Richard rushed for 24 yards on two carries and caught both his targets for three yards in Sunday's 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Richard picked up a key first down with a 23-yard run on third and long late in the second quarter, which ultimately set up a Josh Jacobs touchdown with less than a minute remaining before halftime as the Raiders took a three-point lead into the locker room. Richard's 2021 regular season concludes with just nine carries for 40 yards in 10 games, though he also caught 12 passes on 14 targets for 72 yards. Following the playoffs, he'll become an unrestricted free agent this offseason while Jacobs and Kenyan Drake (ankle) are projected to return to the Raiders' backfield in 2022.
Jan 11, 2022 7:01 AM EST
Richard rushed for four yards on one carry and caught his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Colts.
Analysis: Richard has totaled just four touches over the Raiders' past three contests, but he logged more than 10 offensive snaps Sunday for the first time since the team's Week 8 bye. Nonetheless, starter Josh Jacobs continues to assume the workhorse role out of the backfield as he racked up 63 rushing yards and a score on 16 carries to go along with four receptions in Indianapolis. Expect Richard's role to remain limited against the Chargers in Week 18 with Jacobs at full strength.
Jan 3, 2022 9:35 PM EST
Richard took one carry for four yards and caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Richard was outplayed by fellow backup Peyton Barber on Sunday, as Barber found the end zone on a five-yard rushing score early in the second half. Starter Josh Jacobs figures to continue seeing a majority of the touches out of the Raiders' backfield against the Colts in Week 17, however.
Dec 28, 2021 5:43 AM EST
Richard failed to record a single carry in Monday's 16-14 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Richard was a nonfactor in the Raiders' offensive attack, playing on just 11 of the team's 69 offensive snaps. Despite not recording a single carry or target, the veteran running back nearly split snaps with fellow backup running back Peyton Barber, who finished the game with 13 offensive snaps. At the moment, Richard is far off the fantasy radar, but he would likely see an increase in usage if Josh Jacobs was to suffer an injury down the stretch.
Dec 22, 2021 5:17 AM EST
Richard was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 7 and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list the next day, ultimately missing two contests. In six games this season, Richard has only logged 51 offensive snaps, rushing five times for eight yards while making eight catches for 45 yards on ten targets.
Dec 14, 2021 3:54 PM EST
Richard's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday was the result of a positive test of the virus a day earlier, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.
Analysis: Richard was ruled out just hours ahead of last Sunday's eventual 17-15 loss to Washington when the Raiders became aware of his positive test. Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in early September that the Raiders had a 100 percent vaccination rate, so if that's the case, Richard could have a chance at being available this weekend in Kansas City if he's asymptomatic for at least 48 hours and tests negative for the virus twice at least 24 hours apart. With Kenyan Drake (ankle) suffering a season-ending injury in the Week 13 loss, Richard profiles as the top change-of-pace option behind Josh Jacobs when healthy.
Dec 8, 2021 9:00 AM EST
Richard won't be available for Sunday's game against Washington after the Raiders placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Analysis: The team hasn't revealed whether Richard was deactivated due to a positive test of the virus, but given that the running back has been vocal about not accepting the vaccine, he'll be away from the team for at least five days even if he was merely deemed a close contact of an infected person. The pass-catching specialist has handled a small role in the Las Vegas backfield in 2021, most recently playing only nine snaps in the Raiders' 36-33 overtime win over Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Richard's absence will likely result in a modest bump in work for either or both of Josh Jacobs (ankle) and Kenyan Drake on passing downs.
Dec 5, 2021 6:43 AM EST
Richard played nine offensive snaps in the Raiders' 36-33 overtime win against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
Analysis: Richard was uninvolved Thursday as he went the entire contest without a single touch, while fellow running backs Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake combined for 112 rushing yards on 29 total carries to go along with a collective six targets in the passing game. Richard had been nursing a rib injury that kept him sidelined Week 11, but his role will remain limited with Jacobs and Drake at full strength.
Nov 30, 2021 2:49 AM EST
Richard (ribs) does not carry an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Richard wasn't able to suit up for this past Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but he'll be available for Thursday's game, a context that could push Peyton Barber back to the inactive list. While Richard will be in the mix for some third-down work in Week 12, he hasn't been seeing enough volume behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake to merit lineup consideration in all but the deepest of PPR formats.
Nov 24, 2021 12:28 PM EST
Richard (ribs) was limited in practice Tuesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.
Analysis: Richard was also limited in practice Monday after missing Sunday against the Bengals. The third-down back will try to continue making progress in time for Thursday against the Cowboys. If Richard's injury does not improve enough in time, Peyton Barber will likely be called upon to suit up as the Raiders' third man on the depth chart.
Nov 23, 2021 2:16 PM EST
Richard (ribs) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Richard was inactive for this past Sunday's game against the Bengals, which resulted in Peyton Barber suiting up as the Raiders' No. 3 back behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake. If Richard is able to return to action Thursday against the Cowboys, he'd be in line to reclaim his third-down role, which to date has yielded five carries for eight yards and eight catches on 10 targets for 45 yards through five games.
Nov 22, 2021 2:32 PM EST
Richard (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Analysis: With Richard unavailable, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal suggests that Kenyan Drake could see added third-down work Sunday, while working in tandem with Josh Jacobs
Nov 21, 2021 11:47 AM EST
Richard (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after practicing in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday.
Analysis: If he is able to suit up Sunday, Richard would work behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake in a modest volume change-of-pace role that limits his fantasy utility to the deepest of PPR formats.
Nov 19, 2021 2:49 PM EST
Richard (ribs) returned to practice Thursday, participating in a limited fashion, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Richard missed Wednesday's practice while nursing the injury, but his ability to practice Thursday is a good sign for his availability Sunday versus the Bengals. If he can improve to a full participant Friday, the running back will likely play in Week 11.
Nov 18, 2021 2:51 PM EST
Richard (ribs) didn't practice Wednesday, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Richard cracked his ribs during the Raiders' Week 10 loss to the Chiefs and wasn't able to return to the contest. If the 28-year-old running back isn't available for Week 11, then Peyton Barber will likely rejoin the game-day roster behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake.
Nov 17, 2021 11:54 AM EST
Richard (ribs) won't return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Richard was previously deemed questionable to return, but he has subsequently been ruled out. The Raiders already lost fullback Alec Ingold earlier in the night to what the team fears is a torn ACL. If Richard misses additional time, Peyton Barber will likely rejoin the game-day roster behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake.
Nov 14, 2021 7:52 PM EST
Richard (ribs) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Richard went down awkwardly at the end of a third-quarter kickoff return but was able to walk off the field under his own power, though he was pointing to his side. The third-string running back didn't register a carry prior to the injury and caught his only target for three yards.
Nov 14, 2021 7:37 PM EST
Richard agreed to restructure his contract with the Raiders on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Richard's restructure frees up $1.06 million in cap space for the Raiders, giving the team a bit more room to maneuver. When last we saw Richard, Week 7 against the Eagles, he handled a season-high seven touches but only managed 25 scrimmage yards.
Nov 5, 2021 6:25 AM EST
Richard took four carries for eight yards and caught three of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Richard logged a season-high 16 offensive snaps as starter Josh Jacobs sustained a chest contusion, but the former averaged just 3.6 yards per touch. Jacobs isn't expected to miss additional time as the Raiders head into their Week 8 bye, so Richard's role figures to remain limited against the Giants in Week 9 as Kenyan Drake has secured primary backup duties behind Jacobs.
Oct 25, 2021 9:40 PM EST
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
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