The NFL recently announced the Pro Bowlers from the 2020 season, and Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller both made the cut.
Jacobs and Waller were the only Raiders players to make it, unfortunately, with Rodney Hudson, Derek Carr and Daniel Carlson among those being snubbed.
Both Jacobs and Waller were well-deserving though as the Raiders’ offense has been one of the most-improved in 2020 and they are the main reason for that.
Carr had high praise for his top two skilled position players and is looking forward to celebrating with them, via Levi Edwards of Raiders.com:
“They deserve it, man. They are two of the hardest-working people,” said Derek Carr. “They are unbelievable people to be around – hard workers.
“Everything that we do goes through them. So, it’s always fun to be a part of something with somebody because you get to celebrate with them.”
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden also had some kind words for Jacobs, who was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his second NFL season:
“I think when you get selected to the Pro Bowl, it’s not by accident,” said Jon Gruden. “It’s out of respect from the guys that know what they’re talking about in this league. He’s improved as a receiver. He’s a tough dude, man. He’s gotten better in all areas.”
Jacobs’ efficiency has taken a hit in 2020 as he is only averaging 3.7 yards per carry after averaging 4.8 in his rookie season. He has still rushed for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games though and as Gruden mentioned, he has also improved as a receiver. Jacobs has 33 receptions for 238 yards this season compared to 20 receptions for 166 yards a year ago.
Waller is also putting together his most complete season, leading the team in receptions (93), receiving yards (967) and touchdowns (8).
While the Raiders may not be making the postseason this year, it is clear they have two stars on the offensive side of the ball to build around moving forward.