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Right Combination Play: Jalen Richard Finds The End Zone

Posted Sep 14, 2016

Jalen Richard's touchdown run was made possible by myriad players; this Right Combination play is presented by State Farm.

The Oakland Raiders completed an impressive comeback, and beat the New Orleans Saints 35-34 Sunday at the Superdome.

On the shoulders of their high-powered offense, and some timely defensive stops, the Silver and Black flew back to Northern California with an impressive win under their belt.

One of the most impressive plays of the afternoon belonged to rookie running back Jalen Richard, who took his first NFL carry 75 yards to the house, when the Raiders needed a touchdown most.

His remarkable run was made possible by myriad players; this Right Combination play is presented by State Farm.

Following the run, Richard broke down the 75-yard scamper.

Pre-snap:

My first process, definitely just get it, and hit it. That was my first process. I knew the game plan coming in, so I knew what could happen on the play, and where my read was at, so I was really just focusing on my read.”

Taking the handoff from quarterback Derek Carr: 

“Right off the bat, I see the linebacker kind of jump to the left out of the hole, and then I get my eyes to my right, and I see [Jon] Feliciano’s block, and the [defensive] tackle was kind of two gapping me, and I hint him one way to make him jump, and set up Feliciano’s block a little bit more. Then I slide right in there, and the next thing I know, Kelechi [Osemele] is pile driving this guy straight towards the ground, and he kind of bumps me, and turns me sideways, and then from there, I just regain back straight ahead, and then my next three steps, I just wanted to be as hard as possible to try to get out of there.” 

Heading toward the end zone in the open field:

“For about 20 yards my head was down, but for those last 20 I was looking up at the Jumbotron, and making sure he [cornerback P.J. Williams] didn’t get me. When I saw him coming, that’s when I kind of veered to the left a little bit, it saved me some more grass, trying to make him come get me a little bit more, and that’s when I made it the end zone.”

Crossing the goal line:

“Words couldn’t express what I was feeling. It was just really crazy, humbling experience. I’m just blessed to be able to do that in front of all my family and friends. It’s crazy.”