The Redskins have added speed to their offense in the form of wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr., who recorded 44 receptions for more than 700 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.
The Washington Redskins have added another weapon for new quarterback Alex Smith in the form of wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr.
The Redskins announced on Thursday that they have signed Richardson in free agency. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Washington Redskins on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, announced the signing of wide receiver Paul Richardson. Take a look back at his NFL career.
Richardson, 25, first entered the NFL as a second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The six-foot, 193 pounder has appeared in 47 regular season games during his career, recording 95 receptions for 1,302 yards with eight touchdowns.
After spending his first three seasons in a reserve role, Richardson experienced a breakout season in 2017 as the Colorado product recorded 44 receptions for 703 yards (16 yards per reception) along with six touchdowns.
In the regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers, Richardson logged four receptions for 59 yards. Over Seattle’s next two games, Richardson recorded just four receptions for 49 yards but two of his catches went for touchdowns.
After the Seahawks’ Week 6 bye, Richardson had back-to-back career performances, first recorded two catches for 61 yards and one touchdown in a 24-7 victory over the New York Giants before tallying six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-38 victory over the Houston Texans.
Richardson’s final score of the year came against the Jacksonville Jaguars as he recorded a 61-yard touchdown.
During the 2016 season, the Los Angeles native recorded 21 receptions for 288 yards and one touchdown in 15 appearances. In five different games Richardson surpassed 30 receiving yards including a season-high 52 yards against the New England Patriots.
After recording six receptions for 29 yards in his debut season in 2014, Richardson suffered a torn ACL in Seattle’s 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He would miss a majority of the 2015 season before returning in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals to record a 40-yard reception on his first catch.
However, Richardson suffered a hamstring injury and ended the season in Injured Reserve.
Prior to his NFL career, Richardson played collegiately at Colorado, where he recorded 156 receptions for 2,412 yards and 21 touchdowns. Additionally, Richardson set school records for the most 200-yard games (three) and 100-yard games (nine).
In total, the speedster recorded 13 receptions of 50 yards or longer, one of 44 school records he either set or tied.
With Richardson’s inclusion on the roster he joins fellow wide receiver Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris. Terrelle Pryor Sr., Brian Quick and Ryan Grant, meanwhile, are all unrestricted free agents.