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RB Jalen Richard - Oakland Raiders

5-8, 210Born: 10-15-1993College: Southern MississippiDrafted: ---

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Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

With the offense struggling mightily, Richard provided a spark on special teams with a long punt return into Texans territory that setup the Raiders first offensive touchdown. Richard did well to go down and snag a poorly thrown ball from Cook on a quick flare route. He had some room to run, but the poor throw took away any opportunity for yards after the catch.

2016 Week 17 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)

Richard had a quiet game and seems to have fallen slightly behind DeAndre Washington (who out-touched him 9 to 4). The Raiders will likely plan to continue to rotate all three backs through however so Richard should have a small role in the offense in the playoffs.

2016 Week 16 vs IND (6 / 66 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 1 rec)

Richard keyed a touchdown drive late in the second quarter. He had three consecutive runs that went for 12, 15 and 9 yards. He was excellent on the next drive as well, starting off with a beautiful cutback run for 19 yards. He found no room to the left and cut fully back across the grain for a big gain down the right sideline. Richard caught a 4-yard touchdown in the final seconds before halftime. He ran a quick outside screen from the slot and the Raiders outside receivers blocked well to free up space for Richard to get into the end zone.

2016 Week 15 vs SD (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)

Richard played well and continues to run as the second back for the Raiders, playing eight more snaps than Washington. He showed a nice burst at the second level, breaking off a 23 yard run. Richard caught all but one target, but wasn't on the same page with Carr on a key 3rd down play in the red zone. Richard cut one way while Carr through the other and the Raiders had to settle for a field goal.

2016 Week 14 vs KC (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeAndre Washington was active for the first time in three weeks, but didn't impact Richard's snaps. Richard was still the clear #2 back and ran well on his limited touches. It was a rough day for Richard in the passing game however. He was well covered by Chiefs linebackers and unable to get free in what should have been favorable matchups for the shifty back.

2016 Week 13 vs BUF (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Richard made the most of his 17 snaps and nine touches, running with impressive elusiveness and power. Bills defenders seemed unaware of how much power Richard packs in his small frame and he ran through a number of attempted arm tackles. While Richard has been running very well, he has gone back-to-back weeks without a target in the passing game.

2016 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fellow rookie DeAndre Washington was a healthy scratch this week, leaving Richard as the main man behind Latavius Murray. Richard looked elusive as ever on his carries, but there was just very little room to run against a stout Carolina front seven.

2016 Week 11 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)

The rookie back touched the ball on half of his 12 snaps. He did nothing with his rushing attempts, but made a pair of big plays as a receiver. He lined up in the slot on 3rd-and-7 from just inside the red zone. He badly beat linebacker Bernardrick McKinney on a quick slant route down the middle of the field and barreled through a defender near the goal line for the 17-yard touchdown reception. Richard also had a 29-yard reception on the final drive of the game to help Oakland run out the clock.

2016 Week 9 vs DEN (8 / 62 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Richard played a couple more snaps than DeAndre Washington (19-of-85) as the duo continues to split playing time behind Latavius Murray. Richard made a twisting catch for an 11-yard gain on the Raiders second offensive snap after the ball was deflected up into the air. He later broke off a 28-yard gain up the middle. He burst through a big hole and then put a nice move on T.J. Ward downfield to break into the open and almost take it the distance. Richard made a man miss in the hole, then squirted forward for a 10-yard gain on a carry up the middle. It was a strong overall game for Richard, who should continue to have a role in the backfield moving forward.

2016 Week 8 vs TB (5 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

His first carry of the game went for 14 yards, but was brought back due to a holding call. Richard ripped off a 20-yard gain on his second carry. He burst through a big hole and made the Safety miss at the second level.

2016 Week 6 vs KC (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Richard opened the game with a long kickoff return set the Raiders up in Chiefs territory with a short field. Made a sweet catch-and-run after being split out wide, to pick up six yards on what should have been a loss. Deked inside before making two guys miss and cutting it back outside. Richard was used as more of a third-down back and change-of-pace as Washington took the majority of the early down snaps.

2016 Week 5 vs SD (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

Richard came in on the second series and rotated the whole game with Washington and Olawale. He made a key 22-yard catch early with the Raiders facing a 2nd-and-21. Richard caught back-to-back dump off passes in the final seconds before halftime to setup a long field goal. Richard consistently gets open when lined up as a receiver. He also shows surprising power up the middle. He is every bit as good as Washington, but both players are almost identical and will continue to split touches.

2016 Week 4 vs BAL (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Richard's made a big impact came on special teams, but had a pair of ugly drops on offense. He had 138 return yards and seemed to make something happen every time he touched the ball in the kicking game. He consistently makes the first man miss on returns. His biggest play was a 47-yard punt return. He was tackled by the punter six yards short of the end zone to set up the Raiders first touchdown. Richard had a bad drop on a 3rd-and-long pass. He ran a short route over the middle and was wide open for a modest gain. The ball went through his hands, hit him right between the numbers and bounced high up into the air dangerously, before falling incomplete. Richard's two rushing attempts came on 2nd-and-long and 3rd-and-long draws against prevent defenses. His only reception also came on 3rd-and-long screen that was stopped well short of the first down. Richard suffered a second bad drop on the final drive of the game after getting open across the middle for what should have been a nice gain.

2016 Week 3 vs TEN (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Picked up an early first down on 3rd-and-long that set up the Raiders first touchdown. He lined up in the slot and ran a quick out route that left the linebacker trying to cover him in the dust. He was able to turn upfield and get 13 yards.

2016 Week 2 vs ATL (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

A questionable holding call on guard Gabe Jackson brought back a 29-yard gain by Richard. Had a week catch and run on the next play where he danced right past a would-be tackler and picked up ten yards. With the game on the line late in the 4th quarter, Richard was given the ball on 4th-and-2 from midfield. He made a nice cut, but came up a half yard short. Played one more snap (16) than DeAndre Washington in the backup role.

2016 Week 1 vs NO (3 / 84 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Richard had a fantastic 26-yard punt return called back due to holding. His shiftiness and ability to make guys miss in space is top notch and was on full display in the return game. Richard got his first career carry midway through the fourth quarter and promptly sprinted 75 yards straight up the middle for a touchdown. He broke through a big hole in the center of the line and stumbled slightly before regaining his balance and charging straight ahead untouched for the long score. On fourth-and-five with under two minutes left, Richard was able to draw a pass-interference penalty to keep the Raiders hopes alive on what ended up being the game-winning drive. Overall, it was an incredibly impressive debut for the rookie. Despite playing just 10 snaps, he made a major impact and should continue to get more opportunities moving forward. It is also noteworthy that Richard logged many of his snaps on the final crunch-time drive. For an undrafted rookie to be shown so much trust in Week 1 is an extremely positive sign.


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