Raiders RB Josh Jacobs presents tough challenge for Saints defense


Saints coach Sean Payton said one consistent thing about Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s teams is a commitment to the running game.

“It's something that you saw on tape last year, this year," Payton said. "Man, those guys played extremely well. It was a hard fought game and I think that it's something that's kind of followed Jon wherever he's been."

The Raiders rushed for 133 yards in their season opening win against the Carolina on a combined 31 carries. Leading that charge was second-year running back Josh Jacobs who tallied 93 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in the win.

Payton said when watching film on the running back it's easy to see what makes the former Alabama star a threat with the ball in his hands.

"Last year. he led the league in missed tackles," Payton said. "He is elusive, he's big, he's strong, he runs with power. He's extremely impressive to watch on film."

Jacobs forced 69 missed tackles in 2019 whi. Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone said Jacobs is a very physical back.

"Obviously, he's not the tallest back, but that obviously makes him a tougher tackle for how he carries his weight and all that," Anzalone said. "So, he's very elusive and he can make all the cuts and I think that's something that makes him special back in the league."

Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan said the Saints will have to focused on being disciplined with their technique to limit the back.

"We know he had a phenomenal year here last year, so we know he can make elite cuts. And this is something that we're aware of," Jordan said. "Luckily, I think we've got a phenomenal backfield on our side. So we're able to emulate and simulate what looks we might get."