Rico Gafford

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #10
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #10

Rico Gafford News

Secures future contract

Gafford signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals, Bob McManaman reports.

Analysis: After spending time with the Raiders, Gafford is heading to Arizona in the 2021 season. The receiver has seen just two targets throughout three games and did not catch a single reception this season.

Jan 6, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Sticking in Vegas

Gafford signed to the Raiders' practice squad Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was waived by the Raiders over the weekend, but he'll remain in the organization on the practice squad after going unclaimed on waivers. Gafford went without a catch in three games over the first nine weeks of the season.

Nov 10, 2020 3:00 PM EST

Let go by Raiders

The Raiders waived Gafford on Saturday, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Gafford has only suited up in three games with the Raiders this season. He failed to haul in either of his two targets, and he recorded just 12 yards on his only kick return. If the 24-year-old clears waivers, he's a solid candidate for the Raiders' practice squad.

Nov 7, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Suiting up in KC

Gafford (hamstring) is active Week 5 against Kansas City.

Analysis: Gafford made progress on the practice field this week, and it will ultimately be enough to see an active status for just the second time this season. Like his last opportunity, however, Gafford is still likely on to see work primarily on special teams. Even though Bryan Edwards (ankle) is inactive, top option Henry Ruggs (knee) is back, with Hunter Renfrow, Nelson Agholor and Zay Jones all likely to see offensive snaps ahead of Gafford.

Oct 11, 2020 8:43 AM EST

Considered questionable

The Raiders have listed Gafford (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Gafford went from a limited workload at practice earlier in the week to full participation Friday, so he is seemingly trending in the right direction. Still, his status will depend on how his hamstring is feeling closer to kickoff.

Oct 9, 2020 8:21 PM EST

Sitting as expected

Gafford (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was considered doubtful due to the hamstring issue, so it's no surprise he won't be available Week 4. Zay Jones and Keelan Doss will be the depth options at wide receiver with Henry Ruggs (hamstring) and Bryan Edwards (ankle) inactive.

Oct 4, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Carries doubtful tag

Gafford (hamstring) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game versus the Bills, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gafford missed every practice this week, so he'll likely watch from the sidelines Sunday. With Bryan Edwards (ankle) already ruled out and Henry Ruggs (hamstring) also doubtful, Hunter Renfrow, Nelson Agholor and Zay Jones will be the top-three wide receivers Sunday.

Oct 2, 2020 5:31 PM EST

Misses practice Wednesday

Gafford (hamstring) was a non-participant during Wednesday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gafford suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, and as evidenced by this news, it appears the issue could be serious. Expect Thursday's practice to paint a clearer picture of his chances to suit up for next week's game against the Bills, but if he can't go, look for more depth snaps out of Nelson Agholor and Zay Jones.

Sep 30, 2020 3:37 PM EST

Gets hurt Sunday

Gafford suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's game against New England and didn't return.

Analysis: Gafford suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter, so he failed to return to the game. His practice status Tuesday and Wednesday will paint a clearer picture on his chances to suit up for next week's game against the Bills.

Sep 27, 2020 1:28 PM EST

Seven offensive snaps in finale

Gafford caught his only target for 17 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chargers, finishing his 2019 season with two catches for 66 yards and a score in four games.

Analysis: Gafford earned a promotion to the Raiders' active roster for the team's final four games of the regular season, while his stint was highlighted by a 49-yard touchdown reception in Week 14 against the Titans. Gafford never logged more than 14 offensive snaps in a single contest, however, and his roster spot won't be promised in 2020 despite relatively weak competition at wide receiver behind Tyrell Williams (foot) and Hunter Renfrow.

Jan 6, 2020 8:05 AM EST

Earns start at receiver

Gafford caught his lone target for a 49-yard touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Gafford, who was just promoted to the Raiders' active roster in late November, somewhat surprisingly drew the start at wide receiver across from Tyrell Williams with Hunter Renfrow (ribs) still sidelined. Gafford logged only 12 offensive snaps, but caught the first touchdown of his young career on a 49-yard connection with quarterback Derek Carr. A return for Renfrow is more likely in Week 15 against the Jaguars, but Gafford may have earned himself a handful of snaps.

Dec 10, 2019 9:59 AM EST

Joins Raiders' active roster

Gafford was promoted to Oakland's active roster Wednesday.

Analysis: Gafford joins Oakland's active roster and figures to serve as insurance in the event of an injury to one of the team's other defensive backs.

Nov 27, 2019 2:23 PM EST

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