The Oakland Raiders started the season on the right note with a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos in large part because of former Alabama star Josh Jacobs.
Oakland selected Jacobs with the 24th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Although he didn’t have jaw-dropping numbers at Alabama, the all-purpose back proved he’s a versatile weapon for any offense.
In his debut for the Raiders, Jacobs finished with 113 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. It’s hard to start your career better than he did on Monday.
Jacobs became the first player since since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001 to have at least 100 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns in their NFL debut.
Denver has an impressive defensive line, but it simply had no answer for the 21-year-old tailback.
Here are highlights from Jacobs’ first game with the Raiders:
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Jacobs proved on Monday that he can beat NFL defenses in a multitude of ways. He possesses the strength to plow through defenders, but he’s also an elusive player that can avoid tacklers.
Losing Antonio Brown before the season opener certainly had to sting for the Raiders. However, Jacobs may turn out to be an elite weapon for the team for years to come.
Raiders fans can watch Jacobs back in action on Sunday when he faces the Kansas City Chiefs.