Raiders release Trent Richardson

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The Oakland Raiders ended the Trent Richardson experiment, on Aug. 31. The Raiders cut the 2012 No. 3 overall draft-pick, after only three preseason games.

Thus far, Richardson was one of the more notable cuts by Oakland. He recently signed a free agency deal with $600,000 guaranteed over two seasons. Richardson’s subtraction comes as Oakland’s effort to trim their roster to 75 players by the Sept. 1 deadline, at 4:00 p.m. EST. 

Oakland was Richardson’s third team, since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, before signing a free agent deal with the Raiders during the 2015 offseason.

Richardson missed the first few weeks of training camp, but was reportedly in shape. The team hoped he would be more dynamic because he weighed closer to 220 pounds. However, Richardson concluded the preseason with 15 carries for 42 yards.

Unfortunately, Richardson’s biggest highlight with the team included a viral meme of him missing a large running lane versus the St. Louis Rams. Outside of that low-light, Richardson had uninspired runs between the tackles. His catches out of the backfield lacked any explosion, because he did not make anyone miss.

The fact that Richardson failed with the Raiders, is not a good sign for the former Alabama Crimson Tide stand-out.  The Raiders gave the 25-year-old a great opportunity for playing time. Oakland’s starter Latavius Murray has yet to start a full season. Plus, the Raiders running back committee lacks any true notability.

Now, the Raiders will rely on Roy Helu Jr. as the primary back-up behind Murray. Helu Jr. brings unique pass-catching skills, from the back-field.

Added, special teams stand-out Taiwan Jones could also bring some explosiveness. Listed as a running back, the converted-corner, Jones, posses game-changing speed.

Michael Dyer, an undrafted rookie, also hopes to make the make roster as the teams bruising running back. Reviews from camp deemed him more impressive than Richardson.

The other notable cut, on Monday, included Kenbrell Thompkins. Thompkins received solid reviews filling-in for an injured receivers Rod Streater and Andre Holmes in training camp. Thompkins signed with the Raiders mid-way through last season.

Expect the Raiders to make more cuts as the roster deadline approaches. Next week, Oakland will again trim their roster to 53-men, before they begin the regular season.

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Pete D. Camarillo only loves sports and writing. He tried combining those passions with his degree in Journalism at CSUN. He's had work published on Fansided, Endzone Score, Inquisitr, Elite Daily and several print publications. Pete also did community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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