RENTON, Wash. — Paul Richardson timed the snap and raced past star cornerback Richard Sherman on Monday. The pass was underthrown, but it provided a glimpse of why the Seahawks think so highly of their rookie wide receiver from Colorado.

Richardson returned to practice after dealing with a shoulder injury and said he expects to play Thursday in Seattle's preseason opener against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

"I will be out there," Richardson said. "I wish I could get some of the Buffs' players out there to the game, but they have practice that night."

Richardson, a second-round draft choice, landed with the defending NFL champions because of his speed. Seattle coach Pete Carroll loves fast players. Few accelerate like Richardson, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds at the scouting combine.

"He has the ability to get vertical," said Seattle safety Earl Thomas.

Richardson is not a big deal in the NFL. At least not yet. But he's bigger. Richardson said he has added 20 pounds and is playing at 178.

"I have more confidence, and I can still get down field," Richardson said. "Based on my size, a lot of people think if they get their hands on me that it's the end of the story. But playing against the big guys I go against every day in Richard and (Byron) Maxwell, I think I will be fine."

Surround sound. Because of the $35 million renovation of their team headquarters, the Broncos have no fans at training camp this summer.


Then there's the Seahawks, whose 2,800 fans at practice scream relentlessly and still can't be heard over the soundtrack. Seattle plays music throughout practice, ranging from Rage Against the Machine's "Pocket Full of Shells" to Snoop Dogg.

"There are a lot of distractions, but it's great for me because it helps me focus on what I need to do to get better every day," Thomas said.

Footnotes. Carroll's motto remains "Compete and finish." So showing up 20 pounds overweight doesn't go over well with the coach. The Seahawks cut offensive tackle Michael Bowie, an eight-game starter last year. Cleveland claimed Bowie, who needs shoulder surgery. The offensive line is the Seahawks' biggest question mark. ... Outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson were among the Braves who visited Seattle's camp Monday. "This place is first class. I can't believe how big and athletic these guys are," Upton said.