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Trent Richardson | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 230
College: Alabama
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Trent Richardson rushed five times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
T-Rich has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries (2.3 YPC). His roster odds are hanging on for dear life. Aug 23 - 12:27 AM

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Trent Richardson is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Raiders' first unofficial depth chart.

It's a generous listing for a player who's barely practiced. Latavius Murray is No. 1, with Roy Helu checking in at No. 3. Helu's spot is irrelevant, as he'll be the Raiders' third-down back. Murray is essentially locked in as the starter. T-Rich is fighting for a roster spot.
Source: raiders.com
Aug 10 - 3:05 PM

The Raiders are expected to give Trent Richardson "lots of work" in the preseason.

Recovered from a bout of "pneumonia," Richardson resumed practicing this past week and should be all systems go moving forward. He does look noticeably skinnier this year, based on photos from practice we've seen. The Raiders are treating Latavius Murray as a bellcow, and Roy Helu is currently ailing. Richardson figures to end up leading Oakland in preseason rushing attempts.
Aug 9 - 8:25 PM

Trent Richardson says he missed the first week of practice because he had pneumonia.

Coach Jack Del Rio implied Richardson's absence was weight related. It was likely a mixture of both. Back to good health and apparently on weight, Richardson is fighting for a spot on the Raiders' 53-man roster.
Aug 6 - 4:33 PM

Raiders activated RB Trent Richardson from the active/NFI list.

T-Rich had been sidelined since reporting to camp overweight last Friday. Now his drive for a roster spot can begin. Richardson is not a fantasy consideration.
Aug 6 - 1:26 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Trent Richardson is on the active/NFI list and not practicing because he reported overweight.

Or, at least over the weight threshold the Raiders set for T-Rich before training camp. "Trent is here," Del Rio said. "He came back very close to the weight, which was a pretty ambitious goal to get to. He’s down in the low 220s. That’s what we asked of him. That’s where he was." Richardson has missed the first three days of camp. He's seen as 50-50 to make the roster.
Source: Raider Beat
Aug 2 - 11:36 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50.
Aug 2 - 5:48 PM

Raiders placed RB Trent Richardson on the active/NFI list.

No explanation has been given yet, but we should get details soon. It seems likely Richardson failed to pass his conditioning test. The San Francisco Chronicle recently passed along "whispers" that the Raiders' flyer on T-Rich is "not going so well." Richardson appears to be squarely on the roster bubble.
Jul 31 - 2:20 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle passes along "whispers" that the Raiders' reclamation flyer on Trent Richardson is "not going so well."

Beat writer Vic Tafur doesn't elaborate beyond that. In early July, OL coach Mike Tice stated T-Rich shed weight this offseason, helping some of his old quickness to return. More-objective observers of Raiders practice must not have seen much from Richardson in the way of positives. Owed only $600,000 in guaranteed money on his two-year, $3.85 million deal, Richardson would be easy to cut.
Jul 30 - 1:00 AM

According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.

We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 5 - 3:37 PM

Trent Richardson's two-year contract contains just $600,000 in guaranteed money.

This is standard for lower-level free agents. The Raiders will keep Richardson through the offseason. If they don't like what they see, they'll eat the $600,000 and move on. The T-Rich signing was probably a best-case scenario for Latavius Murray' odds of winning Oakland's feature back role. It will likely discourage the Raiders from using an early draft pick at running back.
Mar 20 - 12:25 PM

Trent Richardson says the Colts' system "just didn't fit me."

"I just think it was a bad marriage," Richardson said. We'd argue anyone is a fit for a system where Andrew Luck is inviting soft fronts, but Richardson is correct that he never seemed to fully grasp OC Pep Hamilton's scheme. Still, the main problems were arguably Richardson's weight, and his poor decisions on the field. Richardson was prone to the wrong cut in Indy, a major issue for someone who's been so slow off the line. We don't have high hopes for his time in Oakland.
Mar 17 - 10:31 PM

New Raiders RB Trent Richardson's two-year deal is worth $3.9 million, with another $4.1 million available through incentives.

In other words, it's more than flier money. Unless the Raiders were facing some unknown competition for Richardson's services, it's an extremely surprising contract. Going on 25, Richardson has averaged 3.30 yards across his 614 career carries. Those are astoundingly bad numbers for any running back, let alone a former No. 3 overall pick. It will be a real shame if Richardson cuts into Latavius Murray's opportunities to establish himself as the Raiders' No. 1 back.
Mar 17 - 1:31 PM

Raiders signed RB Trent Richardson, formerly of the Colts.

Why not? Richardson is likely coming at the league minimum with little to no guaranteed money. The Raiders will give him a look-see during OTAs and see if he can make it to training camp with the club. It's a bit concerning for Latavius Murray owners that the Raiders seem hellbent on adding bodies at running back, but we wouldn't consider Richardson a real threat until he shows something on the field.
Mar 17 - 12:44 PM

The Titans are expected to "kick the tires" on free agent Trent Richardson once he clears waivers.

They won't be the only ones. Nobody is going to claim Richardson off waivers with his $3 million-plus salary, but once he clears there will likely be a handful of options. He won't command any guaranteed money and is still just 24 years old. Richardson talks a big game but has yet to back it up on the field.
Mar 13 - 11:33 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
3Christian Ponder
4Cody Fajardo
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Trent Richardson
4Michael Dyer
5Taiwan Jones
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Kris Durham
5Josh Harper
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
3Brice Butler
4Seth Roberts
5Devon Wylie
6Trindon Holliday
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Brian Leonhardt
5Gabe Holmes
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio