The Oakland Raiders did not play first-round running back Josh Jacobs in their opening preseason game. But in Oakland’s second preseason contest, Raiders coach Jon Gruden put the rookie from Alabama right to work against the Arizona Cardinals.

The first three snaps of the game were handoffs to Jacobs for runs between the tackles. He gained 6, 8 and 6 yards. After a pass completion, Jacobs had a 1-yard run. On the next play, the Raiders scored a touchdown and Jacobs’ first pro outing was over.

Jacobs totaled 21 yards on four rushing attempts in Oakland’s 33-26 victory over Arizona on Thursday night.

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“I was mad at myself because they should have been bigger runs,” Jacobs said. “But I was just knocking off the rust and things like that. It’s slowing down for me already. That’s the only way I can really explain it.”

It was a small sample size, but Oakland quarterback Derek Carr said Jacobs had shown plenty of promise.

“Really good, right? His vision,” Carr said. “You know I’ve been able to hand the ball off to some really good running backs. I’ve played with some fun ones — MJD (Maurice Jones-Drew), D-Mac (Darren McFadden), Latavius (Murray), Marshawn (Lynch), Doug (Martin) — and that’s just the guys that’ve carried most of the footballs. I’ve played with a lot of good backs. Watching his vision was really impressive because I have the best seat in the house. I’m sitting back there playing Madden tell him to cut back and trying to run for him. He’s right up there with those guys.

“For him to do that, especially in his first game, I think the thing that rubbed off on me the most about Josh was his want-to. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh man, this is my first game.’ None of that. He was out there just trying to bully people. He was out there trying to run hard. He didn’t care that he’s a rookie. He’s trying to prove that he’s the best back in the NFL. That’s his mindset. Really impressed. Obviously, the runs and all of that, the offensive line did a great job, but more so impressed with his demeanor and mentality.”

Jacobs was among the 50 former Alabama players who got on the field during the second week of the 2019 NFL preseason.

Two other former Alabama players got on the field during the Raiders-Cardinals game:

· Raiders guard Lester Cotton (Central-Tuscaloosa) played 24 of Oakland’s 69 offensive snaps.

· Cardinals safety Deionte Thompson made one tackle. He was on the field for 31 defensive snaps and 11 special-teams plays.

In other Week 2 games:

Baltimore Ravens 26, Green Bay Packers 13

· Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett made one tackle while playing half of Baltimore’s 60 defensive snaps.

· Ravens center Bradley Bozeman played 38 of Baltimore’s 67 offensive snaps.

· Packers cornerback Tony Brown made a tackle and broke up a pass while playing 24 of Green Bay’s 67 defensive snaps.

· Marlon Humphrey (Hoover) started at left cornerback for the Ravens. On the field for 15 defensive snaps, Humphrey made two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

· Mark Ingram made his preseason debut as the Ravens’ starting running back. He played seven snaps, getting the ball on four of Baltimore’s first six plays in the game and gaining 18 yards on the ground.

· Cyrus Jones started at cornerback for the Ravens. He recorded five tackles and one quarterback hit while playing a team-leading 34 defensive snaps.

· Packers punter JK Scott averaged 52.8 yards on six punts, with a net average of 44.3 yards. Scott’s longest punt was 64 yards, which resulted in a touchback.

· Ravens outside linebacker Tim Williams made one tackle on defense and one tackle on special teams. He played 19 defensive snaps and eight special-teams plays.

Buffalo Bills 27, Carolina Panthers 14

· Panthers offensive lineman Brandon Greene played every snap for Carolina in its preseason opener. In the second game, Greene came off the bench for 15 snaps before departing with an injury.

· Bills wide receiver Robert Foster played 11 offensive snaps and six special-teams plays.

· Panthers outside linebacker Christian Miller registered one quarterback hit while playing 34 of Carolina’s 69 defensive snaps.

· Levi Wallace started at cornerback for the Bills. He made a tackle and broke up a pass during his 15 snaps on the field.

· Panthers wide receiver DeAndrew White caught a 13-yard pass during his 21 offensive snaps.

· Bills running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne) stayed busy during his 13 offensive snaps. He had seven rushing attempts for 26 yards and caught a 10-yard pass.

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13

· Jonathan Allen started at defensive end for the Redskins. He made three tackles during his 14 snaps on the field.

· Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Anderson (Daphne) played 26 of Washington’s 74 defensive snaps.

· Landon Collins started at strong safety for the Redskins and made two tackles while playing 18 snaps.

· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at nose tackle for the Redskins. He made two tackles and tipped a pass that was intercepted and returned 96 yards for a touchdown during his 11 snaps on the field.

· Redskins center Ross Pierschbacher was on the field for eight offensive snaps and three special-teams plays.

· Redskins wide receiver Cam Sims made one special-teams tackle and also took 18 snaps with Washington’s offense.

· Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith (Huffman) played 33 of Cincinnati’s 75 offensive snaps.

· Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (Gadsden City) and offensive tackle Jonah Williams and Redskins inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Carver-Montgomery) did not play.

Cleveland Browns 21, Indianapolis Colts 18

· Colts tight end Hale Hentges caught four passes for 34 yards and scored on a 2-point conversion pass.

· Ryan Kelly started at center for the Colts. He made 19 snaps in his 2019 preseason debut.

· Browns inside linebacker Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) made three tackles while playing 57 of Cleveland’s 81 defensive snaps.

Dallas Cowboys 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

· Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper did not play. He has missed the first two preseason games with a heel injury.

Houston Texans 30, Detroit Lions 23

· A’Shawn Robinson started at defensive tackle for the Lions. He made one tackle while playing 28 of Detroit’s 78 defensive snaps.

· Lions defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand and Texans defensive end Johnny Dwight and quarterback AJ McCarron (St. Paul’s) did not play.

Minnesota Vikings 25, Seattle Seahawks 19

· D.J. Fluker (Foley) started at right guard for the Seahawks and played the first two offensive series.

· Jarran Reed started at defensive tackle for the Seahawks. He played 25 of Seattle’s 81 defensive snaps.

· Seahawks running back Bo Scarbrough (Northridge) did not play because of a groin injury.

· Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. caught five passes for 28 yards and his first pro touchdown. Smith caught a 3-yard TD pass with 1:05 left in the first half as the Vikings tied the game at 10-10. Smith played 26 offensive snaps.

New England Patriots 22, Tennessee Titans 17

· Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) started at inside linebacker for the Titans. He made one tackle while playing Tennessee’s first two defensive series.

· Damien Harris started at running back for the Patriots in his pro debut. Harris ran for 80 yards on 14 carries and caught four passes for 23 yards while playing half of New England’s 68 offensive snaps.

· Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower and Titans running back Derrick Henry did not play.

New Orleans Saints 19, Los Angeles Chargers 17

· Chargers running back Derrick Gore was on the field for two special-teams plays.

· Chargers defensive tackle Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals) made three tackles and shared a sack while playing 22 of Los Angeles’ 65 defensive snaps.

· Chargers long snapper Cole Mazza made four snaps.

· Damion Square started at defensive end for the Chargers. He made one tackle while playing 18 defensive snaps.

New York Giants 32, Chicago Bears 13

· Dalvin Tomlinson started at defensive end for the Giants. During his 15 defensive snaps, he registered two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

· Bears safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Eddie Jackson did not play.

New York Jets 22, Atlanta Falcons 10

· C.J. Mosley (Theodore) started at inside linebacker for the Jets. He made two tackles while playing 15 snaps.

· Jets linebacker Jamey Mosley (Theodore) registered a quarterback hit while playing 10 defensive snaps and two special-teams plays.

· Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught two passes for 28 yards, including a 27-yarder, in his preseason debut. Ridley was on the field for six snaps.

· Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) recorded one quarterback hit while playing 23 of New York’s 82 defensive snaps.

· Falcons guard James Carpenter and wide receiver Julio Jones (Foley) did not play.

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

· Jaguars cornerback Savion Smith made three tackles while playing 18 defensive snaps.

· Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (Huffman), safety Ronnie Harrison and offensive tackle Cam Robinson did not play.

Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Kansas City Chiefs 7

· Mark Barron (St. Paul’s) started at left inside linebacker for the Steelers and played 12 snaps.

· Steelers defensive end Isaiah Buggs made two tackles while playing 20 of Pittsburgh’s 74 defensive snaps.

· Chiefs wide receiver Gehrig Dieter did not play.

· Steelers center J.C. Hassenauer played three offensive snaps.

· Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones) started at middle linebacker for the Chiefs and played 15 snaps.

San Francisco 49ers 24, Denver Broncos 15

· Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson did not play.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Miami Dolphins 14

· Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake did not play.

· Minkah Fitzpatrick started at safety for the Dolphins. He made two tackles and broke up a pass while playing 42 of Miami’s 71 defensive snaps.

· Dolphins safety Maurice Smith made two tackles while playing 30 defensive snaps and 13 special-teams plays.

· O.J. Howard (Autauga Academy) started at tight end for the Buccaneers. He caught a 16-yard pass while playing eight snaps.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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