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Undrafted free agent from Vanderbilt made his mark on special teams this season
The Green Bay Packers began the season with 10 rookies on the 53-man roster. That’s a pretty high number – especially for a team than won 15 games the previous year. But GM Ted Thompson didn’t hang on to all those rookies to save money or to make himself look good. He kept them because they could play. In fact, seven have played significant roles in the team’s march to its second straight NFC North title.
I’ll be ranking the rookies – from least productive to most productive – over the next couple of weeks. Here’s #9:
Story of 2012 - Safeties that weigh 215 pounds and run 4.5 don’t usually go undrafted, but that’s what happened to Sean Richardson last April. Scouts didn’t think he had the skills necessary to cover in the National Football League. They might’ve been right. The former Vanderbilt standout looked stiff in the hips during camp and had trouble breaking down in the open field. He did, however, show plenty of toughness. That served him very well on special teams and could keep him employed for a number of seasons.
What to expect in 2013 - Richardson underwent neck surgery recently and his future is uncertain. If healthy in time for camp, he’ll stand a pretty good chance of making the 53-man roster due to his stellar work covering kicks. He might also be useful against the new breed of quarterbacks currently taking the league by storm. With Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Robert Griffin III (Redskins) on Green Bay’s 2013 schedule, it might be nice to have someone as big and as fast as Richardson to use as a spy. We all saw what happened when Brad Jones and Erik Walden were used in that role a few weeks ago.
BEST OF MAXIM
ONE LAST TIME
The Pro Bowl is full of gimmicks and the 2013 version was no different. Jeff Saturday spent most of his career snapping the ball in Indianapolis to quarterback Peyton Manning. Every game that Manning played in Indianapolis occurred with Saturday as the center. This year both players left Indianapolis as Manning went to Denver and Saturday headed to Green Bay. Both ended up in Hawaii...
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Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday momentarily switched teams during the Pro Bowl on Sunday for one last thrill before he retires.
Saturday was the longtime center of the Colts and played his entire Indianapolis career with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. He came into the league a year after Manning, and the two won a Super Bowl and made 16 Pro Bowls together. Both left the...
Last year’s Pro Bowl was more of a joke than a game. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was upset at the player’s lack of competition. So far J.J. Watt has a bloody hand and teams are hitting each other hard. The game seems to be legit. During the game Green Bay Packers Jeff Saturday who used to play with Peyton Manning when they both played for the Colts snapped the ball to Manning...
Green Bay's Jeff Saturday, the NFC's backup center, snapped the ball to the AFC's Peyton Manning. With Saturday retiring, it was a special moment between longtime teammates. It was a highlight of the NFC's 62-35 victory over the AFC.
This is pretty great: Jeff Saturday played center for the AFC on one play to snap the ball to Peyton Manning for the final time before he retires.
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