The Seattle Seahawks rookie mini camp is underway and one of the most intriguing things to watch for will be the battle for the few wide receiver spots available, and that competition is already blazing. One rookie receiver is already making a name for himself: Colorado’s Paul Richardson made quite an impression yesterday with a 63 yard touchdown hookup with Washington’s own Keith Price.
According to Danny O’neil of mynorthwest.com, Price was amazed at Richardson’s display:
“And halfway through his first practice as a Seahawk on Friday, Richardson flashed the kind of speed that can drop jaws and buckle knees as he ran first around and then behind the defense for what was the play of the day – a 63-yard touchdown pass from former UW quarterback Keith Price. “Oh my God,” Price said. “That guy’s a blazer…”
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 17, 2014
That story has to thrill Seahawks fans – and the hookup between Price and Richardson may be a flash of things to come for this team, but the rookie wideout heroics didn’t stop there. O’neil reported that Kevin Norwood also made a hell of a catch over the middle in the same 11-on-11 practice. In other news, the giant Winnipeg Blue Bombers pickup Chris Matthews did not participate as he’s recovering from a hamstring issue.
Even with Matthews out, the competition for wide receiver should be the best battle of this mini camp. Here’s a list of all the wide receivers who are there:
1. Paul Richardson – Colorado – 6’0″ 183 lbs.
2. Chris Matthews – Kentucky – 6’5″ 218 lbs.
3. Morrell Presley – California Univ. (PA) – 6’3″ 225 lbs.
4. Lance Ray – East Carolina – 6’0″ 208 lbs.
5. Arceto Clark – Mississippi State – 5’10” 180 lbs.
6. Kevin Norwood – Alabama – 6’2″ 199 lbs.
Seattle already has Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Jermaine Kearse, and Ricardo Lockette on the roster and although Doug Baldwin hasn’t signed yet he will be with the team in 2014. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for these six guys to make a case for themselves. Norwood may be the most NFL-ready of the group given his SEC title pedigree but Matthews and Richardson have the kind of unique athletic abilities that Pete Carroll seems to crave in his players.
If I had to guess I’d say that the Seahawks are looking to add two types of receiver to the roster: One skinny speed demon: which will likely be either Richardson, Ray or Clark, and one Megatron-sized receiver like Presley or Matthews. Norwood has the best of both worlds – size and speed – which will give him a leg up over the other five.
This week we’ll bring you more information and tape on each of these guys and will keep an eye on the competition as the offseason unfolds.