Raiders: Rookie report card three-quarters into the 2019 season

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Josh Jacobs, RB

Josh Jacobs became the first Raiders rookie to rush for over 1,000 yards Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

That alone pretty much tells you what his grade is going to be.

But this is more about what he has done the past four weeks, and in that span, he has had two games with over 100 yards, against both the Bengals and Chiefs. Against the Chargers, Jacobs gained 74 yards rushing but got his lone touchdown of the past four games.

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Jacobs has consistently been the star of the offense and that hasn’t changed despite this recent downward spiral the offense has experienced.

Against the Chiefs this past Sunday, Jacobs looked his usual dominant self early, but the passing game was absolutely dreadful. And with the offense having to come from behind after halftime the team, of course, had to start throwing the ball more.

This led to him receiving fewer touches in the second half and that has happened in multiple games that the Raiders were being blown out.

Despite that, Jacobs is fourth in the league in rushing yards with 1061 yards. And this is while he battles a fractured shoulder that he suffered in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Raiders have any chance of ending the season with a winning record, it will be Josh Jacobs’ legs that get them there.

Grade: A