ALAMEDA — Jalen Richard’s return to the Raiders practice field was a welcome site for offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.
“It really reminded us of what we’ve missed the last two weeks of practice with him not being there,” Musgrave said.
This isn’t a projected starter for the Raiders that he’s talking about. Rather it’s an undrafted rookie running back. That tells you what type of impression the Southern Miss product has made despite missing the first two preseason games with a minor knee injury.
“For a while he was doing something spectacular each and every day in practice,” Mustrave said of Richard. “It’s good to have him back out there.”
Tuesday was Richard’s first practice in two weeks since injuring his knee. He said he’s not sure yet if he’ll play Saturday against the Tennessee Titans but he’s feeling good.
“I definitely feel good enough to be out there as far as the intensity standpoint,” Richard said. “It’s a day-by-day thing. I don’t know if I’m playing Saturday or not, but I’ll give it another day and see how I feel.”
Coaches and fans who have heard the reports have been itching to see him play. If it doesn’t happen Saturday, he should see plenty of time in the preseason finale Sept. 1.
Richard said a large part of why he missed the past two weeks was so he could put his best foot forward when he does finally see game action and gets a chance to show what he can do.
He’s had to take the tough path in his attempt to make this roster. He came in on a rookie tryout and earned a free agent contract. Without even playing in a game, Richard’s received enough positive reviews to make his chances at the 53-man roster realistic.
“You’re really just pushing every day to make plays, just to be seen,” Richard said of his mindset as an undrafted player. “That’s the whole thing — to be seen, be seen. Let them know that every day, at the end of the day, that you can play at this level. It feels good to be back out there.”