Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Oakland Raiders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Raiders in April of 2019.
Gets competition from draft
RBOakland Raiders
April 26, 2019
Oakland drafted Josh Jacobs at No. 24 overall to join Richard and Isaiah Crowell in the backfield, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The use of a second-round tender earlier this offseason confirms the Raiders value Richard, who broke out as a pass catcher in 2018 with 68 receptions for 607 yards on 81 targets (7.5 YPT). His efficient work should lock him in for passing downs early in 2019, but Jacobs could push for some of those snaps throughout the season, as he posted a 20-247-3 receiving line his final year at Alabama. The rookie heads to Oakland boasting a strong reputation for both pass blocking and pass catching, with an unusually balanced skill set for a 220-pound, 21-year-old running back.
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How do Jalen Richard's 2018 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.
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Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Returning to Oakland
RBOakland Raiders
April 10, 2019
Richard signed his second-round tender Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Expected back on one-year deal
RBOakland Raiders
March 7, 2019
Richard is expected to return to the Raiders on a one-year deal worth $3.095 million after the team placed a second-round tender on the running back Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
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Ends 2018 campaign with 68 catches
RBOakland Raiders
January 2, 2019
Richard rushed for one yard on three carries and caught two passes on as many targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
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Puts in full practice
RBOakland Raiders
December 27, 2018
Richard (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
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Logs limited practice Wednesday
RBOakland Raiders
December 26, 2018
Richard (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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