Raiders young running back Josh Jacobs is many things -- you can go ahead and add the term "elusive" to that adjective list.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jacobs is just that. He's the No. 1 running back in the Elusive Ratings, right ahead of New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara:
PFF running back elusive rating (formula that factors in missed tackles forced and yards after contact per attempt):
1. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
2. Alvin Kamara, Saints
3. Chris Carson, Seahawks
4. Nick Chubb, Browns
5. Le'Veon Bell, Jets— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 29, 2019
The "Elusive Rating" on PFF" "charts missed tackles forced by a running back -- either by juking a guy out of his tackle attempt or simply by powering through it --and yards gained after contact." This particular metric is considered to be one of the best indicators of work.
Basically, it measures how a running back performs from the blocking assistance they receive and the yardage the combination of the two produces.
Now that we understand the definition of the rating, it proves just how dynamic of an addition Jacobs is to the Raiders squad. Not only is the team building the offense around him, but they want to keep running the ball.
Jacobs is the perfect guy for that.
On the season so far, Jacobs has tallied 620 rushing yards with four touchdowns. That's why the Elusive Rating was brought into play, to show the deeper numbers prove he's worth more than those easily accessible digits.