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Versatile Jay Richardson helps Saints LB depth

With injuries to Victor Butler, Martez Wilson and Junior Galette, the Saints' outside linebacking corps has been spread pretty thin. Enter the versatile Jay Richardson, who started Friday night and recovered a fumble.

"It was a lot of fun," Richardson said. "I came in as a defensive end and went from my two gap world with coach Bill Johnson. Things happen and guys get banged up, slide on outside, line up on the edge, and play some outside backer. It was a lot of fun, it's just good to be back out there. It's fun to start, obviously. I was just trying to make sure I was good in my drops and looked like an outside linebacker."

Richardson was drafted in 2007 and played his first three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, then one with the Seattle Seahawks, but he did not catch on with any team in 2011 and was a training camp casualty of the Jets last summer.

"Extremely hungry, so he fits in great here," safety Roman Harper said. "He works on getting better each day, he's done a great job for us, we've moved him around a little bit, and he's done nothing but make plays every where we've moved him to, we know he has a great pass rush, but we try to put him as linebacker to help us out with depth."

Head Coach Sean Payton added, "He's done pretty well with the transition. We'll continue to work with him at that spot."

And with Richardson missing the past two NFL regular seasons, he knew that entering this 2013 Saints training camp, that nothing was guaranteed, and that each and every day, he needs to make the most of his opportunity.

"You never go into a training camp knowing what's going to happen or what numbers are going to look like," Richardson said. "You kind of just try to go in, play your butt off, and stay healthy. Whatever happens, happens. When opportunities arise, you just have to be ready and you have got to be focused and take advantage and have fun. Like I said, at the end of the day it's all football. You can't get too crazy, you just go out there and play your techniques."

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