Josh Jacobs was one of the NFL’s most productive running backs in 2022.

He led the league in rushing yards and yards from the line of scrimmage, and he was rewarded by being named an All-Pro selection by the Associated Press. Yet, the praise didn’t stop there.

In a recent article by  Seth Walder of ESPN, he listed the 100 most valuable players of the 2022 season. And Jacobs came in at No. 76 ranked, but he was the No. 4 ranked running back.

Ahead of him were Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, and Austin Ekeler.

Here is what Walder had to say about Jacobs’ season:

“Jacobs had a remarkable season, make no mistake, and I think most will be asking why he’s so low on this list. The simple answer is that his 0.5 rush yards over expectation per carry was good but not great, considering his volume. And he didn’t add as much in the receiving game as McCaffrey or Ekeler. But the totality of what Jacobs did was still incredibly strong both as a raw total (1,653 rushing yards on 4.9 yards per carry) and against expectation (plus-174).”

Why Josh Jacobs needs to be a Raider

Regardless of how anyone looks at the season Jacobs put together, it was impressive. In an offense that had Davante Adams, Jacobs — time and time again — was the most impactful offensive player.

His presence changed the way defenses had to play him. And his production, with teams augmenting game plans to stop him, only validates the Las Vegas Raiders’ need to re-sign the free-agent running back.

With the Raiders already in the market for a quarterback, it’s hard to believe the organization would let its star running back walk in free agency for nothing. Though they didn’t pick up his fifth-year option, Jacobs proved he needs to be part of the Raiders’ long-term plan moving forward. He’s getting recognition because of it.

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