A report this weekend quickly put an end to a narrative that was starting to form around the Las Vegas Raiders after the team’s first preseason game.

Running back Josh Jacobs surprisingly saw some action during the Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His usage set off speculation that Jacobs was being “showcased” so he could be traded.

Las Vegas appears to have a better option at running back in rookie Zamir White, a former Georgia Bulldogs standout.

White’s emergence combined with the Raiders not picking up Jacobs’ fifth-year option makes the trade speculation an easy story.

But that apparently isn’t what the Raiders are planning to do at all.

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Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (50) and defensive end Adam Gotsis (96) in the first quarter at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said after the game that he likes for his running backs to carry the ball in the preseason.

“I always think it’s good for backs to carry the ball in preseason,” said McDaniels.

That statement alone obviously isn’t going to end the speculation about Jacobs’ future with the Raiders.

A report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore, however, should put an end to the speculation.

Bonsignore wrote this weekend that there’s “no feeling whatsoever” that Las Vegas is trying to trade Jacobs.

He also suggested that Jacobs is set to be the lead back for the Raiders in 2022.

From The Las Vegas Review-Journal:

As far as the showcasing theory, there is no feeling whatsoever that the Raiders are shopping Jacobs. In spite of the club opting against picking up the former Alabama standout’s fifth-year option, and thus opening the possibility of him leaving via free agency next March, he is viewed as an important piece of their 2022 puzzle.

Despite having quality depth at running back and the certainty that the Raiders will either trade or release an NFL-caliber running back, Jacobs is expected to return as the lead back.

McDaniels simply feels as though practice reps can’t replicate game reps. That’s why he wanted all his running backs in the game against the Jaguars.

“There are a lot of things that happen when you’re tackled and getting hit that you can’t simulate in practice,” explained McDaniels.

Keeping Jacobs is the right move. Depth isn’t an exciting word, but it’s one of the most important ingredients to a successful NFL team. Having Jacobs and White in the backfield isn’t just a luxury, it might be necessary to win a stacked AFC West this season.

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