The Oakland Raiders have announced they’ve signed running back Trent Richardson, who was cut by the Colts last week after two disappointing seasons with the team. Richardson will report to the team after a pending physical.
The deal is set to pay Richardson $3.9 million over two years but includes incentives that can raise the deal to $4 million per year, NFL.com reports.
Richardson joins a backfield featuring the surprise Latavius Murray, Roy Helu, acquired from Washington, and Marcel Reece. Richardson has averaged 3.3 yards per carry over his career since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2012 by Cleveland. Murray is expected to be the starter this year with Jones-Drew retiring and Darren McFadden signing with Dallas. Murray was a stud the final 3 games of last season, rushing for 424 yards with a 5.2 yards per carry and 2 TD’s.
Richardson scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie but has a total of seven in the past two seasons.
The Raiders signed former Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams and former Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.
Williams, the 26th-overall pick in the 2010 draft, is an underrated run-stuffing nose tackle and was a hot commodity on the free agent market. He should slide right into the Raiders’ starting lineup alongside DT Antonio Smith, allowing Smith to push the pocket as a pass rusher. Ultimately the Raiders opted to sign Williams over Terrance Knighton.
Lofton is not the most consistent middle linebacker in the league but only three other deffensive players made more tackles in the NFL in 2014. Lofton was also the signal-caller for the Saints defense and is expected to assume those duties in Oakland. Miles Burress will likely back him up at middle linebacker.
According the BleacherReport, Jack DelRio has already accepted the head coaching position with the Oakland Raiders. Although unconfirmed, all signs are leaning toward it being announced shortly before the end of the day. DelRio joins the Raiders after spending 2 brief years as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator. In a weird twist, the Hayward, CA native, was hired by Denver after Dennis Allen left the team following the 2011 season to become the Raiders’ head coach. Del Rio, when hired in Oakland, DelRio will be replacing Allen, who was fired earlier this season.
Del Rio brings more head coaching experience to the position than anyone since Norv Turner, having amassed a near-.500 record (68-71) and leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to a pair of playoff appearances during his nine seasons as their coach. Since leaving Jacksonville in 2011, Del Rio has served as defensive coordinator under recently fired Broncos head coach John Fox. The Broncos, of course, owned a .792 winning percentage over the previous three seasons, owning the league’s fourth-best defense in terms of points allowed during Del Rio’s first season as DC. Since then, though, Denver has ranked 22nd and 16th in scoring defense the past two seasons despite five Pro Bowl selections on that side of the ball this year. He also served as interim head coach of the Broncos when Fox required open-heart surgery and missed several months during the 2013 season.
Del Rio, who initially met with Mark Davis on Jan. 4, grew up in the area, and his family is longtime Raiders season-ticket holders.
Outside of about 5 minutes in the third quarter the Raiders and Chiefs played a very close game. The obvious question is what happened in those 5 minutes (I’m glad you asked)? Aided by a Derek Carr fumble the Chiefs scored 3 touch downs. The first a 3 yard run by Knile Davis, followed by a 20 yard reception by Travis Kelce, and topped off by a 70 yard reception by Knile Davis. Those 3 drives were the difference in the game and turned what otherwise was a close contest into another Raiders blowout (final score Raiders 13 – Chiefs 31). This is the 4th game this season the Raiders have been beaten by at least 20 points. The Raiders fall to a season record of 2-12.
The Raiders leading rusher was Latavius Murray with 12 carries for 59 yards (Murray has averaged 6.5 yards per carry in this his rookie year). The Chiefs leading rusher was Jamal Charles who also received 12 carries, but earned slightly less with 53 yards on the day. Receiving leaders were Andre Holmes (Raiders) with 5 receptions for 70 yards and Knile Davis (Chiefs) also accumulating 70 yards receiving, but his being accomplished via a single
pass culminating in a touch down. The stats that most accurately reflect the outcome of the game would be the QB stats (below):
The Raiders have the Bills and Broncos remaining on their schedule, but more importantly at this point is looking ahead to the 2015 draft. The Raiders need to address their pass rushing, defensive secondary, and receiving core. Of equal importance is rebuilding team morale and bringing back a winning attitude to the organization.