Barber is shaping up to fill in for the explosive running back, according to Gruden
HENDERSON, Nevada – Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs remains ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, since the Pro Bowler has missed practice all week due to toe and ankle injuries.
Jacobs ran for two touchdowns, but only 34 yards on 10 carries in the Raiders’ 33-27 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens in the past. Monday Night Football (which can be enjoyed by Star +).
The Raiders coach, Jon Gruden, said Peyton Barber, who signed with Las Vegas on Sept. 4, will receive reruns from Jacobs., and that veteran Kenyan Drake would remain in the team’s game plan as a wide receiver from the backfield.
“We really like Barber, we think he’s a great running back,” Gruden said. “I like the way he runs, catches and tackles loads. We are excited about this opportunity to see what we have.”
Barber, 27, rushed for 258 yards and four touchdowns on 94 carries in 16 games, including two starts for Washington last season.. He had a career-high 871 rushing yards in 16 starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018.
Meanwhile Jacobs had a couple of 1,000 rushing-yard seasons in his first two NFL seasons, but had not missed a game due to injury. He did not participate in three games as a rookie, rushing for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns and averaging 4.8 yards per carry. He missed a game last season when his average yards per carry dropped to 3.9 while rushing for 1,065 yards and 12 TDs.
Jacobs reported last week that his practice workload would be reduced to keep him healthy for games.