Bobby Richardson makes name known at Saints camp
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - From humble beginnings, Bobby Richardson refuses to take his first NFL opportunity for granted.
"Some have told me I'm doing good, couple of the vets tell me I'm doing good," Richardson said. "Try to keep working and I just try to pick out some of the good guys on special teams, too, because I'm trying to earn a roll on special teams because that's the biggest way to make the team."
As an NFL rookie it's understood that special teams is your first opportunity to make the team. But Richardson, who played collegiately at Indiana, has looked so good in training camp that his opportunities to receive playing time won't be limited.
"We have a handful of those young free agent defensive linemen," coach Sean Payton said. "It is one of our classes with guys that we signed after the draft. It will be interesting to evaluate them as we progress through camp and get into the preseason games."
Junior Galette's departure means there's an open vacancy in the Saints linebacking corps. There are a number of players that aren't household names vying for the position. Richardson's in that mix, and his challenge is to find a way to stand out in the crowd
"Got to be a technician," Richardson said. "I got to be good at pass,rush, and I'm trying to also make special teams too."
Payton added, "I think you will see that's one of the position groups that is a little harder to keep track of the roles because you have a lot of those guys that will be going in and out and that would be very typical of us of how we would play a game. He's in good shape. I thought he handled conditioning well. We'll continue to work with not only the veterans but a young guy like him."
Richardson said he wasn't discouraged when he didn't hear his name on draft day mainly because he always had a backup plan.
"I was already prepared," Richardson said. "I had a list of what teams I wanted to go to after that and after didn't happen ,I was going to be down on myself. I just had to use that as motivation so those were just the cards I was dealt, and I'm just trying to plan a bad hand well."
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