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Sportsbook Sets Rushing Totals for Packers RB Josh Jacobs

How will Josh Jacobs fare in Year 1 with the Packers? And how does that compare to his free-agent peers? Here are the rushing yardage and touchdown projections.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Last season, all of the Green Bay Packers’ running backs combined for 1,497 rushing yards. In 2022 with the Las Vegas Raiders, Josh Jacobs led the NFL with 1,653.

How many yards will he rush for in his debut season with the Packers as he replaces Aaron Jones as the No. 1 runner?

FanDuel Sportsbook has over-unders on all the big-name running backs who changed teams during the early stages of NFL free agency. Here they are:

Saquon Barkley, Eagles

Rushing yards: 1,025.5

Rushing touchdowns: 6.5

Josh Jacobs, Packers

Rushing yards: 1,000.5

Rushing touchdowns: 7.5

Derrick Henry, Ravens

Rushing yards: 975.5

Rushing touchdowns: 10.5

Tony Pollard, Titans

Rushing yards: 775.5

Rushing touchdowns: 6.5

Jacobs was a first-round pick in 2019. He rushed for 5,545 yards and 46 touchdowns in five years with the Raiders. His per-season averages are 1,109 rushing yards and 9.2 rushing touchdowns in 14.4 games. Last year, with injuries limiting him to 13 games, he settled for career lows of 805 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and 1,101 total yards and six touchdowns overall.

He’s topped 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with two seasons of 12 rushing touchdowns.

DraftKings has opening totals, as well, with the over/unders for Jacobs set at 1,005 rushing yards and 7.5 rushing touchdowns.

In a fantasy-football story, ESPN’s Mike Clay projects Jacobs to rush for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns and top 1,300 total yards with 10 total touchdowns. Clay has Jones hitting 722 rushing yards and more than 1,050 total yards with the Vikings.

In a November win against the Giants, then-interim Raiders coach Antonio Pierce called Jacobs the “heartbeat” of the team. That was the same word the Packers used to describe Jones.

“He’s the heartbeat. He’s a Raider,” Pierce said. “When you watch Josh run, he runs angry, and he got back to that running style, what we saw last year. And it was just feed him, just go.”

Said Jacobs: “AP said, ‘You’re the heart and soul of the team. Nothing happens unless it comes through you first. We can’t throw the ball if you’re not running good,.’ All those types of things. He just told me the way I play the game with passion, it ignites the guys.”

The early stages of NFL free agency have not changed the Packers’ Super Bowl championship odds. With the additions of Jacobs and safety Xavier McDaniel, the Packers remain +2200 at FanDuel.