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Josh Jacobs ranks at No. 12 on NFL’s Top 100 players of 2023

Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (#28) celebrates game-winning 86-yard TD run in overtime against Seattle Seahawks.
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The University of Alabama has taken over the NFL’s Top 100 players of 2023 countdown.

Alabama football has 12 alums on the list, and Josh Jacobs became the second running back.

RELATED: Josh Jacobs spotted leaving Las Vegas airport, won’t report to training camp

His peers voted him just outside the top 10 at No. 12. He betted on himself in 2022 and became victorious after the Las Vegas Raiders declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Jacobs won the inaugural Jim Brown Award, following a season where he led the National Football League in rushing with 1,653 yards on 340 attempts. He scored 12 touchdowns and caught 53 passes for 400 yards. The 5-foot-10, 223-pounder made his second Pro Bowl and earned first-team All-Pro honors for his performance in his fourth NFL season. He’s totaled 1,000+ yards from scrimmage in all four years, including three 1,000+ yard rushing campaigns. Jacobs does not want to play on a franchise tag for the Raiders, and the organization understands it.

Josina Anderson, a Senior NFL Insider for CBS Sports HQ, reports the Raiders are open to “restarting talks with Jacobs.”

The hopes for Las Vegas is getting him to rejoin the team. Jacobs, a 2017 College Football Playoff National Champion for the Crimson Tide, is the engine for the Raiders’ offense. He got selected at No. 24 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

RELATED: Josh Jacobs returning to his No. 8 from Alabama for the Raiders

Other stories on Tide alums on NFL’s Top 100

DeVonta Smith, No. 100

Marlon Humphrey, No. 92

Tua Tagovailoa, No. 82

Trevon Diggs, No. 60

Jonathan Allen, No. 52

Four more Alabama alums on NFL’s Top 100

Derrick Henry, No. 25

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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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