River Cracraft

River Cracraft

Wide Receiver #19
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 197 lb.
College:Washington State
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

River Cracraft: Grabs extension

Cracraft signed an extension with the 49ers on Friday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Cracraft started one game (nine appearances) for San Francisco in 2020, ultimately finishing the year with six receptions for 41 yards on nine targets. As context for his production, it's worth noting that the 26-year-old wasn't promoted from the practice squad until midseason. He also got involved as a punt returner during the 49ers' final two games.

February 12, 2021 1:35 PM EST

River Cracraft: Limited action in 2020

Cracraft finished the 2020 season with six receptions for 41 yards across nine contests with the 49ers.

Analysis: Cracraft began the year on San Francisco's practice squad, but quickly found himself called upon like most reserve players during this abnormal season. The Washington State product saw most of his action on special teams, so it's tough to get a good read on how he fares as an actual wideout. The 49ers may have a better read on that front, and the team's decision whether to retain the 26-year-old will reveal that. Cracraft is likely to wind up in a similar reserve role next season, whether that is with the 49ers or not.

January 27, 2021 11:09 AM EST

River Cracraft: Receives pair of targets

Cracraft caught both targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Cracraft was targeted for the first time since receiving five targets in a Week 9 loss to the Packers. He should remain in the mix with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) still out, but his opportunities will dwindle further if tight end George Kittle (foot) returns to the lineup this week.

December 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST

River Cracraft: Set to go Sunday

Cracraft (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's game at New Orleans.

Analysis: The 26-year-old received the questionable tag after practicing as a limited participant Friday, but he's ready to go for Week 10. Cracraft saw a heavy snap share last week but should fill a reserve role Sunday with Brandon Aiyuk (undisclosed), Kendrick Bourne (undisclosed) and Trent Taylor (back) also active Sunday.

November 15, 2020 12:07 PM EST

River Cracraft: Listed as questionable

Cracraft (quadriceps) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Cracraft upgraded to limited participation for Friday's practice, giving him a chance to suit up Sunday. In last week's loss to the Packers, he handled an 89 percent snap share and received five targets, but his usage is set to shrink in Week 10 if he's able to play, as Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne have both been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

November 13, 2020 2:56 PM EST

River Cracraft: Downgraded Thursday

Cracraft (quadriceps) didn't participate during Thursday's practice

Analysis: Cracraft suited up in a limited fashion during Wednesday's practice, but it's not a good sign that he was downgraded just one day later. The Washington State product was moved up the depth chart in last week's loss to the Packers with COVID-19 issues throughout the receiving corps, as he caught two of his five targets for 13 yards. With Brandon Aiyuk activated off the COVID-19 list and Trent Taylor (back) logging full practice Thursday, Cracraft could be shuffled back down the depth chart anyways for Sunday's game against the Saints, should he be healthy enough to suit up.

November 12, 2020 4:20 PM EST

River Cracraft: Dealing with quad injury

Cracraft (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cracraft played a whopping 89 percent of the snaps on offense in last week's loss to the Packers, but his Week 10 status is in jeopardy due to this quad injury. It's a positive sign that he's still able to practice, though, and his role this week depends on whether Kendrick Bourne (COVID-19 list) and Deebo Samuel (hamstring) are able to play.

November 11, 2020 4:33 PM EST

River Cracraft: Signed off practice squad

Cracraft has been promoted to the 49ers' active roster from the team's practice squad, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: During Thursday night's lopsided 34-17 defeat to Green Bay, Cracraft registered his first career start in 11 NFL appearances. The Washington State product was only able to compile two catches for 13 yards on his five targets against the Packers, but he's been added to the active roster as a depth option with the 49ers continuing to deal with a myriad of wide receiver injuries. Deebo Samuel (hamstring) is still coping with an injury despite being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list last Friday. Kendrick Bourne, meanwhile, landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, upping the urgency to add Cracraft to the 53-man roster.

November 9, 2020 5:26 PM EST

River Cracraft: Debuts as starter in TNF loss

Cracraft started and was on the field for 89 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps Thursday, finishing with two receptions (five targets) for 13 yards in a 34-17 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Cracraft was promoted from the practice squad prior to Thursday's contest after a slew of wide receivers were ruled out due to the risk of COVID-19. The 25-year-old was immediately thrust into the starting lineup, only finishing behind the quarterback and offensive linemen in terms of playing time. Cracraft wasn't able to turn the opportunity into a big fantasy day, but the fact that coach Kyle Shanahan deployed him as a starter shows that he could be in line for opportunities if San Francisco's receiving corps is forced to miss more time down the road. Regular starters Kendrick Bourne and Brandon Aiyuk turned in negative results for COVID-19 after the initial scare, so Cracraft may shoot back down the depth chart heading into Week 10's matchup against the Saints.

November 6, 2020 2:25 PM EST

River Cracraft: Suiting up for Niners on Thursday

The 49ers elevated Cracraft from their practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cracraft and Kevin White will be joining San Francisco as designated replacements for fellow receivers Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, all of whom were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list a day earlier. Those three absences leave Trent Taylor and Richie James (ankle) as the only other wideouts on the 49ers' 53-man roster, and James, who is listed as questionable, isn't considered a lock to play. Regardless of James' status, both Cracraft and White look poised to see a fair amount of snaps at receiver out of necessity.

November 5, 2020 2:11 PM EST

River Cracraft: Bumped back to practice squad

Cracraft reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday after being active for Sunday's 37-27 loss to Seattle, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Cracraft notched 14 special-teams snaps during the divisional defeat, collecting one tackle while operating on kickoff coverage. A Week 8 appearance marked Cracraft's first for San Francisco, after he suited up for nine total contests between 2018 and 2019 as a member of the Broncos.

November 2, 2020 6:10 PM EST

River Cracraft: Elevates from practice squad

The 49ers elevated Cracraft to the active roster Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Cracraft is expected to make his 49ers debut Sunday against the Seahawks. The team needs depth at wide receiver because Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and Richie James (ankle) have been ruled out, so Cracraft will operate as the No. 5 wide receiver. He could also return kicks if necessary.

October 31, 2020 3:13 PM EST

River Cracraft: Let go by 49ers

Cracraft was released by the 49ers on Saturday.

Analysis: Cracraft was one of four wideouts to be released over the weekend, as the 49ers decided to keep six receivers on the active roster. The NFL journeyman has a couple seasons worth of experience in the league, which could help him latch on to a new team if the opportunity becomes available.

September 8, 2020 9:03 PM EST

River Cracraft: Latches on with 49ers

San Francisco signed Cracraft to a contract Thursday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Cracraft will get a shot to earn a depth role for the 49ers, with Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) both nursing injuries and not guaranteed for Week 1. The 25-year-old contributed as a return man for the Broncos back in 2018, so his versatility could come into play in San Francisco.

August 27, 2020 5:34 PM EST

River Cracraft: Let go by Philadelphia

The Eagles waived Cracraft on Thursday.

Analysis: Cracraft concluded the 2019 season on Philadelphia's practice squad, and he also appeared in nine games with the Broncos from 2018-19, during which span he primary contributed as a return man. The 25-year-old is now free to search for an opportunity with another organization.

April 30, 2020 3:47 PM EST

River Cracraft: Latches on with Eagles

Cracraft signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on Monday.

Analysis: Cracraft signed with Philadelphia's practice squad two weeks ago, and he made enough of an impression to be brought along as the Eagles gear up for the 2020 season. The 25-year-old receiver played six games with the Broncos over the past two seasons, and his main contributions came in the return game.

January 6, 2020 1:09 PM EST

River Cracraft: Signed to Eagles' practice squad

Cracraft was signed to Philadelphia's practice squad.

Analysis: Cracraft was last seen with the Broncos, playing five offensive snaps in Week 2 and adding 13 on special teams. His lone career catch came during his eight games with Denver the previous season.

December 24, 2019 11:36 AM EST

River Cracraft: Cut by Broncos

Cracraft was waived by Denver on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cracraft spent the last two seasons with Denver, appearing in eight games but only seeing 151 total snaps (122 on special teams). The 24-year-old provided depth to the Broncos' receiving corps when on the active roster and could be a candidate for the practice squad again if he clears waivers.

September 24, 2019 9:28 AM EST

River Cracraft: Rises to active roster

Cracraft signed a contract with the Broncos on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cracraft spent the offseason with Denver but was cut before Week 1. His return to the squad will add depth to the receivers, and he'll likely work on special teams, occasionally as a return man.

September 11, 2019 9:11 AM EST

River Cracraft: Let go by Denver

The Broncos waived Cracraft on Sunday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: After the team claimed fellow wide receiver and return man Dionte Spencer off waivers Sunday, Cracraft became expendable. Cracraft isn't the flashiest player, but he can add depth to a receiver depth chart and return skills to a team in need. He's likely a candidate for a practice squad spot should he go unclaimed on waivers.

September 1, 2019 11:24 AM EST

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