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Raiders’ RB Josh Jacobs wins AFC’s Offensive Rookie of the Month

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He is fulling a dream he had for himself and his family. 

For someone who once had nothing, Josh Jacobs has quickly become one of the National Football League’s most fascinating rookies.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder fits the mold of the modern-day running back and carries a few intangibles that the Raiders truly love. 

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After a strong career at the Alabama, Oakland selected Jacobs with the No. 24 overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft. Jon Gruden got his guy to run the ball and thus far, Jacobs has made silver and black look entertaining.

Despite its 3-4 record, the Oklahoma native has totaled 620 yards rushing with four touchdowns on 124 carries.

His performance in the month of October – which included two 100-yard games versus Chicago and Green Bay pushed Jacobs to AFC Offensive Rookie of the Month honors.

He posted 123 yards with two scores in a victory over the Bears and despite a loss on the road to the Packers, he collected 124 rushing yards on 21 attempts. 

Jacobs averaged 104.3 yards per game this month. He is currently sixth in the league in rushing and many names in national media are considering him for NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.  

For now, Jacobs wants to keep the Raiders with a chance of possibly making the playoffs. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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