It didn’t select on Mike Mayock long to attain what an NFL abilities Josh Jacobs may possibly very neatly be and he didn’t wait long to let Jon Gruden know, either.
Having already been impressed by what he had considered of the then-Alabama running lend a hand, Mayock watched him closely in the FBS Nationwide Championship. He hasty set together a reel to showcase Jacobs’ skillset to Jon Gruden.
“I walked into Jon’s office and I said I need you to stare a man, we’re going to pick out out on him in the first spherical,” Mayock said Friday on The Rich Eisen Picture, the day after Jacobs burst by for the game-winning touchdown in the Raiders’ Thursday night employ over the Chargers. “To yelp he became once on our radar early would be supreme-looking and we tracked him the total approach by the approach.”
Jacobs’18-yard stride to the discontinue zone on Thursday became once the distinction in Oakland’s come-from-in the lend a hand of 26-24 victory that has the Raiders (5-4) above .500 and aiming for the postseason.
As prognosticated, Mayock and the Raiders took the ‘Bama lend a hand in the first spherical with the twenty fourth total take hold of.
A frontrunner in every sense of the be aware for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Jacobs has already reestablished the Raiders’ rookie rushing file and his 811 yards are finest among novices this season. He’s obtained seven touchdowns, as neatly, with 4.8 yards per lift, 90.1 yards per game and is steady 189 yards terrorized of becoming the first franchise 1,000-yard runner since Latavius Murray had 1,066 in 2015.
His abilities as a runner are finest section of the equipment, even supposing, as Mayock said the first two containers that wanted to be checked were his abilities to block in the passing game and to defend shut out of the backfield.
“I ponder his lateral quickness, his skill to draw other folks stride away out, his pass protection, his fingers. And the chilly thing is, it appears admire the play is blocked for one yard and he will get four. And then it appears equivalent to you block it for four and he will get 10,” Mayock said while rattling off the rookie’s attributes. “If this kid takes care of the total info, he has a ****** to be just.”
Most would likely divulge Jacobs has already flee previous just in an enormous first season.
“He’s 9 video games into his career and we’re cautiously optimistic,” Mayock said.
Before the first game of his career, Jacobs and the relaxation of the Raiders were section of HBO’s Anxious Knocks. At the same time as you were to re-stare, you’d be arduous-pressed to search out powerful of the tailback.
“He said I steady must point of curiosity on soccer. I need to not hunting for any totally different distractions,” Mayock said. “Now, in hindsight, how just does that explore about the maturity of this 21-yr-outmoded man?”
In additional ways than one, Jacobs not ceaselessly appears admire a rookie anymore. Stunning the identical, in just a few ways he’s making Mayock’s early influence explore admire an excellent one.