Last season, the Las Vegas Raiders struggled throughout the entire 2022 campaign, with the new-look squad failing to live up to expectations in Josh McDaniels’ first year as head coach of the storied NFL franchise.
Even though the Raiders only won six games in 2022, the season wasn’t a total loss, as veteran running back Josh Jacobs came into his own and imposed his will on opposing defenses on a weekly basis.
Jacobs racked up over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns last season, which resulted in him getting named an All-Pro for the first time in his career while also earning the distinction as arguably the best running back in the game today.
However, after a contract holdout that ended right before the start of the 2023 season, Jacobs didn’t look like an elite back in Week 1 against the division-rival Denver Broncos, as he finished with only 48 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Ahead of the clash with the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, Jacobs admits he’s still trying to knock the rust off in order to get back to form as one of the best players in the league at his position, via Pro Football Talk.
Josh Jacobs still “knocking the rust off." https://t.co/w2QR8sfM3u
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 14, 2023
With Jacobs sitting out all of training camp and preseason, the star running back was bound to show some rust in his return to the field in Week 1 against the Broncos.
Hopefully, for the sake of the team and the player, Jacobs can get things going against the Bills in Week 2, as the Raiders try to start the season 2-0.NEXT: Davante Adams Shares His Reaction To Aaron Rodgers’ Injury