Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is many things, but more than anything else, he’s special.
In Las Vegas’ overtime 22-16 victory over the Denver Broncos in Denver, he amassed 109 yards on 24 carries, looking every bit the dominant running back he’s been all season. However, on Sunday, Jacobs’ most notable achievement came early.
The soon-to-be free agent, early in the first half, became the 10th player in NFL history with 850-plus rushing yards and seven-plus rushing touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.
Seven out of the nine others to accomplish the same feat are NFL Hall of Famers.
RB Josh Jacobs has now eclipsed 850 rushing yards on the season, becoming the 10th player in NFL history with 850+ rushing yards and 7+ rushing touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.
7 of the other 9 players to accomplish the feat are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
— Raiders PR (@RAIDERS_PR) November 20, 2022
Jacobs also pitched in with 160 total yards, 51 came in the receiving game on three catches.
Josh Jacobs today:
160 TOT YDS
Most 150 yard games by an RB this season. pic.twitter.com/N1OK3wKgMM
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 21, 2022
In a season full of inconsistency, Jacobs has been one player the Raiders can count on from week to week.
For his achievements, he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves. What makes Jacobs’ season interesting is his pending free agency. The Raiders didn’t pick up Jacobs’ option in the offseason, and it was initially believed that it would be a running back by committee approach.
Jacobs put all that talk to bed early in the season. Now, he’s making Las Vegas pay for not guaranteeing his return next season.
After running his way into the record books, and Las Vegas picking up a needed win, Jacobs is forcing the organization to rethink how it values the talented running back moving forward.
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