The report says there are no more excuses about not knowing the playbook or getting familiar with the team. He has had an entire offseason to learn everything, and now he can use his natural instincts when he's on the field, instead of constantly trying to remember the plays.
Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, had offseason shoulder surgery and will head into training camp as the starter, with Ahmad Bradshaw ready to take some snaps from him if he struggles.
Averaging 2.9 yards a carry, like he did last year, will get
Richardson likely will get the first shot at the starting job. He has a much better grasp of the playbook than he did in 2013 and the belief is he'll be able to run on instinct as opposed to overthinking, the report said.
Behind Richardson on the depth chart are Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, both coming off big surgeries. Richardson had a dismal 2013, averaging 3.0 yards per carry and scoring four touchdowns, but will get every chance to succeed in 2014.
"I feel way more fluid, even with the timing," said Richardson on Wednesday. "I didn't know the snap count last year until the fourth week. ... I didn't have the chance to learn 'Why are we doing this? What am I looking at this linebacker, or that linebacker on the backside?' I just had to know where I was running. I didn't know the full reasons. With the timing, it's way easier now. ... I needed this from the beginning."
Teammate Matt Hasselbeck, who saw Marshawn Lynch struggle to adapt to the Seahawks during a midseason trade years ago, said he "would definitely expect his numbers to look better this year."
"I'm feeling pretty good, it's just up to the coach on whenever I should take the jersey off," Richardson said per ESPN.
|P1||8/7/14||@ NYJ||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ CIN||7:00 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/9/14||@ HOU||8:25 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|9||11/3/14||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/7/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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