Redskins’ Paul Richardson: Police thought I was dealer, asked if I was in gang
The Virginia State Police says it’s reviewing claims made by new Washington Redskins receiver Paul Richardson Jr., who tweeted that a trooper asked whether he was in a gang and told him he thought he was a drug dealer after pulling him over Tuesday afternoon.
Richardson, the former Seahawks wideout who signed with the Redskins last month, tweeted that he got pulled over in a toll lane, leading to the questions from the trooper.
“I’ve had this car 2 weeks and this amazing officer gave me a ticket for only having temporary registration. Mind you I have up to 2 months in Va before needing to register it AGAIN in Virginia.”
“He is a versatile athlete,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said of Edmunds. “He’s got size … he has played inside, he has played outside as well, he has played on the line of scrimmage as well as off the line of scrimmage. Some of that flexibility is what attracted us to him as well. We are real happy with what we did and credit goes to [general manager] Brandon [Beane] and his staff.”
Edmunds, who turns 20 on Tuesday, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds and was a two-year starter in Blacksburg. He led the Hokies with 109 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks and was named a Butkus Award finalist last season.
He will be given an opportunity to take over the middle linebacker spot after the Bills lost starter Preston Brown in free agency last month.
Toughest tests: Facing two NFC South playoff teams on the road won’t be easy. Atlanta and Carolina also have two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. A split there would be a win for Cincinnati. A trip to Arrowhead Stadium against Kansas City won’t be easy, either. As for the rivalry games against Pittsburgh, keep in mind a Dec. 4 loss to the Steelers last season knocked the Bengals out of the AFC wild-card hunt.
Biggest breaks: Cincinnati doesn’t have to play New Orleans in the Superdome, and it avoids long-distance trips to Denver and Oakland. Despite the tough NFC matchups, the Bengals could go .500 or better against their road schedule.
Bottom line: This is a pivotal year for the franchise given Lewis’ tenuous hold on the head coaching job and back-to-back losing seasons. There’s been a familiar pattern in the division the last two years, too: Cincinnati sweeps Cleveland, splits with Baltimore and loses both games to Pittsburgh.