Devontae Booker deserves a great deal of credit, too.
While Jacobs is on pace to surpass the 1,150 yards he piled up in 2019, Booker has proved to be equally valuable as the Raiders backup running back, a point he drilled home emphatically with his 23-yard touchdown run against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9.
Midway through the first quarter, Booker took a handoff from quarterback Derek Carr and took off around the left corner behind the blocks of center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson, both of whom were pulling on the play. Booker breezed past both of his blockers at the 13 then sprinted the rest of the way untouched into the end zone for the Raiders first touchdown of the day.
It was picture-perfect a play as the Raiders have run this season and it came while their top back, Jacobs, stood on the sideline cheering as Booker scored his first touchdown in more than two years. Before that, the last time he went into the end zone with the ball came Nov. 4, 2018 against Houston when Booker was logging backup duty in Denver.
This one meant more, both for the Raiders and for Booker.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
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Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
AFC WEST ROUNDUP
The Chargers fired coach Anthony Lynn after four seasons.
‘We have to be a much more detailed football team'
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This is not your same old Bills
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THE LOST SEASON
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AMERICAN IDOLATRY MEETS WOKE ICONOCLASM
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GIRL ON Fire
IT TOOK DECADES FOR LOIS SMOKY ’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO KIOWA ART TO BE RECOGNIZED OUTSIDE HER TRIBE. NOW, THE ANADARKO NATIVE IS HAILED AS A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL GROUPS OF INDIGENOUS ARTISTS OF ALL TIME.
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Bills Trade Wr Jones To Raiders For Pick
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