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Rookies Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood suddenly growing up in Seahawks' offense; NFL picks

Yet another domino effect of last week's trade of Percy Harvin is the increased roles for rookie wide receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.

I know: Many of you on here are saying, "It's about time!"

Richardson sees his initial, methodical easing into the Seahawks’ offense the same way he views his current, new role with the Super Bowl champions.

“Perfect.”

“I think I’ve grown a lot, just as far as how this team operates and functions in a real game,” the freakishly fast, rookie second- round draft choice from Colorado said this week, the Seahawks’ first full one since they traded Harvin to the New York Jets.

“The progression for me working in to the point I am now was perfect,” Richardson said.

Norwood sees his sudden ascension into the Seahawks’ plans following the Harvin trade as divine.

Really, truly divine.

“Thank you, Lord,” the fourth-round draft choice this spring from Alabama said when asked for his reaction to last Friday’s deal of Harvin, Seattle’s $11 million wide receiver, for a draft choice.

“Not ‘Thank you, Lord, he’s gone.’ It was just more ‘Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity.’ Once I found out I was like, ‘Wow, they must have a lot of confidence in the receiving corps that they have — and in me.

“So it was, Thank you, Jesus!”

It’s indeed Hallelujah! for the many around the Seahawks who have been waiting to see what the heralded rookies can do.

The newbies coach Pete Carroll says have practiced like starters are actually getting to play like them now. Richardson has moved up to No. 3 behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, with Norwood right behind him in fourth in the hierarchy of targets outside for Russell Wilson. Wilson threw for a season-high 313 yards with this new, post-Harvin setup last weekend in the loss at St. Louis.

Richardson, whom the Seahawks value for his eye-blurring speed, had four catches while playing 42 of Seattle’s 71 offensive snaps against the Rams. It was by far his most action of the season. Norwood, renowned for his hands and route running, got his first NFL reception while playing eight snaps.

Richardson in particular is primed for his biggest day yet as a pro on Sunday when the Seahawks (3-3) try end their two-game losing streak at Carolina (3-3-1). The 22-year old who had just one catch and one target in the first five games and was not even active for the fifth one — watching the loss to Dallas in team sweats along with Norwood on the sideline two games ago — will be the third wide receiver in Seattle’s three-receiver formations.

Richardson’s role grew even more Friday when the Seahawks declared kickoff and punt returner Bryan Walters out for Sunday because of a concussion. The wide receiver sustained that when his head banged off the turf while tumbling for a try for a reception either in practice Wednesday or last weekend during the loss at St. Louis.

Read more here, or in today's News Tribune.

--Have a fun weekend. Columnist Dave Boling and I are boarding our flight now for Charlotte, where the Seahawks have been since last evening.

Here are my NFL picks that will appear in tomorrow's newspaper. For our debating purposes...:

Detroit vs. Atlanta in London, 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Channel 13

Maybe Falcons can play better defense in England than they do in the States. Or maybe not.

Falcons 28, Lions 27                  

 

Philadelphia at Arizona, 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Channel 13

Is this the week the Cardinals come back to earth? I say yes.

Eagles 37, Cardinals 30

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Channel 7

Steelers may need to score 24 points in 3 minutes again to beat Andrew Luck.

Steelers 27, Colts 24

 

Green Bay at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Channel 5

Aaron Rodgers must be having trouble sleeping. Got to be so excited about facing NO D.

Packers 41, Saints 31

 

Washington at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, ESPN

RGIII a “wild card” to play? Washington will need more than him.

Cowboys 26, Redskins 14

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Baltimore at Cincinnati

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Bengals 20, Ravens 16

 

Chicago at New England

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Patriots 27, Bears 20

 

Miami at Jacksonville

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Dolphins 23, Jaguars 10

Minnesota at Tampa Bay

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Buccaneers 17, Vikings 14

Buffalo at New York Jets

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Jets 24, Bills 16

Houston at Tennessee

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Titans 20, Texans 17

St. Louis at Kansas City

10 a.m. Sunday

Pick: Chiefs 23, Rams 19

Oakland at Cleveland

1:25 p.m. Sunday

Pick: Browns 38, Raiders 0

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