There weren’t too many surprises from the Las Vegas Raiders‘ preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The offensive line predictably struggled, many of the top players sat out and Josh McDaniels looked in control as a playcaller. The biggest thing that stuck out involved running back Josh Jacobs.

The former Pro Bowler and first-round pick started the game and played in the first two series. Teams don’t usually have key starters play a lot of snaps in preseason games, especially when a lot of other players are out. This has led to some suggesting that Jacobs could be on a different roster when the season starts.

A few analysts pointed out that they believe that the Raiders played Jacobs in an effort to gauge trade interest in him around the league.

They trying to showcase Josh Jacobs to trade him?!

— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 5, 2022

I’m confident the Raiders are looking to trade Josh Jacobs

— Adam Koffler (@AdamKoffler) August 5, 2022

Usually the Hall of Fame Game is
completely irrelevant. BUT this… this was interesting.

#nfl #raiders #joshjacobs #sports @brandoncarney @Raiders

— Heavy Sports (@HeavyOnSports) August 5, 2022

After the game, McDaniels said that he only played Jacobs because he believes that running backs need some more reps in the preseason than other positions. Time will tell if that was true based on if Jacobs is on the roster when the season starts.

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Why Would Raiders Trade Jacobs?

Barring a big offer, trading Jacobs right now doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Raiders. He’s a very good running back when healthy and looked good in the preseason opener. He’s also only due $2.1 million in base salary which is a very low price for a player of his caliber. Plus, he’s off the books after the season.

Rookie fourth-round pick Zamir White could have a bright future but suffered two torn ACLs in college. Why rely on an unproven rookie when you have a proven commodity on a good contract? The only way a Jacobs trade should happen is if the Raiders get a really good offer. It’s possible that a team with their …read more



Raiders Trade Speculation Runs Rampant After 1st Preseason Game

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