In the absence of star running back Josh Jacobs opting out of attending Raiders OTA’s and minicamp, the team remains at a stalemate in terms of securing a long-term deal with their talented running back, using the franchise tag as leverage., the Las Vegas Raiders have been pleasantly surprised by the emergence of several players in the running back position during this offseason. None more than Sincere McCormick
The Raiders have been pleasantly surprised by the presence of Sincere McCormick in their running back room. Despite going undrafted in 2022, McCormick has quickly made his mark after being signed as a free agent. He was used as the feature back in his college days at Texas-San Antonio
Word around the Raiders building is he’s been able to showcase his talent and explosive potential to possibly be a replacement for Josh Jacobs. The Raiders are said to be comfortable with the running back by committee model often used in today’s NFL, especially with how McCormick’s skills continue to develop. During his time he lead the Roadrunners to a 12-1 record and being named the Most Valuable Player of the Conference USA Championship Game, showcases his abilities to be a workhorse back. Additionally, being a two-time Offensive Player of the Year in Conference USA further enforce the notion that he might possibly be a viable option if given the opportunity.
“Any time a player gets an injury like that where he is out a long time, you hope he comes back and hope he performs the way he wants to perform,” Lombardi said. “And I think Sincere has not only done that but he’s done a great job of just learning the playbook and coming out there.
“He’s gotten some reps too, probably reps he wouldn’t have gotten as a rookie before.”
Josh Jacobs has been a highly productive running back for the Las Vegas Raiders since he entered the league. In his first three seasons, he accumulated nearly 4,000 yards from scrimmage, highlighting his ability to contribute both as a rusher and a receiver. Additionally, Jacobs has never had a season with less than 800 yards, demonstrating his consistency and impact for the Raiders’ offense. While there may be concerns about potential regression in 2023 the Raiders front office seems to be uncomfortable offering a running back with over 300 carries last year a long-term deal, especially with the emergence of this extremely competitive running back room. We shall see in the coming weeks