‘He is not my signing’ says Packers head-coach after the signing of fans favorite veteran

According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur stated on Tuesday that the team’s offseason signing of star running back Josh Jacobs took him off surprise.

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Jacobs was one of the most sought-after running backs in a crowded free agent class, having earned two Pro Bowl selections and one First Team All-Pro award during his five seasons with the Oakland-Las Vegas Raiders. After being drafted 24th overall by the Raiders in 2019, Jacobs has three seasons with at least 1,000 running yards, including a league-high 1,653 in 2022.

The Alabama product appeared in all 17 games two seasons ago, leading the league in touches (393), rushing yards, and yards from scrimmage (2,053). Jacobs was fifth in the AP Offensive Player of the Year vote that season.

He was limited to 13 games in 2023, recording 270 touches and career lows in running yards (805) and yards from scrimmage (1,101).

Jacobs inked a four-year, $48 million contract with the Packers on March 14, three days after the team released long-time great running back Aaron Jones.

On March 12, the former Pro Bowler and 2017 draft pick signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, their rivals.

According to Schneidman’s account on Tuesday morning, LaFleur admitted that losing Jones was “really tough.

“I think of the man as well as the football player. We’ve talked about how much he provided to our club that will probably never be reflected on the stat sheet in terms of simply being a seasoned presence in the locker room,” the coach added. “He’s always put the team first. He walks the walk and does it all. He’s just such a professional, and I believe that’s always difficult to replicate.”

While LaFleur admitted to not knowing “all the details” of the negotiations with Jacobs, he did say that the squad is “super excited” about the new arrival.

“I think the first thing that jumps out at me is his play style,” the 44-year-old explained. “He seems tough and hard-nosed. He has a tendency to speak loudly. Just analyzing him, I believe he has more potential in the passing game, particularly when used out of the backfield. He’s recorded some extremely good decision routes. That’s something we always attempt to achieve.”

 

 

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