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The man they call "Tiny" is making a big name for himself during OTAs.
He won't replace Matt Kalil or Phil Loadholt on the offensive line, but with each passing day, Antonio Richardson is looking like he's going to be part of the Vikings' future plans.
When he was asked about Richardson after OTAs finished up, per Vikings.com, Coach Zimmer said, "He’s a very talented guy. Obviously, he has great size and length, he catches on pretty good as far as the scheme, we’re excited about him, we think he has a chance to be a good player."
Who wouldn't be excited about a guy who Rob Rang and Derek Stephens of NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) once compared to Dallas Cowboys great Erik Williams?
At 6'6", 336 pounds, he's a mountain of a man who's incredibly hard to move off the point of attack.
Originally projected to be selected between the second and third round of the draft, NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki wrote in detail about what Richardson does best on the field:
Good strength to anchor vs. power and possesses enough brute strength to hold his ground even when he locks his legs. Is not easily moved and can position-sustain. Bends fairly well for as big as he is and is agile enough to handle speed.
Considering that the Vikings brought him as an undrafted free agent, Richardson is easily one of the best offseason additions this team has made in a very long time.
Keep an eye out for Tiny. If he can keep his health in check, the sky is the limit for the former Tennessee Volunteer.
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