“He told me to throw him the ball deep,” Price, the former University of Washington quarterback, said of his quick conversation with Richardson, a wide receiver from Colorado.
Richardson didn’t have to ask twice.
On one of the first plays in the first full-team drill, Richardson took off up the sideline against cornerback
But on this play, Richardson flaunted his football speed. Pinkins, the player covering him and a sixth-round draft choice, had run the 40 in 4.44 seconds at 220 pounds during his Pro Day workout at San Diego State.
Just how impressive was Richardson’s burst up the sideline?
“Oh my God, that guy’s a blazer,” said Price, who was signed as a free agent at the conclusion of the NFL Draft last Saturday. “I saw him in one-on-one coverage and kind of let it rip. He made a great play and scored a touchdown.”
Coach Pete Carroll was impressed by the efforts of Richardson and also
“The receivers really show up, they jump out at us – and that’s Kevin and Paul,” Carroll said. “They’ve done really well the first couple days (in Phase 2 of the veterans’ offseason program) and then today they did it again.”
Before stepping it up Friday, Richardson and Price had stepped into two of the more competitive positions on an already deep and talented roster.
But Richardson (speed) and Norwood (size) also bring something to the mix that is needed.
Price, meanwhile, signed with the Seahawks immediately after the draft rather than waiting to see which other teams might call.
“It probably wasn’t three minutes after the draft,” Price said. “Pete made the call and I committed to him. I kind of had my eye set here.”
And he wasn’t blinded by the fact that the team already had
“There’s great competition at the quarterback spot, and I’m a competitive guy,” Price said. “I’m way down there now on the totem pole, but I’m willing to work myself up like I did throughout my whole playing career. So I appreciate the challenge.”
And Paul Richardson appreciates Price’s ability to take a request and turn it into a touchdown.