Is there enough practice time available to get Josh Jacobs ready for the season opener in less than two weeks at the Denver Broncos on Sept. 10?
“It’s going to be hard for me to say that until I have an opportunity to see him,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said after his team's preseason finale at the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday. “Obviously, his conditioning and just the way his body feels will play a role in that, too. The goal will be to get him in and get going and we’ll do the right thing -- whatever the right thing is.
“If there needs to be a [set] number of plays early in the season, then that’s it. If there’s not, then there’s not. I don’t think any of us will know the answer to that yet.”
In Jacobs' absence, second-year back White got the bulk of the first-team reps and carries, finishing the preseason with 86 yards and a touchdown while averaging 3.3 yards per carry. The Raiders also added Williams in training camp, and the eight-year veteran responded with 54 rushing yards on six carries with a 24-yard TD in the exhibition finale at Dallas, perhaps giving the Raiders staff something else to think about as cutdown day looms, the story said. The RB room that also includes vets Abdullah and Bolden as well as youngsters Sincere McCormick, Brittain Brown and Darwin Thompson. It remains to be seen, but White could be in store for a few extra touches at least early on in the season.