Seahawks rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson tweeted this morning that he's headed to 90210 to get LASIK eye surgery.
Headed to Beverly Hills for Laser Eye Surgery. I can't wait for my vision to be corrected.— Paul Richardson (@PRichJr) June 6, 2014
One main knock on the Seahawks' 2nd round pick was that he dropped too many passes while at Colorado. John Schneider had noted during the post-draft process that Richardson only dropped three passes on 184 targets in school but that low number has been disputed quite a bit due to a degree of subjectivity in what constitutes a 'drop'. Regardless, this is interesting for Seahawks fans because another receiver that was knocked for too many drops in college is Jermaine Kearse, and he had the procedure then subsequently cleaned up his drops issue for the most part.
Kearse still stops short of blaming his issue of drops in college on his vision, but does admit the difference is noticeable. As a corollary, "I don't really drop the ball as much anymore."
The University of Washington product notes that having the surgery "has helped a lot" because he doesn't have issues with wearing contact lenses in games. "I don't have to deal with my contacts being all blurry." As Bob Condotta wrote exactly one year ago today, "Sometimes, Kearse said, he played without contacts because he found them so bothersome. He says he now has 20-15 vision and finds himself seeing things he hadn't in years."
I'm assuming (though I'm not sure) that Richardson currently wears contacts. As a contact wearer, I can relate to the issues that players might have wearing them in games. They have a tendency to move around and sometimes require frantic blinking to readjust for clarity (not to mention, they can attract dust or other particles that look like little blobs in your vision). If he's not a contact wearer, I'd assume the procedure will fix a slight issue he has and will make a big difference on the field. Even with perfect vision, it's underrated how difficult it can be to run full speed while tracking a football over your head -- your vision bounces violently and your helmet restricts your peripherals.
Either way, it will be interesting to see if Richardson has any of the same issues with drops with the Seahawks that he had in college (subjectively, I mean).