Richardson will have an opportunity to earn more snaps in 2017, ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia reports.
With Tyler Lockett (leg) recovering from a fractured fibula and Jermaine Kearse coming off a season in which he produced only 5.7 yards per target, Richardson should have every chance to earn a regular spot in three-wide formations. The 2014 second-round selection was stuck with the No. 4 spot on the depth chart for much of last season, but he did come on strong in the playoffs with seven catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in two games. Lockett, if healthy, should have his place in three-wide formations locked down, but Kearse's spot appears ripe for the taking. The Seahawks used three or more receivers on approximately 68 percent of their snaps last season.
Richardson secured four of five targets for 83 yards in Saturday's 36-20 divisional-round loss to the Falcons.
Richardson made another spectacular grab in the second quarter that initially appeared to result in a 52-yard touchdown, but the play was shortened to a 33-yard gain on review after it was determined that the third-year wideout was down by contact at the Falcons' 19-yard line. Richardson was nevertheless impressive throughout the game, and his play during the late-season absence of Tyler Lockett (leg) certainly gives the Seahawks plenty of reason for optimism heading into the offseason. The 24-year-old wrapped up the 2016 season with 21 receptions (36 targets) for 288 yards and a touchdown, along with one rush for five yards.
Richardson's final stat line belies the spectacular nature of his play Saturday, as he turned in two highlight-reel catches. The first was a jaw-dropping one-handed grab in which Richardson reached around Lions DB Tavon Wilson for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. While he admittedly was guilty of yanking on Wilson's facemask while making the catch -- an infraction that was missed by the officials -- the reception was as spectacular as it was improbable. The third-year receiver then came back with another one-handed reception 27 yards downfield in the fourth quarter, a catch he made despite being interfered with by the Lions' Nevin Lawson. Richardson is clearly capable of providing the big-play dimension that was previously Tyler Lockett's (leg) domain, and his speed will likely come in handy in what should be a high-scoring battle with the Atlanta Falcons in next Saturday's divisional round playoff.
Richardson got more involved in the passing game after Tyler Lockett left with a season-ending injury to his lower leg. Richardson likely will be used in a similar role as Lockett. He has speed to get behind defensive backs on deep routes and likely will get at least five targets per outing in Week 17 and the playoffs. He's also expected to return kickoffs and perhaps punts.
Richardson (hamstring) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Packers after fully practicing Friday.
Richardson missed last weekend's blowout victory over the Panthers due to a hamstring ailment, which kept him limited earlier this week, but his full participation Friday cleared any concern over his return Sunday in Green Bay.
|P1||8/13/17||@ LAC||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ OAK||10:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/17||@ ARI||8:25 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|