Raiders release fullback Jakob Johnson

He doesn’t fit offense anymore

Las Vegas Raiders v Chicago Bears

Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler are no longer running the Las Vegas Raiders and the Patriots Way is slowly fading from the program.

Another indication of that happened Friday morning when the team released fullback Jakob Johnson.

He was brought to Las Vegas by McDaniels and Ziegler (who were both fired by Raiders’ owner Mark Davis on October 31) when they came to Las Vegas in the 2022 offseason. Johnson was with McDaniels and Ziegler in New England.

Under interim offensive coordinator Bo Hardegree, the Raiders simply have went away from using the fullback position and have had better success on the ground led by tailback Josh Jacobs.

Johnson actually has been out the past two games (since Hardegree has taken over the offense) with a concussion. He was practicing fully this week.

Johnson was playing around 25 percent of the time when he was healthy. Now, the Raiders’ offense will proceed without featuring a fullback in the offense.

Raiders To Waive FB Jakob Johnson

Firing both Josh McDaniels and OC Mick Lombardi, the Raiders made sweeping changes to their offensive staff midway through the season. Those moves will lead to one of their offensive starters hitting the waiver wire.

One of the many ex-Patriots on the Raiders’ roster, Jakob Johnson no longer fits into the team’s plan, per’s Adam Schefter, who indicates the team is cutting the veteran fullback.

Johnson confirmed the move himself. Johnson signed with Las Vegas during McDaniels’ first offseason in town and has operated as a starter at points for this year’s squad.

Johnson, 28, has signed two one-year contracts with the Raiders. He inked a deal worth $1.63MM in March. A three-game starter, Johnson has served as a package player this season.

That is standard procedure for most modern fullbacks; the Raiders had used the fifth-year veteran on 115 offensive plays.

Although interim HC Antonio Pierce has made reestablishing Josh Jacobs a priority over the past two games, the Raiders will continue their effort to do so without a fullback.

Some teams do not carry a player at this long-declining position, but McDaniels had worked with Johnson throughout his career.

The Patriots employed Johnson from 2019-21, featuring him on at least 25% of their offensive plays from 2020-21. The Tennessee alum arrived in New England as a 2019 UDFA.

Because the trade deadline has passed, Johnson’s vested-veteran status will not keep him off waivers.

Any of the 31 teams can take on his contract, which contains less than $1MM in remaining salary.

Johnson initially became available in 2022, when the Patriots did not tender him as a restricted free agent.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *