Jalen Richard

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #30
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #30
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Jalen Richard News

Two touches in Denver

Richard caught his only target for three yards during Sunday's 34-24 win over the Broncos, but he was unable to gain any yardage on his lone carry.

Analysis: Richard was on the field for just eight offensive snaps, while fellow backup Kenyan Drake produced 73 total yards on six touches and found the end zone twice despite his own limited playing time. Richard's lack of involvement figures to continue in Week 7 against Philadelphia, as starter Josh Jacobs remains the workhorse out of the backfield.

Oct 18, 2021 9:36 AM EST

Makes season debut

Richard caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Richard, who was activated from injured reserve ahead of the Week 5 tilt, played 10 snaps in his season debut. Fellow backup Kenyan Drake also saw his offensive snap share fall below the 20-percent mark, while starter Josh Jacobs was featured with 15 carries for 48 yards and a score to go along with four receptions for 19 yards on five targets. It'll be tough for Richard to carve out a larger role when both Jacobs and Drake are healthy.

Oct 11, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Activated ahead of Week 5

Richard (foot) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Richard suffered a foot injury in early August that left him sidelined to begin the regular season, but he returned to practice this week. The 27-year-old will serve as depth in the backfield behind Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber (toe).

Oct 9, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Cleared for practice

The Raiders designated Richard (foot) to return from injured reserve Thursday, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Richard is set to resume practicing Thursday, triggering a 21-day window in which the Raiders can evaluate the running back for activation from IR. The pass-catching specialist is eligible to play as soon as Monday against the Chargers, though it's unclear if three practices will be enough for the Las Vegas coaching staff to be comfortable with his health and conditioning coming off the foot injury. Meanwhile, No. 1 back Josh Jacobs (ankle) has missed the past two games and has yet to resume practicing fully, leaving Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber as the only healthy backs currently on the roster.

Sep 30, 2021 11:13 AM EST

Expected to practice this week

Richard (foot) is expected to practice this week, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Richard was placed on IR ahead of the regular season, but he is eligible to return this week. The Raiders recently released Trey Ragas, who had been acting as the emergency back behind Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber while Josh Jacobs (ankle) was sidelined, which could bode well for Richard's status for Week 4.

Sep 27, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Sheds cast

Richard (foot) recently has his cast removed, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Richard was placed on injured reserve with the foot injury Sept. 2 and is now out of the cast two weeks later. The 27-year-old will be eligible to return following Week 3, though it's unclear if he's expected to be fully healthy by that point.

Sep 16, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Lands on IR

Richard (leg) has been placed on IR by the Raiders.

Analysis: With Richard now on IR and slated to miss at least three games to start the coming season, the Raiders will need to add backfield depth behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake. Internal options include practice squadders B.J. Emmons and Trey Ragas, while the team could also choose to bring in help from elsewhere, with the NFL currently in the midst of league-wide roster shuffling.

Sep 2, 2021 3:14 PM EST

Earns roster spot despite injury

The Raiders kept Richard (leg) on their initial 53-man roster despite the fact that coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday that he will be "out for a little longer", Levi Edwards of Raiders.com reports.

Analysis: It's not clear if Gruden's comments imply that Richard is in jeopardy of missing Week 1, or that he will just be sidelined for a few practices leading up to the regular-season opener. Either way, The Raiders will likely look to add depth to their running back corps via their practice squad as they only have Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake on their active roster.

Sep 1, 2021 7:38 AM EST

Out with foot injury

Richard sustained a foot injury and will be out indefinitely, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Richard missed the first few days of training camp on the COVID-19 list and now figures to be out for a longer period of time. He was already in a tough spot, with his role on passing downs in danger after the Raiders signed Kenyan Drake this offseason.

Aug 5, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Joins practice

Richard returned to practice Monday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Given Richard's wealth of NFL experience and familiarity with Jon Gruden's offense, a short stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list at the start of training camp shouldn't really matter. The bigger issue is offseason acquisition Kenyan Drake, whose presence could leave Richard without a well-defined role on passing downs. That makes him a candidate to be cut or traded, though Gruden does seem to be a fan of Richard overall.

Aug 2, 2021 8:21 AM EST

Placed on COVID list

Richard has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow pass-catching back Theo Riddick, while newcomer Kenyan Drake (undisclosed) has landed on the Non-Football Injury list. Its unclear how long the trio will be out, but for now the Raiders' backfield depth has taken a hit a during the early stages of training camp.

Jul 28, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Finishes with only 261 total yards

Richard finished 2020 with a 22/123/1 rushing line and 19/138/0 receiving line in 13 games.

Analysis: Richard didn't provide much of a return in the first season of a two-year, $7 million extension, with his role largely limited to obvious passing situations or garbage time. Even if they aren't ready to use Josh Jacobs in a three-down role, the Raiders aren't likely to bring Richard back at his scheduled $3.5 million cap hit for 2021. His return to the team likely would hinge on accepting a pay cut.

Jan 26, 2021 8:23 AM EST

Hits COVID-19 list

The Raiders placed Richard (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Richard's placement on the COVID-19 list is an indication that he's either tested positive for the virus or been termed a close contact with someone who has. Theo Riddick will stand to work as Las Vegas' No. 3 running back if Richard is ineligible to play Sunday in Denver.

Dec 30, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Totals 23 yards on three touches

Richard rushed for 19 yards on two carries and caught his only target for four yards in Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Despite being dealt only three touches, Richard managed to produce more total yards than fellow backup running back Devontae Booker on Saturday. The duo is slated to continue providing depth behind starter Josh Jacobs in Week 17, but Richard could see a couple more opportunities with the Raiders officially removed from playoff contention.

Dec 28, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Full-go at practice

Richard (chest) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Richard reinjured his sternum before last Thursday's loss to the Chargers. He played through the injury but logged just 10 total snaps. With a full-speed practice to start the week, Richard should be 100 percent for a Week 16 matchup against the Dolphins.

Dec 22, 2020 6:15 PM EST

Reinjured in pregame warmups

Richard reinjured his sternum during pregame warmups Thursday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Richard still managed to suit up against the Chargers and draw five targets, but his injury paved the way for Theo Riddick to handle a slight uptick in snaps. The trusty change-of-pace man will benefit from a few extra days of rest before the Raiders face the Dolphins on Dec. 26.

Dec 18, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Draws five targets in loss

Richard rushed twice for 10 yards and caught four of five targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Despite the return of starting running back Josh Jacobs (ankle), Richard managed to match his season high of four receptions as the Colts' lead grew throughout the second half. Richard has logged more than 20 offensive snaps in back-to-back contests, but his role figures to once again be game-script dependent on Thursday Night Football against the Chargers this week.

Dec 15, 2020 7:55 AM EST

No. 2 role translates to five touches

Richard rushed for 11 yards on four carries and caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Richard handled primary backup duties at running back with Josh Jacobs (ankle) sidelined, but the former was dealt just five touches in 32 offensive snaps Sunday. Fill-in starter Devontae Booker couldn't get much going either with 51 total yards on 17 touches, but he figures to remain the No. 1 option in Week 14 against the Colts if Jacobs is forced to miss another contest.

Dec 8, 2020 5:17 AM EST

Could factor into Week 13 game plan

Richard, who has missed the last two games, may play a bigger role than normal Sunday versus the Jets with Josh Jacobs (ankle) ruled out, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Richard was sidelined of late due to a chest injury and illness, but he's poised to help fill in with Jacobs on the pine. Still, Devontae Booker is expected to lead the Raiders backfield, so Richard could merely see a little extra volume as a pass catcher. On the campaign, Richard has hauled in 12 of 15 targets for 90 yards while averaging 5.9 YPC on his 14 rushes.

Dec 4, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Back to work Wednesday

Richard (illness/chest) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Richard missed last week's loss to the Falcons with an illness, but as evidenced by this news, he appears on track to return in Week 13. Now healthy, Richard will likely assume his usual kick return role, as well as working as a change-of-pace back behind Josh Jacobs (ankle) and Devontae Booker for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Dec 2, 2020 5:32 PM EST

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