Paul Richardson
Paul Richardson
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Questionable
Injury Hamstring
Fri Practice: Full
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Someone has to catch passes in Washington. Assuming Richardson can return from multiple fractures to his right clavicle - he had surgery in November with a recovery time of 6-8 months - he's probably the top candidate. The team's first-round pick from 2016, Josh Doctson, is still around, but the Redskins declined the fifth-year option on his contract and didn't address receiver depth in the draft until the third round (Terry McLaurin). Moreover, Richardson signed a five-year, $40 million contract in March 2018, so if he's healthy, we'd expect the Redskins to use him. At 6-0, 170, Richardson is slight but fast (4.40 40), and he was able to make some big plays given modest opportunities in Seattle. Last year with the Redskins, Richardson saw either five or six targets in six of seven weeks before shutting things down, i.e., he was on pace for roughly an 80-target workload. With Jamison Crowder gone, Richardson could see more work out of the slot this year, but it's unclear whether newly acquired Case Keenum or first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins will be throwing him the ball. In either case, it's likely to be a subpar passing game. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Redskins in February of 2020.
Cut by Washington
WRFree Agent
Hamstring
February 14, 2020
Richardson is being released by Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It isn't clear if Richardson was approached about a pay cut before the final decision was made. Either way, he'll be free to immediately sign with a new team, after making it just two seasons deep on a five-year, $40 million contract. Richardson, who will turn 28 in April, missed the final five games of 2019 with a hamstring injury. A 44-703-6 receiving line for the 2017 Seahawks represents the only productive season on his NFL resume.
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How do Paul Richardson's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
38.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.94
 
% Team Air Yards
11.1%
 
% Team Targets
9.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
4.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
1.9
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Paul Richardson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
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Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
180 lbs
 
Shuttle Time
4.23 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.98 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A 2014 second-round pick, Richardson had a nice season in 2017, but it was still surprising the Redskins shelled out $40 million for him, including $17.5 million that is virtually guaranteed. At 6-0, 183, Richardson is slightly built but fast (4.40 40), and he's also quick and capable of making big plays - three catches of 40-plus last year. But Richardson benefitted from Russell Wilson's ability to extend plays with his legs, and Redskins QB Alex Smith, though mobile, isn't the same caliber of player. In addition, the Redskins use Jamison Crowder, another small, quick receiver, from the slot and Josh Doctson, a bigger, more athletic deep threat, outside, so it's unclear how Richardson fits into their plans. And that's before accounting for injury-prone tight end Jordan Reed and tailback Chris Thompson, both of whom will have significant roles in the passing game if they actually stay healthy.
Richardson has a chance to compete for more reps in 2017 after registering 21 receptions and 288 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He really started to hit his stride at the end of the season and churned out his best performances during the playoffs, recording seven receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown during the Seahawks' two-game postseason run. With Tyler Lockett recovering from a fractured fibula and Jermaine Kearse coming off a down year, Richardson's stock is quickly rising this offseason. All that considered, the 25-year-old could be a darkhorse fantasy producer in 2017.
Plagued by injuries throughout the 2015 season, Richardson appeared in just one game when he caught one ball for 40 yards on six total snaps. He ended the year on IR with a hamstring issue but figures to be ready as a full participant for training camp heading into his third season in the league. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Tyler Lockett will lead the way for the Seahawks' receiving corps, but Richardson is an early favorite for the No. 4 spot if he's healthy heading into the season.
Richardson largely disappointed as a rookie, though he came on late in the year, getting half of his 44 targets in the last four games. At 6-foot, 183 pounds, he was too easily jammed at the line, preventing him from capitalizing on his tremendous speed. Thanks to a torn ACL suffered in the playoffs, his speed likely won't be the same this season. Richardson won't be ready for the start of the season, likely beginning the year on the PUP list.
Richardson has great speed and could become a dangerous deep threat, but he'll need to prove that his lack of size and the durability issues he had in college won't be liabilities in the NFL. With Sidney Rice's abrupt retirement, Richardson should land the No. 4 receiver job.
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Looking like a cap casualty
WRWashington Redskins
Hamstring
February 7, 2020
Richardson (hamstring) may be cut this offseason, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.
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Moved to injured reserve
WRWashington Redskins
Hamstring
December 14, 2019
Richardson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Out again with hammy issue
WRWashington Redskins
Hamstring
December 13, 2019
Richardson (hamstring) has been ruled out Sunday's game against the Eagles, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
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Puts in another limited practice
WRWashington Redskins
Hamstring
December 12, 2019
Richardson (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.
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Officially limited Wednesday
WRWashington Redskins
Hamstring
December 11, 2019
Richardson was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
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