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Seahawks bring back WR Paul Richardson

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Seahawks bring back WR Paul Richardson

Seahawks bring back WR Paul Richardson

It was reported last week that wideout Paul Richardson was going to work out for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2014, Paul Richardson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2nd round. He spent his first four years of his career in Seattle before leaving for Washington. During his time in Seattle, Richardson was a viable asset for Russell Wilson. Seattle, mainly being a run-first team, likes to set up their passing game through play-action fake. Richardson, being a speedster, fit in just fine connecting with Wilson on multiple big plays down the field.

During this offseason, Seattle brought in former Patriots wide receiver, Philip Dorsett, who is expected to make an immediate impact on this team. Dorsett, who is also a speedster will provide Wilson with another downfield target. Seattle also has veteran WR Tyler Lockett and second-year WR D.K. Metcalf on the roster. But, due to a foot injury to Philip Dorsett, Coach Pete Carroll wanted some backup and so, they brought back Paul Richardson.

NFL Networks, Mike Garafolo, broke the news two days ago on twitter:

The #Seahawks have signed WR Paul Richardson, sources say. He’s back in Seattle.

Earlier in training camp, Coach Pete Carroll had mentioned that Seattle would be keeping their eyes on Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon. With Brown’s 8 game suspension being dealt, he will most likely get signed after he has served his suspension. I could see Seattle potentially being interested in signing him, but that will not be for another two months. Josh Gordon is also seeking reinstatement into the league after yet another drug violation last year. It was his fifth one and sources are unaware if he will be able to return even though the NFL has taken away its marijuana testing as a part of the new CBA.

Seahawks bring back WR Paul Richardson

Regardless of what happens later in the season with Brown and Gordon, a team can never go wrong with having solid back-ups on the roster. While I expect DK and Tyler to be the primary targets for the majority of the season, Wilson does have a tendency of spreading the ball around. With Dorsett dealing with early stages of a foot injury, Seattle played the precautionary card by bringing back a wideout who is very familiar with the system.

In Richardson’s tenure with Seattle, he put up the following numbers:

95 REC, 1,302 YDs, 8 TDs

Richardson will be walking into a situation where he will be competing for the number 3 spot on the depth chart at the WR position. With Tyler Lockett being the obvious one and DK at the two spot, David Moore, Philip Dorsett, and Paul Richardson will have to earn the number three spot. Competition amongst teammates can only lead to positive results as each player will push each other to be better and show up ready to work every day. It’s a big part of the culture that Coach Carroll has set in the Pacific Northwest.

One of the problems over the last couple years in Seattle was the lack of weaponry Wilson had in his arsenal. This year, Wilson has arguably one of the best-supporting casts he’s seen. I anticipate that the starting wideouts for the year will be Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, Paul Richardson, and David Moore. I anticipate that Greg Olsen and Will Dissly will split the majority of the tight end reps with Jacob Hollister seeing some playing time as well.

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