With option not exercised on Josh Jacobs, Raiders draft running back Zamir White

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With the Raiders not picking up the fifth-year option on 2019 first-round running back Josh Jacobs, the team that hosted the draft needed a plan for the future of the position. That plan included selecting Georgia running Zamir White in the fourth round of the 2022 draft.

A top-10 national recruit coming out of high school, White suffered torn ACLs (one in each leg) in 2017 and 2018. A bruising between-the-tackles runner, White rushed for 856 yards on 160 carries, with 11 touchdowns in 2021.

The Raiders under new coach Josh McDaniels likely will use a committee approach to the tailback position, with multiple players being used and the game plans often dictating who will be featured. The decision not to pick up the Jacobs options surely was influenced by this reality.

The Raiders currently have six running backs on the roster: Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden, Ameer Abdullah, Trey Ragas, and White.

14 responses to “With option not exercised on Josh Jacobs, Raiders draft running back Zamir White

  1. Sadly, Jacobs has proven he cannot stay healthy. Would have liked to see him get another shot as the bell cow, but we are already into year 4 of watching him get banged up at some point. This pick also hints at not retaining overpaid Drake after this season. I do think Jacobs could be brought back after this year, so hopefully he shows up. He’s got a lot of fans who invested in his jersey rooting for him.

  2. 2 years ago I wouldn’t have believed the Raiders wouldn’t be picking up Jacob’s option. Then again, 2 years ago I wouldn’t have believed Saquon and Elliot would be a shell of their former selves.

    Tough being a running back out there. Wish you luck Jacobs, you have a great story and you seem like a cool dude that just wants to ball.

  3. My favorite player growing up was Walter Payton. It’s sad how devalued the RB position has become. Especially when you consider they’re touching the ball 4-5x as much as WRs who are getting paid that much more than them.

  4. Don’t think they want to pay a running back much. New England never did and it’s not a position teams are paying big money to anymore given how offenses have evolved to where they are now. Jacobs would’ve made $8 million next year if they picked up his option and if resigned after that would likely want even more. Good player but not with the price tag due to the position he plays.

  5. Seven(!)RB’s on the roster!? Thinking JJ & Drake are already trade bait and Ragas can expect no better than a return to the practice squad.

  6. It doesn’t matter what any of those three dudes did. Did this regime draft them? There’s no way a fifth year option is given by the new regime unless they’re on a HOF path.

  7. No way Drake is traded too much $$$ and coming off an injury. JJ I could see being traded but doubt it unless White is balling.

  8. This team is not headed in the right direction. Why trade all your picks on an overrated and overpaid WR when all of your draft picks from the massive Mack trade clearly didn’t work out. The Raiders have been in decline since that trade and are going no where fast in that division.

  9. Agree with the football guy. The Raiders are in full swing decline. All the picks from the Mack trade are null and void. Zero value obtained from that trade a few years ago. Biggest blunder of the decade is trading away all your picks this draft for a WR that will not produce much on a new team with a 3rd string starting QB.

  10. The Raiders are in full swing decline. All the picks from the Mack trade are null and void. Zero value obtained from that trade a few years ago. Biggest blunder of the decade is trading away all your picks this draft for a WR that will not produce much on a new team with a 3rd string starting QB.

  11. footballguy says:
    May 2, 2022 at 7:13 am
    This team is not headed in the right direction. Why trade all your picks on an overrated and overpaid WR when all of your draft picks from the massive Mack trade clearly didn’t work out. The Raiders have been in decline since that trade and are going no where fast in that division.

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    They were the 5 seed in 2021.

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