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Jacobs is expected to be the featured back for the Packers and a candidate to be a top-12 Fantasy RB. While his 2023 season with the Raiders was marred by injuries and a preseason holdout, his 2022 was outstanding as he led the NFL in rushing yards. In that 2022 season, Jacobs handled 15-plus touches in 15 games, averaging 20.8 PPR points in those games (and 19.3 on the season). In 2023, he had 11 games with 15-plus touches and averaged 15.1 PPR points (13.9 for the season). As it is for most running backs, Jacobs has proven to be productive when in a position to get 15 or more touches. In Matt LaFleur's five years as Packers head coach, at least one running back has had at least 15 touches in 67 of 83 regular-season games. That workload should bode very well for Jacobs as long as he's healthy. A smart plan could be for a Fantasy manager to take the 26-year-old Jacobs anywhere from 18th to 30th overall, then grab rookie rusher MarShawn Lloyd as an insurance policy to lock up the Green Bay run game in case Jacobs misses time.

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2023 805 3.45 6 1 37 296 13310.2
2022 1653 4.86 12 1 53 400 25815.2
3y Avg. 1110 4.22 9 1 48 348 18212.1
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  • Packers' Josh Jacobs: Back to all activity

    Jacobs (hamstring) took part in Tuesday's practice, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports. Jacobs missed the first week of Packers OTAs due to a hamstring injury, but he was back on a limited basis by the second week before logging time with the first-team offense during the first session of mandatory minicamp this week. On Tuesday, he displayed his agility during early drills while also working on his pass protection, per Wood. Jacobs arrived in Green Bay this offseason on a four-year, $48 million contract, effectively replacing Aaron Jones as the team's top running back. The Packers then re-signed AJ Dillon and added MarShawn Lloyd in the third round of this year's draft to provide depth behind Jacobs, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in his five seasons with the Raiders.
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  • Packers' Josh Jacobs: Returns to limited practice

    Jacobs (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports. Jacobs took part in individual drills but then mostly sat out the team period. He did, however, take at least one carry in full-team drills and appears to have made it through the day without any setbacks. The hamstring injury shouldn't have much affect on Jacobs as he prepares to lead a Green Bay backfield that also has AJ Dillon and rookie third-round pick MarShawn Lloyd on hand.
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  • Packers' Josh Jacobs: Dealing with hamstring injury

    Coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday that Jacobs (hamstring) isn't practicing but should return to the field before too long, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. Jacobs was limited during OTAs on Tuesday, but it doesn't sound like the Packers are too concerned about his health. In the meantime, rookie third-round pick MarShawn Lloyd and returning veteran AJ Dillon will get extra backfield reps until Jacobs is ready to go. Jacobs at least worked on the side Tuesday, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, so he's already getting acclimated to his new offense.
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  • Packers' Josh Jacobs: Joined by third-round pick in backfield

    The Packers drafted MarShawn Lloyd in the third round of the 2024 NFL Draft to join Jacobs and AJ Dillon in their remade backfield, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic report. The decision to release Aaron Jones and sign Jacobs as a replacement likely had a lot to do with the latter being younger, larger and more capable of handling big workloads. It's nonetheless a bit difficult to project Jacobs' touch/snap counts for the upcoming season, as coach Matt LaFleur has almost always used a two-back approach when he's had his top two RBs healthy. On the other hand, there were many instances when LaFleur leaned heavily on Jones or Dillon, or Jamaal Williams before that, when one of Green Bay's top backs wasn't available, rather than giving a third-stringer a larger role. The extent of Jacobs' usage may depend on LaFleur's confidence in Dillon and/or Lloyd moreso than Jacobs' perceived ability to take on huge workloads. Dillon plodded through 2023 and has seen his YPC drop each of his seasons in the NFL, while Lloyd looks faster and more explosive but comes with glaring ball-security issues after fumbling eight times on 325 touches during his college career.
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  • Packers' Josh Jacobs: To be top dog in Green Bay

    Jacobs is slated to sign with the Packers and become the team's clear top running back, with Aaron Jones being released and AJ Dillon poised for free agency, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jacobs initially looked set to join Jones atop Green Bay's RB depth chart after agreeing to terms with the team, but he instead now has a clear path to a true workhorse role. It's still possible that Jones, or even Dillon, could end up re-signing with the Packers after testing the free-agent market, but it remains to be seen how much Green Bay will be willing to invest in the backfield after already making a one big splash in the form of Jacobs. Though he missed four games last season and was forced to overcome questionable quarterback play, Jacobs managed to accrue 1,101 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 2023. His 3.5 YPC was a career-worst mark, but at just 26 years old and only two years removed from having led the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards in 2022, Jacobs' ceiling upside as the true No. 1 back for the Packers could be tremendous.
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  • Packers' Josh Jacobs: Joining Jones in Green Bay

    Jacobs is in line to sign a contract with the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Green Bay already has a No. 1 running back in place in Aaron Jones, but AJ Dillon just completed his rookie contract and is slated to move on now that the team is poised to ink Jacobs to a deal. Jacobs missed four games due to injury this past season but still managed to post 1,101 yards from scrimmage and six TDs on the ground for the Raiders, and he's just two years removed from pacing the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards. He'll join forces with Jones to form a formidable tandem out of the Packers backfield.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Doesn't receive franchise tag

    Jacobs was not among the players that received the franchise tag ahead of Tuesday's deadline to do so, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. The same applies to Saquon Barkley of the Giants, which sets the stage for the pair of high-profile running backs to be able to explore their options in free agency next week. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, tagging Jacobs would have cost the Raiders $14.1 million, so it's not surprising that the franchise didn't go in that direction. With the likes of Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Tony Pollard and D'Andre Swift also eligible to become free agents in the coming days, it remains to be seen what sort of contract awaits Jacobs in a crowded RB market, and with that in mind it's still possible he could end up re-signing with Las Vegas.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Not getting tag

    Jacobs (quadriceps) isn't likely to receive a franchise tag from the Raiders and figures to become a free agent in March, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It would cost the Raiders about $14.15 million to tag Jacobs for a second straight offseason, and this time he's coming off a disappointing, injury-shorted year rather than a career-best breakout campaign. After taking 340 carries for a league-high 1,653 yards (4.9 YPC) in 2022, the 223-pound RB dropped to 233 carries for 805 yards (3.5 YPC) in 2023 before missing the final four games with a quad injury. Jacobs still figures to command starter money when he hits free agency a month after his 26th birthday, but it won't compare to what he would've gotten on the open market last offseason if the Raiders hadn't tagged him. It doesn't help that the upcoming free-agent class is a strong one for RBs, with other potential options including Saquon Barkley, Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, D'Andre Swift and Devin Singletary.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Won't play Sunday

    Jacobs (quad) has been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Broncos. With Jacobs, who last saw game action Week 14, ruled out for the contest, Zamir White once again is slated to lead the Raiders backfield Sunday. Jacobs thus finishes the 2023 campaign with 233 carries for 805 yards and six TDs to go along with 37 catches (on 54 targets) for 296 yards in 13 games. The 2019 first-rounder played this season on a one-year deal with Las Vegas worth $11.8 million that he signed in August.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Logs another DNP

    Jacobs (quad) remained sidelined at practice Thursday. The Raiders' top back was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, with interim head coach Antonio Pierce indicating that he views Jacobs as a game-time decision for Sunday's season finale against Denver. If Jacobs -- who has missed three straight contests -- remains unavailable this weekend, Zamir White once again would lead the team's backfield Week 18.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Not practicing to open Week 18

    Jacobs (quadricep) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate. Interim head coach Antonio Pierce told Vic Tafur of The Athletic earlier Wednesday that he views Jacobs as a game-time decision for Sunday's season finale against the Broncos. If the running back ends up missing his fourth straight contest this weekend, Zamir White would once again headline the Las Vegas backfield.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Won't play Sunday

    Jacobs (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts. Jacobs, who was listed as a DNP from Wednesday through Friday, approached the contest listed as doubtful. Now that it's been confirmed that he'll miss his third straight contest, Zamir White is once again slated to lead the Raiders' backfield in Week 17. Jacobs will target a potential return to action in the team's regular-season finale next weekend against the Broncos.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Doubtful for Sunday

    Jacobs (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Jacobs was deemed a 'DNP' Wednesday through Friday, and though his doubtful designation suggests that he'll be sidelined this weekend, interim coach Antonio Pierce still considers the running back a game-time decision. "No need to rush it," Pierce said of Jacobs' status. "If he can go at one o'clock on Sunday, I'm happy with that." If, however, Jacobs is inactive versus Indianapolis, Zamir White would once again lead the Raiders backfield in Week 17.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Likely game-time decision

    Coach Antonio Pierce noted Friday that Jacobs (quadriceps) is viewed as a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Colts, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Jacobs, who was listed as a 'DNP' in both Wednesday's walk-through and Thursday's practice, has one more chance to get some on-field work in ahead of Week 17 action, but either way it seems as though he's trending toward heading into the weekend with an official questionable designation. If Jacobs is limited or out versus Indianapolis, Zamir White would once again be in line to see added backfield touches for the Raiders.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Idle for another practice

    Jacobs (quadricep) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice. Though Tashan Reed of The Athletic relays that there's sentiment within the organization that Jacobs will be able to put an end to his two-game absence this weekend in Indianapolis, the running back hasn't taken any notable steps toward making that a reality. After managing one limited practice session in Week 16, he's now been listed as a non-participant for consecutive sessions to begin Week 17 prep. Jacobs will still have another chance Friday to log some on-field work prior to Sunday's game against the Colts, but if he's unable to make enough progress in his recovery and misses a third straight game this weekend, Zamir White would once again have a clear path to a lead role out of the Raiders' backfield.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Sits out walk-through

    Jacobs (quadricep) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate. After not taking part in Wednesday's walk-through session, Jacobs now has two more chances to practice ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts. If Jacobs remains sidelined for a third straight game this weekend, Zamir White would once again be in line to lead the Las Vegas backfield.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Inactive for Monday's contest

    Jacobs (quadricep/illness) is inactive for Monday's game against Kansas City. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Raiders held out hope Jacobs might be able to play through a right quad injury, but he didn't make quite enough progress to give it a go. He'll miss his second straight game, paving the way for Zamir White to serve as the headliner for the Las Vegas rushing attack once again after he carried 17 times for 69 yards and a touchdown to go with three catches for 16 yards in the Raiders' 63-21 win over the Chargers last week. Jacobs managed just one limited practice this week while nursing an illness in addition to the quad injury, so he'll presumably need to practice fully at some point during the upcoming week to have a chance at suiting up for the Raiders' Dec. 31 game in Indianapolis.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Appears unlikely to play Monday

    Jacobs (quadricep/illness) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Kansas City, but he's been described as a "long shot" to play, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Even though the Raiders had a longer turnaround than usual after playing Thursday last week, Rapoport suggests that Jacobs hasn't made enough progress since sitting out Las Vegas' 63-21 trouncing of the Chargers. The running back at least appeared to take a step forward by getting in one limited practice Friday, but he still looks like he'll require more time to recover from his quad issue, in part due to an illness he also picked up a few days ago. Confirmation on Jacobs' status will arrive when Las Vegas releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Monday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff, but assuming he's out for a second straight week, the Raiders will turn to Zamir White as their lead option on the ground. Ameer Abdullah should function as the main receiving back, while Brandon Bolden has almost exclusively been used on special teams in 2023.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Status in question for Week 16

    Jacobs (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Monday's game at Kansas City. Jacobs was unable to practice before sitting out the Raiders' Week 15 win over the Chargers last Thursday due to a quad injury that he sustained four days earlier versus the Vikings. As Las Vegas reconvened for practice this Thursday, he managed just one limited session (Friday) during Week 16 prep while also dealing with an illness. Interim coach Antonio Pierce implied to Vic Tafur of The Athletic that because Monday's contest is a must-win situation, he expects "all the guys to play," even those that aren't healthy. Consequently, Jacobs may be trending toward a return to action, but if he's unable to do so, Zamir White likely would lead the team's backfield.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Limited in Friday's practice

    Jacobs (quadricep/illness) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports. On a positive note, Jacobs was able to practice in some fashion Friday after sitting out Thursday's session and missing the Raiders' 63-21 win over the Chargers in Week 15. However, the running back is now dealing with an illness in addition to the quad injury, which further clouds his availability for Monday's game against the Chiefs. Interim head coach Antonio Pierce said earlier in the week that he believes Jacobs will most likely be ready to go Monday, but Saturday's injury report will provide a more concrete estimation of the running back's chances of playing.
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