Josh Jacobs may be the most underrated running back in the NFL, and the Las Vegas Raiders star showed us a prime example of his tremendous power on Sunday.
During the first half of his team’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Jacobs lowered his shoulder and ran directly through defensive back Darqueze Dennard. He literally sent Dennard flying through the air and picked up a few extra yards.
Jacobs looked like he may have committed a penalty for lowering his helmet to initiate contact, but no flag was thrown. Even if he were penalized, Raiders coach Jon Gruden probably would not have been upset with him.
We’re used to seeing Derrick Henry abuse defenders like that, but Jacobs showed on that play that he isn’t fun to tackle, either.
Jacobs entered Sunday’s game with 755 rushing yards, which was fourth in the NFL.
After the initial rush of NFL free agency, it turns out there are still plenty of good players available. Sure, they all have flaws, be it age, a part of their game that’s not quite as prominent as teams would like it to be, or an extensive injury history that has teams questioning whether they can stay on the field. But all of these players have had success at the NFL level and can be key contributors in the right situation if they stay healthy and find the right fit.
Here are ten NFL free agents who rank as the best still available.
10) Darqueze Dennard, CB
A slot corner turned starter for Cincinnati last season, Dennard grew into his role in the Bengals’ secondary during his time with the team. Ultimately, his financial demands forced the pair to go their separate ways this offseason. The slot corner market has been robust, and Dennard figures to play heavily into it. There are injury concerns here — Dennard has just one 16-game season to his name in his NFL career thus far — but if he can stay healthy, he’ll be a worthwhile investment for someone.