Rico Gafford

Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver
Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver

Rico Gafford News

Signs with Green Bay

The Packers signed Gafford to a reserve/future contract Wednesday.

Analysis: Gafford spent the 2021 campaign on the Broncos' practice squad and was elevated to the active roster in Week 17, but he was a healthy scratch. After spending his first four professional seasons with the Raiders and Broncos, he'll now attempt to carve out a role in Green Bay.

Jan 26, 2022 1:59 PM EST


Sent back to practice squad

Gafford reverted to the Broncos' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Gafford was elevated to the active roster for Week 17 but wound up being a healthy scratch. He'll hope to make his seasonal debut in the last week of the regular season.

Jan 3, 2022 9:10 PM EST



Elevated for Sunday

Gafford was elevated to the Broncos' active roster from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Gafford joined Denver's practice squad in mid-September and will make his way to the active roster for the first time in 2021. He has two receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in eight games since going undrafted out of Wyoming in 2018.

Jan 1, 2022 1:12 PM EST


Joins Broncos' practice squad

Gafford was added to the Broncos' practice squad Tuesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Gafford spent time with the Cardinals and Bills during camp but failed to land a spot on a 53-man roster to begin the year. He'll attempt to carve out a role with Denver's practice squad after Kendall Hinton was elevated to the active roster Tuesday.

Sep 14, 2021 4:20 PM EST


Time up with Bills

Buffalo released Gafford on Friday.

Analysis: Gafford was claimed off waivers by the Bills on Tuesday, but his tenure with the team is already up. The 25-year-old played a reserve role in his three appearances with the Raiders last season.

Aug 27, 2021 11:37 AM EST



Claimed by Buffalo

Gafford was claimed off waivers by the Bills on Tuesday.

Analysis: Gafford was let go by the Cardinals on Monday, and he didn't make it through the waiver wire unclaimed. The 25-year-old played a handful of snaps in three games for the Raiders last season and had zero catches on two targets.

Aug 24, 2021 2:45 PM EST


Released by Arizona

The Cardinals released Gafford on Tuesday.

Analysis: After appearing in just three games with the Raiders last season, Gafford landed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals. The 25-year-old missed approximately a week and a half on the COVID-19 list early in training camp and was unable to carve out a role for himself.

Aug 24, 2021 11:54 AM EST


Activated by Arizona

Gafford was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Analysis: Gafford landed on the COVID-19 list early in camp, but he'll return to practice after missing approximately a week and a half. The 25-year-old signed a reserve/future contract with Arizona after he appeared in just three games with the Raiders last season.

Aug 9, 2021 9:21 PM EST


Lands on COVID list

Gafford (undisclosed) was placed on the COVID-19 list Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Gafford joined the Cardinals on a reserve/future contract after the 2020 campaign and will open training camp on the COVID list. Regardless of whether he tested positive for the virus, the 25-year-old will need to clear the health and safety protocols before rejoining the team.

Jul 28, 2021 9:15 PM EST


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


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