Las Vegas Raiders: Josh Jacobs Wins NFL Rushing Title
Last season, Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs finished eighth in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,150 yards. But he finished third in rushing yards per game with 88.5 behind only Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb.
Jacobs finished behind those two, and five others, in the rushing title race because he played in only 13 games, tied with Saquon Barkley for the fewest games played by a 1,000-yard rusher in 2019.
Now, Las Vegas added a lot of speed to their receiving corps this offseason, signing veteran Nelson Agholor while drafting Henry Ruggs III out of Alabama in the first round before selecting Lynn Bowden Jr., a jack-of-all-trades, out of Kentucky, and Bryan Edwards, out of South Carolina, in the third round.
That speed on the outside, combined with a solid, if not spectacular, offensive line should open up things even more for Jacobs, who, if he plays a full season, or close to it, will run the NFL rushing title in just his second professional season.
Whether that translates into a winning record for the Raiders is an entirely different question. But Jacobs, the top running back in the division, is about to show the rest of the league that he deserves mention as one of the top overall backs among all 32 teams.