Jon Gruden: We’re going to try to circulate touches Kenyan Drake’s way

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The Raiders have a good, young running back in Josh Jacobs who’s started his career with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards rushing. In 2020, He took 273 carries, caught 33 passes, and accounted for 12 touchdowns.

Head coach Jon Gruden recently said during an interview on the franchise’s “The Raiders Report” TV show that he believes Jacobs is not just a Pro Bowl player, but an “MVP-caliber back.”

“We’d like to see him get more and more real estate,” Gruden said.

But the team also signed Kenyan Drake to a two-year deal worth $11 million with $8.5 million guaranteed this offseason. Las Vegas has touted Drake’s potential versatility within the offense as a reason to sign him, as he’s twice caught at least 50 passes in a season. But Gruden explained bringing in Drake is also about insurance.

“Doug Martin had 190 touches three years ago when [Marshawn] Lynch went down,” Gruden said. “DeAndre Washington had 144 touches when Jacobs went down two years ago. And this past year, Josh went down and DeVonte Booker got 110 touches. So we’re going to try to circulate the touches Kenyan Drake’s way. He’s a guy that’s made big plays.”

Drake had a career-high 955 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns last season for the Cardinals, also making 25 receptions for 137 yards. But he did that with 264 touches.

Unless Jacobs is out for a significant period of time, Drake shouldn’t come anywhere close to that number in 2021. But if Gruden can find creative ways to still get the ball in Drake’s hands, that lucrative deal could pay off for both sides.

14 responses to “Jon Gruden: We’re going to try to circulate touches Kenyan Drake’s way

  1. Jacobs will be the hammer while Drake will be a Charlie Garner type weapon.

  2. I like Jon Gruden. I think he was great on Monday Night football, especially teaming with Mike Terico. They formed a bond in the MNF booth. Horrible teaming with Sean McDouough. They never bonded. That with a guaranteed 10 year contract to rejoin the Raiders, made an easy decision to return to coaching. I’m not sure that Jon is totally committed to coaching again. Teaming him with Mike Mayock as the GM, has not produced results yet. I just have to shake my head over the directions, or lack there of, of the Raiders. Drake is a good back and should complement Jacobs. 17 games is a long season where anything could happen. I hope ‘Chucky’ finally figures things out before it’s too late.

  3. Jon, it’s Ok to admit you’re getting frustrated with how Jacobs gets banged up every 3 carries he takes.

  4. What’s with all the negativity Moriarty? Nothing but positive here our backfield is incredibly improved and so is right tackle. Let’s go let’s go! Run baby run!

  5. Hey Jon, have you tried to cycle any 1st round pick to get a QB? What are waiting for, Mahomes is in your division!!!

    Bears fleeced the Raiders so hard, no QB, Josh Jacobs is a total bust!

  6. Is Gruden going to circulate that to the turkey hole? This guy is comedy gold. Terrible HC, but flat out amusing. And he makes $10M/yr for losing. Only the Raiders! The haircut of your owner says it all.

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