LAS VEGAS — Marcus Allen was a mentor for Josh Jacobs since Jacobs entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick in 2019. So fate would have decided that Allen was in the Allegiant Stadium suite of Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis on Sunday when Jacobs added his name in the franchise record books. for running backs…alongside Allen.
And it was Allen who rounded Jacobs up in the hallway outside the Raiders locker room after their 38-20 blowout against the Houston Texans – a game in which Jacobs rushed for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns – for him. saying, “They should have led you all the way,” Jacobs recalls with a laugh.
Consider: Jacobs became the third player in franchise history to record 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in three straight games, joining Allen (four in a row in 1985) and Clem Daniels (three in a row in 1966) ; Jacobs is also the first in franchise history with three consecutive games for 100 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown, three consecutive games with 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown, and 500 scrimmage yards and 6 touchdowns in ground in three games.
He also joined Allen (5) and Pete Banaszak (2) as the only Raiders players with multiple 3-game rushing touchdowns in their respective careers.
“I mean, it’s been huge to see him, especially if he’s who he is,” Jacobs said of Allen, the Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII victory MVP and a member of Pro Football Hall. of Fame.
“And being a great running back in this game, to be able to take the time and, you know, walk me through and talk to me about things he sees and things like that, I don’t really take that for granted,” says Jacobs. “So it’s been huge. To be able to have him here and be happy for me to break his record is definitely huge for me.”
Over his last three games, which include a pair of Raiders wins, Jacobs rushed for a combined 441 yards and 6 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
His run created more opportunities for an often slow attack. Especially for receivers, says wide Davante Adams.
“In some situations, whether it’s action gaming or otherwise, the box is obviously going to be a little more stacked,” Adams said. “Especially if he keeps [rushing] for a dollar fifty each game, it will be much easier for us to go and do our thing.
“[Defenses] can still take me, but then it’s just, ‘You don’t love me.’ Because he will continue to do what he does and have successful matches like that. That’s what we need from him if we want to keep winning.”
The Raiders, who opened 0-3, have won two of their last three games and embark on a crucial two-game road trip against the New Orleans Saints (2-5) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2- 5).
Jacobs and his running game, along with advice from his Hall of Fame mentor, who was actually on the cover of Sunday’s game program, should travel well.
So does knowing that Jacobs, taken with the No. 24 overall pick at Alabama by the former regime of coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock, is in a contract year. The new regime of coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler did not choose Jacobs’ fifth-year option this offseason, instead taking a wait-and-see approach after Jacobs had a down year in 2021.
Jacobs, who authored two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his first two years and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2020, hasn’t publicly said he was motivated by the apparent levity. Instead, he referenced his conversations with Allen.
“Yeah, man, because [he has] been there, you know, and he told me about his experiences, and how he felt in certain situations and things like that, and that’s what helps me say, ‘OK, I’m not alone in this case. Someone has been through this process before,” Jacobs said. “They think the same way I do.
“He was like, ‘Go to work,’ from day one, ever since I met him, ever since I talked to him on day 1. He was like, ‘Man, you just gotta work, come on. and do what you ‘do.’ He gave me little advice on little things, whether it was on the goal line or whatever, body placement…it was really huge. He’s been one of my best defenders since I came into the league and so for him to take me under his wing and be ready to do that – that’s been huge for me.”