Typically, the third game of the preseason is used as a “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. However, it seems unlikely that the Raiders’ starters are going to play much, if at all in Week 3. Jon Gruden doesn’t like to overwork his starters in meaningless games, especially on a foreign field.
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be several intriguing players to keep an eye on when the Raiders take on the Packers on Thursday night. So without further ado, let’s take a look at four players you should watch in the third preseason game.
After not playing in the first game of the preseason, rookie running back Josh Jacobs ran exclusively with the first team in Week 2, totaling 20 yards on four carries. Will Jacobs play in Week 3 if Derek Carr and the rest of the offensive line isn’t on the field? That should be a good test case to see how much the team values their new every-down back.
If Jacobs plays, look to see how the Raiders use him. Are they keeping him in as a blocker on passing downs or are they allowing him to go out on pass routes? Is he being motioned to the slot or is he just running routes from the backfield? If Jacobs does indeed play, don’t expect him to be in the game for very long as the Raiders need him to stay healthy for Week 1 of the regular season.