With the Redskins taking off for training camp later this month, Redskins.com will take a deeper look at the new faces of the organization and what we've learned regarding their football and life background.
Today the focus is shifted towards fifth-year receiver Paul Richardson Jr.
1. His father played in the NFL.
Richardson came into the NFL wanting to follow in his father's footsteps, who had a two-year stint in professional football. After going undrafted in the 1992 NFL Draft, Richardson Sr. signed with the Los Angeles Raiders as a free agent.
The former UCLA wide receiver was eventually traded to the Green Bay Packers and signed with the New York Jets the following year. Richardson Sr. finished his career with professional football with the Philadelphia Eagles, being a valuable practice squad member and was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 18, 1994.
2. He had a career-best with Seattle in 2017.
The 2012 45th-overall pick's most productive season from a statistical standpoint came during his final season in Seattle in 2017. Richardson had 703 receiving yards with 44 receptions and scored six touchdowns in 2017, ranking second on the team in receiving.
The former Seahawks' receiver had a season-high of 105 receiving yards with two touchdowns in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. In addition to being productive with clutch catches obtaining 33 first downs, Richardson combined for 1,302 receiving yards in 47 career games with Seattle.
"They had a lot of different formations and concepts out there," Richardson said. "[Quarterback] Russell [Wilson] was just put in position where he had to make plays improvising. When he's making plays to keep plays alive in the backfield, we had to make plays and get open, and that's how the big plays usually happened.
"We don't necessarily [have a] game plan or script scrambles, but you prepare for it. We had actual plays out there that we were running, so then the scramble drill is just the play extending."
3. He set records at Colorado.
Even though Richardson initially signed to play college football with UCLA, he had a stellar career at the University of Colorado. During his time with the Buffaloes, the six-foot wide receiver set a school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,201.
His nine 100-yard games rank third in school and he set or tied 44 school marks during his three-year career. Richardson left Boulder ranking third in school history in catches (156), fifth in receiving yards (2,412) and second in touchdown receptions (21). Additionally, he holds the school record for more 200-yard receiving performances (three).
4. He has the experience of being on a team that's made a deep playoff run.
Richardson made an immediate impact during his rookie season in Seattle 2012, contributing to their run to their second straight Super Bowl appearance. Playing in 15 regular season games, the former first-team All-Pac-12 receiver came down with 29 receptions for 271 yards that helped the Seahawks to an NFC West title.
Richardson made his first playoff appearance when he came down with a reception for 21 yards in the divisional round against Carolina. Although he tore his ACL later that game, his performance during the regular season gave Seattle home field advantage in the playoffs that allowed them to earn another Super Bowl appearance before falling to the New England Patriots.
5. He ranked in the Top 50 in the free agency list.
After his career-best season with Seattle last year, NFL teams had their eyes on Richardson. According to NFL.com, the Los Angeles native was ranked 46th in the NFL's top 101 free agents this past offseason and was the fourth best wide receiver available during that time.
While other teams offered intriguing contracts, the Redskins' desire and want for Richardson ultimately was his deciding factor.
He signed a reported five-year deal with Washington on March 15.
"Let me tell you when defenses know you don't have speed, they all come up and just cover you up, make you throw the ball underneath and keep the offense guessing. Now you have to respect Paul Richardson, and when [Jordan Reed] comes back healthy, they have to respect those guys and I think it's going to help open it up – even open the running game up – so that's better because now you can't come up and drive the line," Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams said
6. He's familiar with the Redskins' defense.
While Richardson has had to spend the offseason adjusting to a new offensive system, he is going against familiar opponents that are now his teammates. During his college days, Richardson went up against cornerback Fabian Moreau.
"I remember that game in the back of my head," Moreau said. "I did alright. That was my first year starting, first year at corner really. To go against him, I did good. I held my own. He made a couple of plays on me."
Richardson also matched up against Josh Norman and D.J. Swearinger Sr. last season when Seattle hosted Washington in Week 9.
The intensity that was present in last year's game carried over into offseason workouts. While Richardson said that the barking back and forth has made the practices game-like, the veterans have embraced him being a part of the team and have been doing whatever they can to help him adjust to the system.
"I've had fun working the guys," Richardson said. "One thing I learned as soon as I get here was nobody has a big ego. So it's easy for us to learn from one another. It's crazy, like what I've what learned over the years from my high school coaches to college. To be able to come here and just be able to open your eyes to certain stuff and then they're helping me learn the offense. They're showing me how to run routes here, and where the timing is. I think it's good. It's not like that everywhere."
7. He's a deep-ball receiver.
Richardson's game thrives when the deep ball is thrown his way. He was second on Seattle last season in receptions over 20 yards with 13.
The Redskins have used the 26-year-old in a similar capacity during offseason workouts, with quarterback Alex Smith finding success connecting to him in that area. Richardson welcomes the role of being used for lengthy passes, knowing that's how he separates his game from others.
"I like to run around and make plays," Richardson said. "I like attacking the ball in the air and I think that these coaches have been doing a good job of putting me in those positions. Seeing what I can do, I think they've been pleased."