Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Las Vegas Raiders
2020 Fantasy Outlook
While Richard once again played every game for the Raiders last season, his production took a step backward as rookie Josh Jacobs assumed No. 1 duties in the backfield, and the No. 2 role was divided fairly equally between Richard and DeAndre Washington. Richard's 3.7 yards per carry, 75 total touches and 468 scrimmage yards were each career lows as the undersized back struggled to find a major role in the offense. There were positives, however, as he's largely put the fumbling issues from earlier in his career behind him, and his elusiveness and balance in the open field still made him a big-play threat as a receiver - five of his 36 receptions last season went for at least 20 yards. With Washington now out of the picture, Richard's role could grow behind Jacobs. Read Past Outlooks
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#228.4
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$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Raiders in February of 2020.
Finishes with only 261 total yards
RBLas Vegas Raiders
January 26, 2021
Richard finished 2020 with a 22/123/1 rushing line and 19/138/0 receiving line in 13 games.
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Richard didn't provide much of a return in the first season of a two-year, $7 million extension, with his role largely limited to obvious passing situations or garbage time. Even if they aren't ready to use Josh Jacobs in a three-down role, the Raiders aren't likely to bring Richard back at his scheduled $3.5 million cap hit for 2021. His return to the team likely would hinge on accepting a pay cut.
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How do Jalen Richard's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
13.6%
 
Positive Run %
95.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
60.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.4
 
Rushing TD %
4.5%
 
Touches Per Game
3.2
 
% Snaps w/Touch
21.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.25
 
% Team Air Yards
1.1%
 
% Team Targets
4.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.6%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
2017
2016
While little else went right for the Raiders offense in its first year with Jon Gruden back at the helm, Richard thrived. He more than doubled his career totals in targets, catches and receiving yards, and his 81 targets tied him for seventh among running backs with Todd Gurley and Nyheim Hines. Short but not small at 5-8, 205, Richards is capable of moving piles thanks to his low center of gravity and strong leg drive, and he also possesses outstanding elusiveness and footwork. His 4.7 YPC in 2018 was actually the lowest of his career, but 11 fumbles the last two seasons (including a few on special teams) put a dent in his argument to see more work on the ground. Richard's skills as a receiver are his bread and butter, and with rookie Josh Jacobs replacing Marshawn Lynch at the top of the Oakland depth chart, the setup isn't likely to change much. If anything, Richard could see a bit more work in his fourth NFL season if Jacobs has any trouble adjusting to the pros or struggles with a larger workload than he saw in college. The inconsistent and aging Doug Martin returns as Richard's primary competition for backup snaps.
Through the early part of 2017 while Marshawn Lynch struggled to regain his form, Richard looked like he might be headed for a big season. He ripped off 109 scrimmage yards in Week 2 against the Jets on only eight touches, and his combination of speed in open space and elite elusiveness seemed to be a great fit alongside the veteran. Lynch gradually re-asserted himself, but Richard's workload mostly suffered due to his own failings with ball security - he lost three fumbles on offense (and another five on kickoffs and punts) - and he understandably didn't get more than six touches in a game in the second half of the season. If he had the change-of-pace role to himself and learned to protect the ball better, Richard could be consistently productive in the Oakland offense, but with DeAndre Washington competing for the same snaps it's hard to see either back making more than an occasional impact, especially with the Raiders now trying to rehabilitate Doug Martin as well.
Few backs did more with less last year than Richard. The undrafted free agent set the tone for his season by rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on only three carries in Week 1, and while that ended up being his only rushing TD of the year he still finished in the top 10 in the league in yards per touch, percentage of carries he turned into gains of 15 yards or more and total return yards. Richard runs with both speed and surprising power given his smallish frame, but he may not get much opportunity to build on his successful rookie campaign. While Latavius Murray left for Minnesota in the offseason, he was replaced by Marshawn Lynch, who came out of retirement to play for his hometown team. If Beast Mode is still beastly, Richard will once again be competing for a change-of-pace role with DeAndre Washington.
Richard went undrafted out of Southern Miss, but earned an NFL contract by impressing the Raiders at their rookie minicamp. Since then, he's earned glowing reviews from team personnel throughout Oakland's offseason program as well as during the onset of training camp. However, Richard remains firmly behind Latavius Murray and DeAndre Washington on the team's RB depth chart, and faces heavy competition from the likes of veteran Taiwan Jones and George Atkinson for the teams No. 3 and No. 4 tailback jobs. Jones could have an edge on Richard due to his competence on special teams, so if it comes down to Richard vs. Atkinson, and Richard does win out, he still isn't guaranteed a roster spot since Oakland may not even carry four tailbacks on their active roster heading into the regular season. Furthermore, that very role isn't projected to handle much of a workload anyway. Bottomline, barring injury, Richard doesn't appear destined for a fantasy-relevant 2016 campaign.
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Hits COVID-19 list
RBLas Vegas Raiders
Undisclosed
December 30, 2020
The Raiders placed Richard on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
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Totals 23 yards on three touches
RBLas Vegas Raiders
December 28, 2020
Richard rushed for 19 yards on two carries and caught his only target for four yards in Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.
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Full-go at practice
RBLas Vegas Raiders
December 22, 2020
Richard (chest) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.
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Reinjured in pregame warmups
RBLas Vegas Raiders
Chest
December 18, 2020
Richard reinjured his sternum during pregame warmups Thursday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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Draws five targets in loss
RBLas Vegas Raiders
December 15, 2020
Richard rushed twice for 10 yards and caught four of five targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Colts.
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