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In this video breakdown, I tracked all 45 of Paul Richardson's targets looking at his skill-set and route running ability to see the trends of his performance. Then, I analyzed his two games in the playoffs when he had enough snaps for me to form the general trends of this analysis.
For most of the season his role was mainly running fade routes down the sideline. These were used to vertically stretch the defense. If Russell Wilson really liked the match-up, he could attempt the throw. Beyond these attempts, however, his role was rather limited until Tyler Lockett was injured. At that point, Darrell Bevell gave him Lockett’s snaps and in this increased role it gave him more opportunities to flash his big play ability.
Overall, Richardson has good speed and it’s clear he has the ability to be a clutch receiver. However, in order to become an all-around receiving threat, he still needs to master the subtleties of route running. After three years removed from being a second round pick out of Colorado, he still has a lot to learn. This is why he struggles to gain consistent separation against defenders.
Is Paul Richardson finally going to break out next year? I think there is a good chance he’ll gain more opportunities based on his fantastic play last year, but he still needs to take the next step and hone his receiving skills.
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