New report suggests Josh Jacobs will report to Raiders prior to Week 1

Aug 21, 2023, 8:53 AM | Updated: 9:03 am

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Are the Las Vegas Raiders getting their star running back sooner than later?

According to a new report from Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Josh Jacobs is expected to rejoin the team prior to Week 1. The Raiders open the season on the road against their division rivals, the Denver Broncos.

Earlier this summer, Jacobs and the organization did not come to an agreement on a long-term deal. Because of that, the 25-year-old running back decided to sit out training camp and preseason. Las Vegas can’t fine him because Jacobs isn’t technically with the team, since he hasn’t signed his franchise tag yet.

On Sunday, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels was asked if there was any news or updates he could share about the situation.

“I have no new information on the whole situation,” McDaniels said.

The coach went on to say it’s important for every player to get some practice time in before the season begins.

“This is the National Football League, so it’s not easy to go out there and just play games and do it at the speed and level that you want to do it at unless you’ve really kind of had enough opportunity to get yourself ready to do that,” McDaniels said. “We’ve talked all year to our team about nothing carries over from one year to the next. You have to re-establish your individual level of performance and collectively as a unit, and ultimately as a team we have to establish and re-establish ourselves in terms of what we’re going to be about. So, whether it would be JJ or somebody else, it’s the same thing. Everybody’s got to have an opportunity to do that, get re-acclimated to the pace, the speed of things.”

Josh Jacobs in 2022

Prior to the 2022 season, the Raiders declined to pick up the fifth-year option for the 24th pick in the 2019 draft.

Then he went off. Josh Jacobs rushed for 1,653 total yards, securing the NFL’s rushing title and becoming only the second Raider to win the NFL’s rushing title. Raider legend and Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen led the league in rushing in 1985, his MVP season, with 1,759 yards.

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