All that is over and the Hall of Fame running back is giving advice about what the Raiders should do with rookie running back Josh Jacobs.
“Get him out in space,” Tomlinson said on NFL Network this week. “At Alabama he ran in space a lot; caught the ball in space, and he’s very dynamic guy in space.”
The Raiders selected the 5-foot-10 Jacobs with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.
In 42 games, Jacobs finished his Alabama career with 1,491 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground and 571 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions. Last season, he had a career-high 640 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
This week, the Raiders’ rookies started working with veterans in advanced of organized team activities next week.
Tomlinson likes what the Raiders did by selecting of Jacobs and added he is looking forward to seeing the team maximize the running back’s potential.
“I believe he has to develop into a being a three-down back,” Tomlinson said. “He’s never been the guy (at Alabama), so you’re going to have to have somebody else to help him out, especially early on in the season.”