Recapping the 2020 Las Vegas Raiders: Running Backs
By Nick Bailey
Jalen Richard had a diminished role in the run game in 2020
Jalen Richard is Jalen Richard. At this point, there’s not too much to say about his role with the team because it’s well known he is the receiving back, part-time third-down back, and part-time punt returner as well.
The only issue Raider Nation has really ever had with Richard is his ball security, and he improved on that, only having one fumble during the 2020 season. Richard had a combined touch count of 41 touches, that’s rushing and receiving, so not a lot of production coming out of him this season.
I have to believe that unfortunately, Jalen’s time with the Raiders is going to come to an end sooner rather than later. The Raiders signed and stashed former Lions running back Theo Riddick to take over the role that Richard once had with the Raiders. Tough cuts will have to be made to improve this 30th ranked defense, and Riddick will be cheaper for the Raiders due to Richard’s past performances, and role.
Richard is a talented player, and his contributions to the Raiders cannot be understated.