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Silver Minings: Josh Jacobs’ production dip predictable

Running backs often can’t keep up heavy workload

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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:

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.

In other Raiders news:

  • Self-inflicted problems: Week 17 was another example of it for the Raiders.
  • Recap: The Raiders’ website has a look back at the loss to the Colts.
  • Finale odds: Here is a look at the betting angles for Sunday’s season ender against the Broncos.