HENDERSON, Nev.–He won’t say, but Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs must have been disappointed when Silver and Black decided not to take up his fifth-year contract option.
To his credit, the young Pro Bowl player didn’t sulk, nag, or complain. What has he done? He keeps grinding.
After training here in the training camp, Jacobs went into the contract situation and much more. You can watch the entire press conference below and also read the transcript:
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Q: They were kind of restricted in OTAs and minicamps. How do you feel now?
Jacob’s: “Yeah, I mean I’m feeling pretty good. Feel fast, you know what I’m saying. It’s the beginning of the camp, everyone feels fast at the beginning of the camp. So so far it’s been pretty good.”
Q: How did you feel after your fifth year option was not accepted?
Jacob’s: “To be honest, I don’t think about it that much. I firmly believe that the work you put in will pay off. And I had to be here anyway. And this is where I want to be. So I had no problem with that. (It) gave me more reason to come and meet with the guys and work every day, so I saw it that way.
Q: How excited are you for Josh McDaniels’ playbook and maybe showing a little more versatility in your skills?
Jacob’s: “Yeah man. I mean it’s obviously a big offense. It’s a great group of guys. I mean we’re just learning the schemes and everything. So I’m still trying to figure out the ins and outs of everything. But Man I’ve been happy with my progression so hopefully I’ll keep stacking the days and it translates.”
Q: How would you describe your attitude at the beginning of this season?
Jacob’s: “My attitude at the beginning of the season was already different than at the end of last season because we didn’t know who the coach would be. So I knew I had to learn a new attack. I knew I had to come in and get used to new coaches and all that stuff. So I knew I had to work the whole offseason. I was just thinking about it and trying to get my body working properly. Come on in this group of guys when you see how they think and why they do certain things it’s just amazing to me so I’m trying to follow their example right now.
Q: Derek Carr said you should be the happiest guy in the room. What do you think he meant by that? And then also, what were you physically involved with earlier this year?
Jacob’s: “I think what he meant by that, for me personally you have to be dominant in every offense, in every system, you have to be dominant with the run, that’s how you control the game, that’s how you win games. So I think he was just talking about it from that point of view, he thinks I’m going to come in and we’re going to spend another year with an O-Line that’s a bit more experienced and so on being able to come and just go dominate. And off-season I was in the process of getting my body right. I didn’t have anything that was just too crazy. I just focused on what I needed to focus on at that point in time.”
Q: Did you feel fresher when you came to camp?
Jacob’s: “Yes, I definitely feel fresher. Definitive.”
Q: Now that you’re on the field, does it feel a little different or totally different on this offense than what you’ve been used to in recent years?
Jacob’s: “At the end of the day, men’s football is football. Yes, the terminology might be a little different or whatever. But concepts are everywhere, no matter what team you’re on, the concepts are the same. So I’m just trying to learn their terminology, play fast and complete my tasks.”
Q: Have you ever seen a movie about the Patriots?
Jacob’s: “Oh of course. Our trainers, when they came in we were into OTAs and stuff like that. We looked at a lot of clips of them. We also had photos or whatever to study the pieces and stuff like that. So, yeah, I’ve definitely seen a lot of plays.”
Q: Did you notice anything while watching the tape? They always seemed versatile and diverse in different ways they attacked.
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Jacob’s: “I just liked how aggressive they were. A lot of their boys knew they knew their job, you could tell they played fast and didn’t think too much. I noticed that, especially in the running back position, you could tell there was too much hesitation. So that’s what struck me the most.”
Q: How was the competition with additions in the running back room?
Jacob’s: “Man, the competition was amazing. I mean it’s fun man. I firmly believe in having a group of guys who are ready to compete. I believe iron sharpens iron, just being around the guys who are willing to put in the work every day is good or better in certain areas. And being able to compete with them was fun. Being able to come and be a vet now and be able to be with the newbies and be able to pass on that knowledge, that’s what the game is about, that’s what the game is about.”
Q: What are yours early impressions of the offensive line?
Jacob’s: “Man, we’re taking it day by day right now. It’s still fresh. There are many new faces. It’s a lot of new people. So I don’t know who’s going to be where or anything. But man, I like the work we put in every day.”
Q: What did you see of Alex Leatherwood as he entered his sophomore year?
Jacob’s: “Man, all I see is Wood working his ass off every day. I mean, he’s one of the first guys out there to start working on his sets and things like that in the early days of practice. And I remember having to talk to him and just tell him, ‘Man, if you keep working every day, it’s going to pay off.’ I mean, I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year.”
Q: The Patriots have traditionally used a lot of backs and involved a lot of guys. Is that a good thing for you?
Jacob’s: “I mean, I don’t know. I’ve never been in a system like this before. Right now I’m just trying to study my playbook, get a grip on my plays so I can at least get on the field. So that’s what I was working on.”
Q: You said at the beginning of the camp that everyone feels faster, everyone feels fresh. are you different right now It seems like you’re faster than ever.
Jacob’s: “I keep getting that. I keep hearing that. I do not know. I guess it’s just the work, the work I put into the off-season. I did everything calmly. I made sure to stay off social media, all those things. Just get down to work. I’m just waiting to get the opportunity to come out here and show what I’ve been working on.”
Q: Were you able to process everything that happened last year?
Jacob’s: “I think we processed that when we had a team meeting and we did that little run last year. I think we all sort of processed it collectively as a team and just refocused on what we wanted to achieve. And I mean we at the beginning, we didn’t play a game, we didn’t play against anybody, we didn’t even fight. So right now we’re just trying to achieve those goals, day by day.”
Q: How important was the final month of last season to continue that run, to lay the foundation and show you what you’re capable of?
Jacob’s: “I know for myself I can’t really speak for anyone else, but I know the camaraderie that we’ve had as a team over the past few weeks when we’ve had all these things going, which is different, I mean the energy in the Dressing room, the guys who you could tell cared about each other and stuff like that. It was just different. This year we’re just trying to have the same camaraderie, trying to bring the group of guys in, there’s a lot of new faces, a lot of new names just trying to put the pieces together.
Q: Did you do the Mack Hollins Mile? And is that one camaraderie builder?
Jacob’s: “Mack Hollins, man, that’s a great guy, man. He is funny. And he’s a hard working man. He comes out every day and puts the work in. And I look forward to seeing him. He’s smart too, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy pick up an offense that quickly, honestly.”
Q: What does Mack bring from a leadership perspective?
Jacob’s: “He’s one of those guys that I think everyone gets along with. Walks in every day with a smile on his face, not complaining or anything. He is just who he is. He comes out and works hard every day. So yeah, I definitely think he’s a guy that people can look at and try to follow.”
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