River Cracraft

River Cracraft

Wide Receiver #19
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 197 lb.
College:Washington State
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

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

River Cracraft: Catches two passes

Cracraft caught two of three passes for nine total yards and added a five-yard punt return during Saturday's 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams.

Analysis: The most significant moment impacting Cracraft's odds of making the roster might not even have involved Cracraft. It came when rookie Kelvin McKnight muffed his lone punt-return attempt. Cracraft and McKnight have each fielded five punts this preseason, with Cracraft averaging a modest, yet team-leading, 4.4 yards per return. Cracraft isn't a flashy returner, nor is likely to make a big impact at receiver, but he's currently the safest bet to make the team as WR6 given Denver's desperate need to find stability at punt returner.

August 25, 2019 9:07 PM EST

River Cracraft: Back in full pads Sunday

Cracraft (oblique) was seen in full pads participating in individual drills during Sunday's practice, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Cracraft had been sidelined for most of the start of training camp due to an oblique injury, but was able to make a return Sunday. This is great news for the Washington State product, who has been impressing team personnel as a return man this offseason. A healthy Cracraft may not chip in on offense, but could make the team solely on his expertise in the return game heading into 2019.

August 4, 2019 8:40 AM EST

River Cracraft: Has path as returner

Cracraft is listed as the Broncos' starting punt returner and No. 2 kick returner on the team's first official depth chart.

Analysis: An oblique injury has slowed Cracraft to the point where, after some promise in spring practices, he is now buried among other unproven options on the receiver depth chart. Assuming that the Broncos keep six receivers, Cracraft could sneak onto the roster purely as a steady returner, especially if the team moves on from Devontae Booker -- the current leader in the clubhouse at kick returner.

July 29, 2019 4:53 PM EST

River Cracraft: Working out at practice

Cracraft (oblique) is working out on the side of practice Sunday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cracraft first was reported to have injured his oblique while fielding a punt but the report was later updated to indicate that he pulled it while diving for a catch at practice. He was initially ruled out for a week and his work with trainers on the side of practice is in line with that timetable.

July 21, 2019 8:51 AM EST

River Cracraft: Out at least a week

Cracraft is expected to miss "at least a week" with an oblique injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cracraft evidently picked up the injury fielding a punt late during Friday's practice. While the severity isn't known, the fact the second-year receiver is out at least a week is a bit troubling, especially considering two separate Broncos receivers retired this week potentially opening the door for Cracraft to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Juwann Winfree and Fred Brown stand to benefit the most with Cracraft's absence.

July 20, 2019 11:11 AM EST

River Cracraft: Benefits from Burbridge retirement

Cracraft's chances of making the active roster have increased with the retirement of Aaron Burbirdge, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports.

Analysis: Burbridge, already familiar with offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello's scheme from their time together with the 49ers, was reportedly a sleeper in spring practices. After battling injuries throughout his career and now taking an early retirement, the depth chart shifts. Veteran Emmanuel Sanders and promising youngsters Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick seem to be locks. Assuming the Broncos keep at least five wide outs, Cracraft seems like the most likely fifth option. The Washington State product has just one career reception -- a 44-yarder from Week 17 -- but adds value as a potential returner on special teams.

July 17, 2019 4:42 PM EST

River Cracraft: Has potential future as returner

Cracraft returned 12 punts for 40 yards and three kickoffs for 43 yards in 2018. He was not targeted until Week 17, during which he hauled in a 44-yard pass off of two targets.

Analysis: The former undrafted free agent out of Washington State sat on the practice squad for much of the season, but came up following the midseason trade of Demaryius Thomas. The fact that he wasn't targeted until Week 17 despite the amount of turnover at the position this season shows where is in the pecking order. His future role depends largely on the next staff. His experience in Washington State's Air Raid attack could prove valuable if Denver adopts more college concepts on offense. As a returner, he was a solid choice for Vance Joseph, who ran conservative on special teams, but his fit there could also change subject to the new staff.

January 3, 2019 4:33 PM EST

River Cracraft: Promoted from practice squad

The Broncos signed Cracraft off their practice squad Friday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cracraft spent time with the Broncos this offseason, working mostly on special teams. The second-year pro has a shot of making his NFL debut against the Texans this Sunday in a Denver wide receiver corps missing DaeSean Hamilton (knee), and which recently traded away Demaryius Thomas.

November 2, 2018 12:34 PM EST

River Cracraft: Rejoins Broncos' practice squad

The Broncos signed Cracraft to their practice squad Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Cracraft has spent on-and-off time with Denver's practice squad since 2017, but has yet to make his NFL debut. The second-year wideout worked primarily on special teams this offseason, including as a kick returner. Cracraft's clearest path to eventually cracking the 53-man roster is to impress on special teams, especially considering the Broncos' solid wideout depth.

September 19, 2018 11:30 AM EST

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