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Jalen Richard

Jalen Richard

Running Back #30
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 207 lb.
College:Southern Mississippi
Age:26
Born:October 15, 1993
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Jalen Richard: Should have a role still

Richard should retain a pass-catching role out of the backfield, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports.

Analysis: Richard signed a two-year, $7 million contract back in February, while fellow running back DeAndre Washington departed for Kansas City. The Raiders clearly have been pleased with Richard's work on passing downs, but they also have a starter (Josh Jacobs) who has shown some receiving skill and a rookie third-round pick (Lynn Bowden) who could eventually challenge Richard. While he may be able to match last year's modest production, Richard isn't likely to approach his 2018 peak of 68 receptions for 607 yards.

June 24, 2020 6:50 AM EST

Jalen Richard: Inks two-year extension

Richard (ankle) signed a two-year contract extension with the Raiders on Wednesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Richard has spent his entire four-year NFL career in Oakland, and he's now set to remain with the Raiders as the team transitions to Las Vegas. The 26-year-old plays a valuable change-of-pace role in the Raiders' offense, and he also offers upside in the kick return game on special teams. In the event that workhorse running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder) manages to improve as a pass-catcher in his sophomore season, however, it could detract from Richard's usage out of the backfield.

February 5, 2020 12:15 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Sports walking boot

Richard was spotted wearing a walking boot Monday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It appears Richard was banged up during Sunday's season finale against the Broncos. The 26-year-old running back recorded three carries for 20 yards and caught both targets for 39 yards in the loss. No details about the nature of his injury have been revealed, but it's worth keeping an eye on since Richard will be an unrestricted free agent in March. He finished the year with 39 rushes for 145 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and 36 receptions for 323 yards.

December 30, 2019 1:21 PM EST

Jalen Richard: No. 2 role on tap Week 17

Richard is set to serve as the No. 2 running back behind DeAndre Washington in Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Broncos with Josh Jacobs (shoulder) inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Richard couldn't do much with a similar opportunity in Week 16 against the Chargers, rushing just five times for 11 yards and notching four receptions for another 18 yards. He'll get another chance Sunday against a Denver defense allowing an elevated 120.3 rushing yards per contest at home.

December 29, 2019 12:15 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Averages just 2.2 yards per carry

Richard rushed for 11 yards on five carries and caught all four of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Richard was briefly sidelined by a minor ankle injury during Sunday's tilt as well, but he returned to handle backup duties behind spot-starter DeAndre Washington while rookie Josh Jacobs (shoulder) was held out entirely. Jacobs participated in Tuesday's walkthrough, so he'll have a chance to return in Week 17 with the Raiders not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. If Jacobs remains sidelined, however, expect Washington to fill the workhorse role as Richard simply provides a change of pace.

December 24, 2019 3:41 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Back in Sunday's game

Richard, who was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury, was able to return to the contest, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: With Josh Jacobs (shoulder) out this week, Richard is handling change-of-pace duties in Oakland's backfield behind DeAndre Washington on Sunday.

December 22, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Exits game with ankle injury

Richard was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Richard's injury further taxes the depth of a Raiders backfield that is already missing Josh Jacobs (shoulder) and is being headed by DeAndre Washington on Sunday.

December 22, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Garners just three touches

Richard rushed once for 11 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Richard enjoyed a slight increase in usage during Week 14's loss to the Titans since Josh Jacobs (shoulder) was out, generating 46 yards on nine touches. However, Jacobs played against the Jaguars and rushed 24 times for 89 yards, leaving Richard and DeAndre Washington with limited utility. Whether Jacobs is able to play in Week 16 against the Chargers remains to be seen, but if Jacobs sits, Richard is likely still the No. 2 behind Washington.

December 17, 2019 11:35 AM EST

Jalen Richard: Season-high nine touches in loss

Richard rushed for 28 yards on seven carries and caught two of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Richard's Week 14 outlook was a bit more promising heading into Sunday's tilt with rookie Josh Jacobs (shoulder) sidelined, but DeAndre Washington turned out to be the primary beneficiary during Jacobs' absence. Although Richard logged a season-high nine touches, Washington compiled 53 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to go along with six receptions for 43 yards on seven targets. Washington could once again see a bulk of the workload if Jacobs remains out in Week 15 versus the Jaguars, while Richard simply appears to be a change-of-pace option.

December 10, 2019 9:53 AM EST

Jalen Richard: On tap for expanded opportunity

Richard is in line for a sharp increase in workload in Week 14 against the Titans with Josh Jacobs (shoulder) declared inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Richard should see a nice increase from the single-digit carries he's logged in every game this season with Jacobs out of action, although backfield mate DeAndre Washington will be around to share in the workload. The Raiders come into Week 14 with the seventh-highest rushing play percentage (45.5) in the league, but it remains to be seen if coach Jon Gruden will lean that heavily on the ground attack with the star rookie sitting.

December 8, 2019 12:34 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Two touches vs. Chiefs

Richard took one carry for two yards and caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Richard also amassed 60 kickoff return yards on three attempts, but he was relatively uninvolved from an offensive standpoint just one week after leading the Raiders in receiving during a similar blowout loss to the Jets. Rookie starter Josh Jacobs handled 17 carries for 104 yards, limiting Richard and fellow backup DeAndre Washington to a combined seven touches between the two.

December 2, 2019 5:16 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Leading receiver in blowout loss

Richard rushed twice for four yards and caught six of seven targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Richard saw some extra playing time with Josh Jacobs getting removed in the third quarter of the blowout loss to avoid any potential injuries to the starter. The receiving back made the most of his usage, leading the team in catches, targets and receiving yards thanks to his work on checkdowns. While Richard could get some extended opportunities if the Raiders fall behind against the Chiefs in Week 13, he remains little more than a fringe PPR play.

November 24, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Totals seven yards against Cincy

Richard caught his lone target for seven yards and ran twice for no gain in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Rookie Josh Jacobs handled 23 carries for 112 yards and also caught three passes, limiting Richard to just a trio of touches in 16 offensive snaps. Expect Jacobs to continue overshadowing Richard in Week 12 against the Jets.

November 18, 2019 7:21 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Limited to 11 snaps in London

Richard rushed for 14 yards on two carries and caught both of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Richard trailed fellow backup DeAndre Washington in touches for a fifth consecutive game, as the former has yet to be dealt the rock more than five times in a single contest this season. Meanwhile, rookie Josh Jacobs continues to shine as a viable workhorse, and he figures to remain at full strength in Week 7 against the Packers following Oakland's bye.

October 7, 2019 4:27 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Held to 18 total yards in win

Richard rushed for 17 yards on four carries and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Richard failed to get involved in the Raiders' aerial attack once again, but he also notched his lowest snap count since making an appearance on just nine offensive plays in Week 1. Rookie Josh Jacobs rebounded from a tough matchup in Minnesota by amassing 108 total yards on 19 touches against the Colts, while DeAndre Washington was dealt six carries and three targets as well. Richard is averaging only 1.5 receptions per contest through the first four weeks of the regular season.

September 30, 2019 4:09 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Catches all three targets in loss

Richard rushed for 15 yards on two carries and caught all three of his targets for 14 receiving yards in Sunday's 34-14 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Richard amassed a larger snap share than starting running back Josh Jacobs as the Raiders fell behind early, but the former managed to compile just 29 total yards on five touches. Richard, who's primarily used in passing situations out of the backfield, has averaged only two targets per game through the first three weeks of the season after racking up 68 receptions in 2018. Expect Oakland to be right around a touchdown underdog again in Week 4 at Indianapolis, which could allow Richard to see a healthy snap count for a backup based on game flow.

September 23, 2019 2:59 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Unable to capitalize on game flow

Richard rushed for three yards on two carries and caught two passes for two yards on three targets in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Richard was relatively uninvolved in the Raiders' offensive gameplan for a second consecutive week, despite the silver and black falling behind by 18 points heading into the half. Fellow backup DeAndre Washington was a bit more productive on a similarly limited snap count, compiling 35 total yards on five touches while rookie Josh Jacobs handled a majority of the work out of the backfield once again. Jacobs picked up a groin injury, however, so Richard could see an uptick in reps with the first-team unit if the former were to miss any time.

September 16, 2019 4:04 PM EST

Jalen Richard: Phased out in Week 1

Richard gained three yards on his only carry, and did not record a catch during Monday's 24-16 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: For those hoping that Richard could salvage value in deeper leagues because of pass-catching upside, Monday night's result was alarming to say the least. Rookie Josh Jacobs utterly dominated the running back workload against Denver, seizing 24 of the position group's 27 touches after Richard had seven games with at least nine touches in 2018. Oakland's Week 2 opponent would offer an encouraging matchup for Richard's playing style if he were to see an unexpected spike in involvement, as Kansas City allowed the eighth-most running back receptions last year.

September 10, 2019 12:23 AM EST

Jalen Richard: Change of pace role on tap

Richard is listed behind Josh Jacobs and Doug Martin on the Raiders' posted depth chart.

Analysis: Jacobs and Martin are slated to handle the bulk of the Raiders' early-down work, but Richard -- who logged just 55 carries for 259 yards and TD in 16 games in 2018 -- remains entrenched as the team's top pass-catching back. He made some noise in PRR leagues last season, by hauling in 68 of his 81 targets for 607 yards.

August 8, 2019 10:42 AM EST

Jalen Richard: Gets competition from draft

Oakland drafted Josh Jacobs at No. 24 overall to join Richard and Isaiah Crowell in the backfield, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The use of a second-round tender earlier this offseason confirms the Raiders value Richard, who broke out as a pass catcher in 2018 with 68 receptions for 607 yards on 81 targets (7.5 YPT). His efficient work should lock him in for passing downs early in 2019, but Jacobs could push for some of those snaps throughout the season, as he posted a 20-247-3 receiving line his final year at Alabama. The rookie heads to Oakland boasting a strong reputation for both pass blocking and pass catching, with an unusually balanced skill set for a 220-pound, 21-year-old running back.

April 26, 2019 12:27 PM EST

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