One of the biggest offseason stories in the NFL has been how undervalued running backs are.
The 2023 season of Josh Jacobs is another example why. Running backs simply have a hard time keeping up a long line of heavy production.
Check out this recent tweet by the Associated Press:
In 2022, #Raiders Josh Jacobs had 8th season of 390+ scrimmage touches in last 15 seasons. Here’s how much the others dropped in scrimmage yards the next season:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) December 29, 2023
Chris Johnson -900
Arian Foster -379
DeMarco Murray -1,237
Le’Veon Bell sat out
This is pretty solid evidence that running backs simply have a hard time performing at a high level for an extended period.
After leading the NFL in 1,653 rushing yards last season, Jacobs has had his ups and downs this season. He has missed the past three games with a quad injury and has 805 rushing yards. He is averaging 3.5 yards per carry (which would be the lowest of his five-season career) after averaging 4.9 yards a carry last season.
Jacobs sat out training camp and agreed to a revised deal worth up to $12 million. He could be a free agent next season or the Raiders can extend him or give him the franchise tag. His production decrease could cause the Raiders to let him walk.
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