Ryan Thompson says:
"I want see Jacobs get back into form. I'm hoping he has a big performance. It will help the QB and the passing game."
While it wasn't as much on the ground, Josh Jacobs certainly helped the quarterback in the passing game last Sunday.
The first three games for the 2022 rushing king weren't a bed of roses, to be frank. After averaging 36 rushing yards a game through the first three weeks, he got in the end zone for the first time this season against the Chargers. The biggest improvement Jacobs has made to his game since arriving in the NFL is his pass catching abilities, which helped out rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell a lot. The running back finished with a season-high eight catches for 81 yards against the Chargers.
Statistically speaking, Jacobs is getting back into form. He may have an advantage this Monday as the Green Bay Packers has surrounded the third-most rushing yards.
Andy Clark says:
"I want to see the ball spread amongst the players on offense."
Whether it's Jimmy Garoppolo or O'Connell suiting up this Monday, we know both of them have chemistry with Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers. The receiving duo has accounted for nearly 60 percent of the team's receptions through four games.
Defenses are fully aware that Adams and Meyers are X-factors in Raiders offense. Therefore, it's only a matter of time the rest of the offense opens up. Rookies Michael Mayer and Tre Tucker are prime examples of candidates for breakout games. While the ball hasn't been coming their way a lot, they've found opportunities to get open. If the Raiders' top wideouts are blanketed early in the play, I expect Garoppolo or O'Connell to go through their progressions and look for Mayer or Tucker.
"[W]e have to get [Mayer] involved more in the passing game and we want to get him more involved in the passing game," said offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi. "That goes for every skill player, but since he's on the field so much, we definitely have to do that moving forward. And we're going to try to do that on a weekly basis because I think he deserves an opportunity to catch the football.
"Tre was ready to go on Sunday," continued Lombardi. "Tae went down with an injury, so that left Jakobi, Hunter [Renfrow], Tre and DeAndre [Carter] in three receiver groupings to kind of go four for three there. He got out there quick and knew what to do. I was proud of him."
Jose Luis Trevino Jr. said:
"Utilize the deep ball."
Garoppolo has been fairly accurate, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes through three games. Moving the ball down the field isn't an issue for this offense, however Garoppolo has completed only six passes for over 20 yards this season and none over 40 yards.
There are multiple reasons as to why there haven't been multiple long yardage passes, but I believe if the Raiders can find a consistent groove in the running attack, that will open things up vertically against defenses. Additionally, receivers DeAndre Carter and Tre Tucker could become more involved in the offense moving forward – providing a speed element to create more explosive plays.
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