The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame Game that saw the Raiders thump Jacksonville 27-11.

Though most first-string players didn’t play in the game, Las Vegas running back, Josh Jacobs, did, which indicates that his standing on the Raiders may not be as secure as initially believed.

Josh Jacobs’ surprise appearance

Lead backs almost never participate in the preseason due to the risk of injury. However, with Jacobs playing, maybe his spot as the lead back on the Raiders is not as solid as was widely believed.

The Raiders used a fourth-round draft pick to select rookie Zamir White. And the organization also declined Jacobs’ fifth-year option early in the offseason.

All of which are signs that things aren’t as solid at the running back position as assumed.

Nonetheless, Jacobs only played the first quarter, and he looked like his typical self. He rushed five times for 30 yards while adding two catches for 14 yards.

Raiders coach Josh Mcdaniels’ explanation attempted to quell any suspicions as to why Jacobs played, explaining that it was merely to help him get live-game reps.

I always think it’s good for backs to carry the ball in the preseason,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that happen when you’re getting tackled and hit that you can’t simulate in practice. I think all our guys had the ball tonight. I think all our guys either caught it or were handed the ball and had to get tackled. We can’t really simulate that or rep that in practice.”

Still, it’s hard to believe a running back entering his fourth year in the NFL needs to get his feet wet in the preseason unless he also has something to prove.

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