Packers' Josh Jacobs signing looks even better after comments by Raiders head coach

Green Bay Packers, Josh Jacobs
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Josh Jacobs needs no introduction. The Green Bay Packers know they are getting one of the league's premier running backs.

A little over a year ago, Jacobs was the NFL rushing champion after putting up 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. If he can reach a level even close to that, Green Bay's offense will become one of the league's best.

"He's a very proven back. He runs with a lot of violence, explosiveness," said Packers GM Brian Gutekunst. "He's really a guy that can flourish in all phases, as a runner, as a blocker, and certainly as a pass catcher."

The Packers are excited, as they should be. What's even more notable is the reaction of Las Vegas Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce, which tells us exactly how great of a signing this was for Green Bay.

Raiders coach 'hurt' after Josh Jacobs signs with Packers

Pierce gave an honest answer when asked about Jacobs' departure. He called Jacobs "the heartbeat" of their team, adding that it "hurt" when he left.

That tells us a lot about Jacobs and what he can bring to the Packers' locker room.

Coincidentally, Gutekunst previously referred to Aaron Jones as the Packers' "heartbeat." Now, Jacobs has the task of replacing Jones in Green Bay.

It won't be easy. Not only was Jones an outstanding player during his seven seasons with the Packers, but his leadership was crucial. Jacobs can take on that role—he was a team captain for the Raiders. He's only 26 but is already one of the most experienced players in Green Bay's offense.

Jacobs is a star. A former first-team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler, he can help the Packers' offense reach new heights in 2024. Hearing Pierce's comments highlights just how big of a signing this was for Green Bay.

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