1) Introduction: Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson made it off of the physically unable to perform list after having surgery for a herniated disc in early 2013. He appeared in six games for the Packers in 2013, including the wild card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Richardson played well enough to split time with M.D. Jennings down the stretch and should be in the mix for a roster spot in 2014, even if the team drafts or acquires a safety. My grades for Richardson will be slightly inflated, as he did not appear in as many games.
Seandre Antonio Richardson
- Age: 24
- Born: 1/20/1990 in Fort Campbell, TN
- Height: 6’02″
- Weight: 216
- College: Vanderbilt
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 2 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: With a neck injury, there is always an amount of uncertainty regarding a player’s ability to return and play. With Green Bay’s ultra conservative medical staff, it’s even more uncertain. Richardson was cleared to return to action during the back half of the season and was expected to provide depth at safety as well as on special teams.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: In Richardson’s case and given his neck injury, the highlight was simply being medically cleared to return to football and the Packers. According to Pro Football Focus, Richardson graded out at a +.5 overall, which doesn’t tell us much about the impact that he had. Statistically, his best game came against the Pittsburgh Steelers while his worst was just one week later in the regular season finale against the Chicago Bears. Neither were memorable and in Richardson’s case, that is not the worst thing.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: After his return, Richardson appeared in 36% of the team’s defensive snaps. He wasn’t on the field enough for us to make a major assessment of his future value to the team but his size is something the Packers like. Because Richardson was active for less than half of this season, he was not a big contributor in his play, but he did get Jennings off the field a bit (bad humor, I know).
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Richardson was credited with a stop against the 49ers in limited action. He was not much of a factor due to his lack of familiarity with the 49ers as well as his progression since his return from injury.