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Raiders excited for ‘spectacular’ Richard to return

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The Raiders are excited to have back Jalen Richard after missing two weeks with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders are excited to have back Jalen Richard after missing two weeks with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • r8dercain

    Good..what you doing for the game bro?

  • r8dercain

    Go Jets

  • HELLSBELLS

    Trojans pulling the upset.

  • marks hair

    Relative. They make their money same as any other team. Las Vegas would do as well as Oakland or any other City.
    Your winning percentage is going to dictate how many seats are filled most of the time.

  • Born With a Patch

    The tarps went up because of attendance and the blackout rule, which no longer exists.
    I don’t think attendance will be an issue in Vegas. I know many people that go to Vegas regularly already that would become Raiders fans. All of a sudden everybody in LA are fans of the Rams? Where were they last season? Plenty of people will come to the dark side and it’s much cheaper for existing Raiders fans to travel to Vegas than anywhere in Cali. Besides that, it’s not like having a strong home-field advantage is a requirement for success. The Cardinals have played well recently and they don’t have one.

  • Meeting your secret visitor this weekend for some food and a beer hopefully.

  • Breaking_Black

    I’d hardly call what we have in Oakland a home field advantage.
    The fans that are there are great, but its definitely not swaying anything.

  • HELLSBELLS

    That what i said in the beginning. If we struggle place will be empty.

  • r8dercain

    Oh,you going to the game?

  • marks hair

    But no more empty than Oakland.

  • HELLSBELLS

    You win happy.

  • Maybe – didn’t want to – but now I might at least go to the parking lot

  • Cal Bears baby all the way!!!!

  • HELLSBELLS

    None of you cheap skates are going to buy a PSL in Vegas so what our you so happy about?

  • Born With a Patch

    He’s saying you cannot drink through the whole day if you miss part of it

  • r8dercain

    Oh ok…it’d be good to see you my man..

  • HELLSBELLS

    Your nuts.

  • I agree and I go to the games. Now if there were 80,000 of us

  • Be good to see you again too.

  • HELLSBELLS

    So your idead is its ok to have a half empty new stadium.

  • nolarick

    He knows. He’s a pro.

  • nolarick

    What about his nuts?

  • Born With a Patch

    Good mooonin Cain

  • Dakota

    In Oakland, during the bad times, attendance was in the 40ks.

  • marks hair

    It’s a lot better than a half empty toilet bowl old stadium.

  • r8dercain

    Hey patch…GM

  • nolarick

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA

  • nolarick

    ‘Morning!

  • Breaking_Black

    Yeah that would be ideal. But if it was realistic to do that every Sunday, there wouldn’t be so much talk about moving or even building the smallest stadium in the league.

    Like I said though, the Raider fans that actually show up to the games are awesome. Best part about going to the games in Oakland. The fans are the atmosphere. Just not enough to call it a big advantage on the field.

  • Born With a Patch

    Ya’ll are posted up on an old post

  • r8dercain

    LSU good this year?

  • nolarick

    Have one for me, gents. I’ll see Cain in three weeks, though.

  • Breaking_Black

    They were hanging out. I took care of it.

  • RaidingTexas

    Haha I hope not. Although, some of them do tweet stupid ish.

  • RaidingTexas

    I like early games, too. Means I can go out for a bike ride or something after the game ends.

  • nolarick

    Yep. Lots of returning seniors and the best running back in college football in Leonard Fournette. Now if Les Miles could just learn to recruit QBs…

    GEAUX TIGERS!

  • nolarick

    I hate to say, but if the games were in Vegas, I could get Wifey to go… Just saying…

  • Gdog

    Gronk, Chandler Jones, Chung, McCourty, Mayo, Hightower, Collins. Pretty sure all were brought in by Billichick. Without the benefit of top 5 draft picks like Weggie.

    He’s one of the best in the business.

  • nolarick

    Dirt infield = home field advantage, i.e. the old parquet in Boston Garden.

  • RaidingTexas

    Nope. The A’s leaving the O.Co space still doesn’t do a damn thing to close the Raiders stadium funding gap.

  • nolarick

    ^^^ This ^^^

  • You will like him. He is good people.

  • nolarick

    I have no doubt. I’m gonna get him schnockered.

  • hwnrdr

    This week in Australia…gotta go with Hawaii 🙂
    Good Morning 666

  • r8dercain

    We want to draft fournette or Mc Caffrey in 2017 draft..would be nice!!!

  • diff

    And mark will get 25% of what the stadium earns, not only for raiders games, but also UNLV, concerts, etc. Probably be a great place for super bowls, pro bowls, college bowl games, etc

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Not all citizens r into anything. That’s why they vote. Not all people in Oakland want the Raiders there. Pretty obvious since there’s still no deal even on the table.