Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson didn’t sleep during his bye week and is not sleeping on the Seahawks this season.
Richardson, who filled in when wide receiver Tyler Lockett was injured at the end of the 2016 season, has blossomed into his role as the Seahawks No. 2 wideout this year.
The fourth year receiver suffered injuries during his first two seasons with Seattle. But Richardson has since found his niche in the Seahawks offense and veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin has noticed.
"When he came in, he was weirdly mature for his age," Baldwin recalled of Richardson’s first years. "I don’t know if that is weird, but he came in as a different rookie. Very mature, very thoughtful. I think for him, it was a series of unfortunate injuries that he had to deal with and now he is able to demonstrate his full ability as a wide receiver in our offense.
"I think that is more so what has changed is that his opportunities are there because he hasn’t had to deal with the serious injuries."
Richardson caught three of five targets for 35 yards in the 16-10 win over the Rams in Week 5. But his first four weeks really stood out, as the 25-year-old receiver caught at least 59 yards or scored a touchdown in each of the contests.
Richardson has certainly cemented his role in the wide receiver group this season and is on pace to have his best season yet. So far, the Seahawks wideout has 14 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns throughout five games.