Seahawks: Paul Richardson ready for a big year
By David Stobbe
Paul Richardson has only played one game since his rookie season, but if he can stay healthy this year he will be making a lot of impact plays for the Seahawks’ offense.
Richardson is going into his third season as an NFL player, and the hope is that this season will be the year that he starts living up to his potential. His rookie season, back in 2014, was a good year, as he had 271 yards and 29 receptions. But since his ACL injury during the Seahawks’ playoff run he hasn’t seen the field much.
Paul Richardson came back from his injury during week 10 of last season and made a nice 40-yard reception, but unfortunately suffered a bad hamstring injury during that play. He was put on injured reserve shortly after that game and Seahawks’ fans were only left with a snippet of what he is capable of.
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Fans should have hope for Richardson this season, though, as he is healthy and has Russell Wilson throwing to him, who is coming off his best season yet. Richardson’s speed is virtually impossible to cover, and during the final stretch of the 2014 regular season he became one of Wilson’s favorite targets. He can stretch the field with his speed, which will also open up room for Graham, Baldwin, Lockett, and Kearse.
The Seahawks drafted Richardson in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL draft and they are still expecting big things from him, but he needs to start contributing now. There are other wide receivers that will be gunning for his spot on the team, such as Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams, and Kenny Lawler, but the competition should bring out the best in Paul Richardson.
We all know Russell Wilson loves throwing the deep ball and Richardson has the speed to make big catches down the field. He is a deep threat, but also has really good hands to catch everything that comes his way. He has been working out with Russell Wilson this offseason, continuing to build their connection, which is a great sight to see for Seahawks’ fans.
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Now that OTAs have begun and training camp will be here before we know it, Richardson is a player that you need to keep an eye on. If he can come to camp focused and in the best shape of his life ready to have a big year, then we are all in for a treat. A lot of people have forgotten about Paul Richardson, but by the time this season is over the hope is that everyone will buzzing about his contribution to the team.