The Raiders may view both Richard and DeAndre Washington as complementary backs in need of being paired with a power runner, The San Jose Mercury News reports. With Latavius Murray departing for Minnesota in free agency, there may be some thought that the Raiders are willing to let Richard and Washington handle the backfield. While it's still possible that's the case, the team probably prefers to add a bigger back through free agency or the draft. Adrian Peterson's name has been frequently mentioned, but the team might also consider a player along the lines of LeGarrette Blount, Tim Hightower or DeAngelo Williams. Richard and Washington were both efficient with their limited touches as rookies, but they struggled when asked to handle more work in Murray's absence.
Richard rushed three times for three yards and caught both of his targets for 8 yards during the Raiders' 27-14 postseason loss to the Texans on Saturday. Not only did Richard see less carries than both Latavius Murray and DeAndre Washington, he was also the least effective with his opportunities on a per-touch basis. He performed well on special teams, though, breaking off a 37-yard kickoff return at one point and averaging 19.0 yards per opportunity on punts. With Murray set to be a free agent in the offseason, Richard is now set to enter the offseason with a chance to become a bigger part of the Raiders' weekly offensive game plan in 2017.
Richard (shoulder) had three carries for three yards and caught his lone target for negative five yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Denver. Richard (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion all week, but was able to suit up Sunday, although he was unproductive, like most of his fellow offensive teammates. He's seen 6-to-10 touches in eight of the last nine games, so he'll continue to serve as a change-of-pace runner for the Raiders in the playoffs.
Richard (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Richard will remain part of the Raiders' Week 17 backfield mix, joining DeAndre Washington and Latavius Murray in a running attack that will be working behind QB Matt McGloin, in the wake of Derek Carr's injury.
Richard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against the Broncos. After practicing in a limited fashion all week, we'd expect Richard to be able to give is a go Sunday in a game with playoff seeding implications for the Raiders. He's thus on track to remain part of the team's Week 17 backfield mix, along with DeAndre Washington and Latavius Murray in an offense now helmed by QB Matt McGloin, in the wake of Derek Carr's injury.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||New York Jets||15||17.00|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||7||14.88|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
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