Jacobs is facing less competition for carries after teammate Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles during a workout Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Already a strong favorite to handle the lead role in Oakland's backfield, the 24th overall draft pick is now looking at minimal threats on early downs. The Raiders have Jalen Richard on hand for passing-down work and likely will add another veteran to replace Crowell, but the fallback option won't necessarily pose a real threat to Jacobs. While splitting carries at Alabama last season with Damien Harris and Najee Harris, Jacobs scored 14 touchdowns on 140 touches (120 carries, 20 catches) last season. Oddly enough, the transition from college to the NFL leaves Jacobs with weaker competition for both snaps and touches.
Jacobs only visited a select group of teams in the pre-draft process and didn't hold a private workout for any of them, Chase Goodbread of NFL Network reports. Perhaps he simply wanted to limit the number of opportunities in which he might get unnecessarily injured, but it's nonetheless interesting that Jacobs wouldn't schedule more visits with teams that hold picks near the end of the first round of Thursday's draft. It could be the case that the three teams with whom Jacobs visited -- the Colts, Eagles and Ravens -- simply represent the running back's preferred landing spots. In any case, the Alabama product could very well slip to the second round anyway given both his non-electric workout numbers as well as his lack of history as a lead runner.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|