Friday, May 16, 2014
Richardson impressive on Day 1
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- It's just the first day of rookie minicamp, but one thing is clear: Wide receiver Paul Richardson is as advertised. He can flat-out fly.
It's wrong to read too much into a rookie-camp practice, but Richardson was an obvious standout. The play of the day came on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to Richardson after he ran right by Eric Pinkins, a sixth-round draft pick from San Diego State.
"Oh my god," Price said of Richardson. "That guy's a blazer. He told me to throw him the ball deep today. I saw one-on-one with him and I let it rip and he made a great play."
Richardson was Seattle's first choice of the 2014 draft, coming at No. 45 of the second round. The 6-0, 183-pound receiver from Colorado made several impressive plays in 11-on-11 drills and 7-on-7. He had one diving catch over the middle and made another tough grab in traffic on a crossing route.
"There's no question how fast he is," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Richardson, who consistently runs 4.3 40s. "He has great speed."
Carroll is pleased with what he's seen from both receivers the Seahawks drafted, Richardson and Kevin Norwood, a fourth-round pick from Alabama. Norwood also had a deep touchdown catch Friday after his defender fell down.
"The receivers really showed up," Carroll said. "They jump out at us, Kevin and Paul. They've done really well."