected running back by committee approach McDaniels could take in 2022. It's a strategy he regularly employed during his time with the New England Patriots and one that would obviously lessen Jacobs' workload.
Keep in mind Jacobs rushed for a career-low 872 yards last season on 217 carries (4.0 average). He lacked a level of explosiveness that was showcased across his first two NFL seasons. That makes seeing how the RB reps in Las Vegas shake out as training camp rolls on something to watch.
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