Richard amounted 61 yards rushing on 11 attempts, adding three catches for 32 yards during Sunday's 23-21 win against Arizona.
The third-year scatback far exceeded his previous season high in rushing yards (24), dicing up the Cardinals' bottom-five rush defense for 5.5 yards per carry. Richard and third-string back DeAndre Washington both benefited from expanded roles on the ground after starter Doug Martin suffered an ankle injury in the first half that sidelined him for the final two quarters. So long as Martin's injury doesn't affect his availability for the Week 12 game against the Ravens, Richard's future production should derive from in the passing game, as he nearly 80 percent of his yards from scrimmage this season have come as a receiver. Richard will have his work cut out for him next week while he matches up with a Baltimore defense that has allowed an NFL-low 258 receiving yards to backs in 2018.
Richard rushed three times for seven yards and added 52 more while hauling in five of his six targets in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Chargers.
Richard led the team in receptions for the second straight week, thanks once again to garbage time. The 25-year-old saw just one of his targets in the first half, but as long as the Raiders are playing from behind most weeks, he should continue to have the chance to contribute via second-half dump-off passes, and he did here. The Southern Mississippi product has at least four catches and 45 yards in each of his last five games, all blowout losses.
The game flow worked out perfectly for Richard, who excels as a passing down and change-of-pace back. He finished with the team lead in receptions and receiving yardage despite modest totals in both categories, a testament to the struggles of the Raiders offense overall. The 25-year-old now has a career-high 43 receptions on the season and figures to continue logging a consistent workload in that department, especially given how often the Raiders are likely to find themselves facing sizable deficits.
Richard rushed twice for 14 yards and caught all eight of his targets for 50 more in Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Colts.
While he didn't see an uptick in usage on the ground in the wake of Marshawn Lynch's groin injury, Richard made his presence felt in the passing game. The 1-6 Raiders figure to keep falling behind most of the time, giving Richard plenty of opportunities to add to his robust receptions total -- he's caught six or more balls five times this season. Up next for Richard and the Raiders is a Week 9 tilt with the 49ers on Thursday.
Richard could be in line for additional touches out of the Raiders' backfield after the team placed starting running back Marshawn Lynch (groin) on IR, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Richard has caught at least six passes in four of the Raiders' first six games this season, but he could be in line for additional carries behind 29-year-old Doug Martin with Lynch now sidelined. Richard has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on 11 rushing attempts, however, so expect a majority of his production to continue coming through the air. Starting wide receiver Amari Cooper's trade to Dallas should also be noted, as checkdown machine Derek Carr (arm) could be forced to rely upon Richard as a security blanket even more than before.
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