Report: Injured Raiders Josh Jacobs and Trent Brown Have Good Chance of Returning This Week

According to Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, there is good reason to think Josh Jacobs and Trent Brown will be in uniform for the Raiders against the Colts on Sunday.

“Let’s just say I’ve heard things. Good things,” Bonsignore said on Tuesday on the Silver and Black Today radio show. “But again the [injury] is ultimately going to determine it, and the medical staff, but I’ve heard good things about that.”

“Regarding Trent Brown, as well, I’m not guaranteeing anything, nobody is, but I’d be surprised if I didn’t see those guys out there.”

Jon Gruden had expressed a hint of pessimism on Monday that the Raiders would be at full strength against the Colts, but it felt like a little gamesmanship at the time and it really feels like it now.

If the Raiders do get Jacobs and Brown back, it will be the closest they have been to full strength in a long time – especially along the offensive line. And if that’s the case, the Colts might have their hands full with a team a lot of football pundits have forgotten about over the last two weeks.

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16 thoughts on “Report: Injured Raiders Josh Jacobs and Trent Brown Have Good Chance of Returning This Week

  1. Bill Williamson’s Dec. 8, 2020 article, Big day for Raiders’ tight end Foster Moreau on SBNation, says exactly what I have been advocating for the past three weeks. The week before the game against the New York Jets, another sportswriter said, “…the Raiders tightends (plural) should be an overmatch for the Jets.” Well, as we all saw, Darren Waller proved to be an overmatch for Jets defenders but Foster Moreau and Derrick Carrier were nowhere to be found and the question becomes, WHY? Bill Williamson’s article points out all of the advantages that Foster Moreau could bring to the table IF he was used and targeted more. I feel exactly the same way about all the other offensive weapons that the Raiders have but are under utilized. In short yardage, a sure handed and healthy Jason Witten should be an option as well as Zay Jones and does anyone know why Rico Gafford has not seen the field very much this season? To me, these guys represent the unpredictability factor that every team needs. Opponents NEVER prepare for these guys because all of the game film that they watch are of the primary targets. In the Raiders second game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders targeted Zay Jones, Alec Ingold and Derrick Carrier. Needless to say, the Kansas City Chiefs were caught off guard by these targetings and so will any other team be that the Raiders play against. I believe that an “occasional targeting” keeps these guys sharp and engaged. Certainly NOW is the time that the Raiders need to use EVERY weapon that they have at their disposal. Last week, against the Jets, the Raiders effectively used a committee of running backs that never get the lion’s share of the carries and the proved themselves adequate to the task. Let’s hope that their game plan is enough to beat the Colts, this week.

  2. That’s great to hear! Now let me make a couple of coaching suggestions. First off a few changes on the Defense: Rotate Hankins and Hurst regularly for freshness, and play Ferrell inside most of the time with Chris Dmith to rotate with Cke for perpetual strength and freshness. Move Joyner to FS and back up with Heath for freshness, and rote Harris at SS when Abram needs a blow. Play Mullen and Lawson at the corners and Worley at the slot because he’s bigger and stronger against larger receivers and tight ends verses Joyner, and a much better tackler against the run. Joyner is more productive at FS for open field coverage and tackling receivers vs larger backs and tight ends. Play Beasley and Crosby at DE and spell/rotate with Nassib and McKinley when he gets well. Keep Kwaitowski and Morris at LB and spell/rotate with Littleton on passing downs, because he’s weak as hell against the run. Use McMillan at LB to spell Kwiatkoski and Wilber on jumbo package in the red zone. These rotations will keep everyone fresh and spur much needed competition for starting roles across the board; as setting personnel in the proper and most productive position of circumstance; will lift this defense to a much higher level. Glad to have Worley back and he would be an absolute beast in the defensive slot and riveting position…Jon Gruden…help Guenther with personnel and play calling decisions, because he’s absolutely lost! Let your defensive leaders on the field call the sets, and have Geunther be their warning and alert eyes from the sideline…they would do much better if he has a lesser role and control…team effort!
    The offense is in pretty good shape as is, but spreading the ball around more often through the air would keep the defense off balance and open up the field for Josh and Darren…your offensive aces each and every week. Run 3,4,5 receiver sets sparingly, and keep fresh receiver legs and threats on the field; to loosen up the line of scrimmage and the defensive backfield. Run the opposing DVs to death and gain first downs at a higher rate and become less predictable. Use single set backfields and Power I formation for jumbo running and screen options to either side of the field. Be more creative and courageous on offense, as we have the talent and the pedigree to mater the utter destruction of our defensive opponents. Let’s go Raiders…just win baby!
    Coach L

    Ps: These professional coaches are PR marketeers and politicians, instead of hard nose masters of the game. Let me have the Raiders for one season with the current roster, and we become Super Bowl Champions. Players get paid to play, and coaches get paid to teach and lead by supervision and example…do your **** job coaches and lead your players to ultimate victory…that’s all folks!

      1. Wayne, a Raiders fan name Dave posted a comment below. This is my response to his post. Can you weigh in on this topic? “Dave, after reading your analysis of Rico Gafford, I did some research and found out that Rico Gafford can out run the wind but can’t catch a cold, just like you said. He needs to be cut because he is holding up a roster spot for a real football player and if I was Jon Gruden, I would tell him that. He should definitely be contributing to this team. I would put the pressure on his non-productive *** and tell him that he either starts contributing RIGHT NOW or be prepared to find a job somewhere else next year. He should be watching and learning from Ruggs, Agholor and Hunter Renfrow on how to be a productive wide receiver. Potential don’t mean jack if you don’t produce. He ran a 9.1 forty and Ruggs ran a 2.27 forty, between the two of them, defenses should be backing up 20 yards from the line of scrimmage. Gruden needs to go Chucky on him and put his foot in his ***. With two players faster than Tyreek Hill, there is NO REASON why the Raiders should be 6-5.”

    1. Wow…you really think you could coach an NFL team to the Super Bowl with no professional coaching experience? Ego much? It is not as easy as you make it sound. If it were, every team would be undefeated and vying for playoff spots each year. Your comments disrespect the hard work these coaches put in. Your comments disrespect the game of football…its a complicated game that has many nuances that the average joe is not aware of….have some respect for the game. You make yourself sound like an egotistical, ignorant “know it all”. Going forward, be quiet and watch…let the pros who know what they doing, do their job.

  3. Yeah I dont get it we have weapons but dont use them I look at other teams and see how multiple players get the ball why can’t we do that

  4. So basically the Raiders are working an edge for players returning and hoping that the Colts are caught of guard BUT the RaiderBeat decided to leak their surprise???? With friends like that, who needs enemies. Anything for a story I guess.

  5. I have a feeling the Raiders have a tendency to play down and play up to the level of the team they are facing. Looked great against Chiefs,Saints,not so great against Jets, Falcons.

    1. Thank you Dave for the info. I do remember reading somewhere that Rico Gafford was supposed to be quite fast but couldn’t figure out, for the life of me, why he hasn’t been on the field. And for sure, Waller was absolutely undefendable by the Jets defenders, so that too makes all the sense in the world. Lastly, that article I referred to about Foster Moreau has lots of merit. He is only 23 and needs to be incorporated in the offense because he is the future and would allow the Raiders to run the double tightend set with two legitimate threats. With just a little productivity, on his art, the offense could become even more dominant.

  6. Every week is a must win and if we cant trust Brown to be accountable in these situations, we need to bite the bullet and let him go. Draft a RT in the 3rd round.

  7. To answer the question about Rico Gafford–it’s because he’s a track runner, not a football player. He’s got bricks for hands and can’t run a route that isn’t a straight line to save his life. Foster and Witten weren’t targeted because Waller was going off–no need to go away from what they can’t stop.

    1. Posted my response to you Dave under Troy’s name and now I’ll address my response to Troy’s comment under your name. You are, in my opinion, absolutely correct Troy but isn’t that a reflection on the coaches? Playing that was has gotten us to where we are and hopefully won’t come back to bite us in the butt.

    2. Dave, after reading your analysis of Rico Gafford, I did some research and found out that Rico Gafford can out run the wind but can’t catch a cold, just like you said. He needs to be cut because he is holding up a roster spot for a real football player and if I was Jon Gruden, I would tell him that. He should definitely be contributing to this team. I would put the pressure on his non-productive *** and tell him that he either starts contributing RIGHT NOW or be prepared to find a job somewhere else next year. He should be watching and learning from Ruggs, Agholor and Hunter Renfrow on how to be a productive wide receiver. Potential don’t mean jack if you don’t produce. He ran a 9.1 forty and Ruggs ran a 2.27 forty, between the two of them, defenses should be backing up 20 yards from the line of scrimmage. Gruden needs to go Chucky on him and put his foot in his ***. With two players faster than Tyreek Hill, there is NO REASON why the Raiders should be 6-5.

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