The Raiders running back situation has been a source of league-wide discussion lately as RB Josh Jacobs became the subject of trade rumors following his appearance in the Hall of Fame Game.
Coach Josh McDaniels did his best during his pre-practice news conference Monday to shut down any such talk. Asked if there was any truth to the speculation, he emphatically said no. One factor that could make Jacobs seem expendable is rookie RB Zamir White. McDaniels had plenty of praise for White at the same press conference. He said White played quickly in his first NFL action against the Jaguars. According to Tashan Reed of The Athletic, conveniently,White spoke with reporters after practice. White said he was dominant, strong, and fast. He will come. He is not afraid of anything and can do anything. White was probably buoyed by his performance in the Hall of Fame game so much confidence was instilled in him. He tallied 52 rushing yards on 11 carries and added 23 yards on three receptions. White shows strength as he transitions into multiple short-yardage situations and shows speed and agility in the open field. He is out of high schoolHe was a five-star recruit. Could represent a steal for the Raiders. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
White’s progress as a collegiate at Georgia was slowed by injuries, likely affecting his draft stock. An undisclosed injury that forced him to miss part of training camp is certainly a concern. But right now, it appears that Jacobs and the White Raiders have the potential to be a powerful one-two punch. Jacobs’ career in the NFLHad injury issues of his own and together, White and Jacobs could keep each other fresh. McDaniels’ roster will be further evaluated as the preseason continues, but considering the amount of time Jacobs played collegiately at Alabama, the running back room looks as talented as it has in years. Additionally, it would be a win for McDaniels if White makes it as a rookie because the Raiders have Davante Adam.
They had their first two draft picks in the deal And if yesTo be dominant, strong and quick, the Raiders backfield will be a supreme compliment to Adams and the rest of Las Vegas’ playmakers, as the team tries to build on its 10-7 record from a year ago and go deep.