When healthy, rookie receiver Paul Richardson has been a consistent presence on the field the last month.
A sore shoulder held Richardson out of much of OTAs. But he’s been back for mini-camp and made one of the highlight offensive plays of today’s practice with a 57-yard touchdown grab from Russell Wilson.
He spoke to the media afterward, and below are some transcribed quotes, and then some video:
(On how he’s feeling) “Feeling good. I’m healthy, happy to be out here.”
(On how much of a setback it was for him to have to sit out of some practices after banging his shoulder at the end of rookie minicamp) “It wasn’t a setback at all. I was able to see the game from a different perspective, got a lot of mental reps and it prepared me to be ready for mandatory minicamp.”
(On the size of the DBs in Seattle and how good of a test it is for him each day) “I think it’s great for me to go against those guys. This is my rookie year, and just like my freshman year (at Colorado) where I had to go against Jimmy Smith who was 6-3 and 215 pounds. He ended up being a first-round corner. So playing against all these great defenders in the secondary is just more preparation to get them better and to get me ready for the season.”
(On the competition at practice) “I think that’s just the competitive nature that we all have. All of us are competitors; all of us like to compete at a high level. Tempers flare but it was good. It was great. After that, the tempo picked up in practice and there was more competition. Plays were made on both sides and it was good for all of us.”
(On if he has another speed when the ball is in the air) “I try to just time the ball out to make the play.”
(On how he compares the catch from this practice to the one in rookie minicamp) “They were similar. Deep balls – I feel like receivers shouldn’t be out-thrown so we’ve got to find a way, find another gear, some people say, and make the play.”
(On how different this is from college) “It’s a lot different from college because guys are stronger, guys are faster, but I think that’s part of growing up in every level of football. Guys get bigger, guys get stronger, guys get faster. So I think you have to adapt and you have to be able to make plays and I think your body is going to catch up with your mind.”
(On the DBs with Seattle being physical and if he’s getting used to that) “I think it’s good that guys put hands on us. I think it just creates more competition… I haven’t had a problem with it since I’ve been here so I think it’s real healthy.”
(On if he’s had a veteran player act as a mentor to him) “I think I’ve been leaning on all of the guys. I’ve leaned on Doug Baldwin, Phillip Bates. I asked [Sidney] Rice questions. I’ve asked as many questions as I can. Jermaine [Kearse] has been a lot of help. I ask all of the guys because they all have a different perspective and I want to get everyone’s perspective and find different ways to add to my game and my learning experience.”
(On if it’s been tough having to miss stuff in his first year) “It’s been tough just seeing people out there doing things that you think you would be able to help and add to but it’s been good on me mentally because I’ve been able to learn a lot.”
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— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) June 19, 2014