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Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson has an idea what Raiders should do with Josh Jacobs

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hands off to rookie running back Josh Jacobs during phase two of offseason program at the team’s practice facility in Alameda, CA on TTuesday, May 15, 2019.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hands off to rookie running back Josh Jacobs during phase two of offseason program at the team’s practice facility in Alameda, CA on TTuesday, May 15, 2019. Oakland Raiders

For the majority of LaDainian Tomlinson’s NFL career, he gave the Oakland Raiders big problems.

All that is over and the Hall of Fame running back is giving advice about what the Raiders should do with rookie running back Josh Jacobs.

“Get him out in space,” Tomlinson said on NFL Network this week. “At Alabama he ran in space a lot; caught the ball in space, and he’s very dynamic guy in space.”

The Raiders selected the 5-foot-10 Jacobs with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.

In 42 games, Jacobs finished his Alabama career with 1,491 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground and 571 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions. Last season, he had a career-high 640 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

This week, the Raiders’ rookies started working with veterans in advanced of organized team activities next week.

Tomlinson likes what the Raiders did by selecting of Jacobs and added he is looking forward to seeing the team maximize the running back’s potential.

“I believe he has to develop into a being a three-down back,” Tomlinson said. “He’s never been the guy (at Alabama), so you’re going to have to have somebody else to help him out, especially early on in the season.”

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.


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