OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Technically, Jordan Richards hasn’t missed a Patriots game yet. He was just in another uniform for one.
Richards, one of the newest Ravens, played his first game against his former team on Sunday night, the team he played three games for already this season.
It was a bit weird for the 26-year-old, but he said he didn’t let that faze him and instead just focused on the game specifically.
“It’s an opportunity to play a football game,” Richards said. “I’ve now learned over my time in the league that players change teams, it’s just part of it all. You don’t get too caught up in it all, I’m just thankful to have an opportunity to play and try and help this team win here.”
He played 20 special teams snaps, 69% of the total special teams snaps against his former team.
The most notable part of his night was facing his former teammates, players he’d faced for years in New England.
“The only thing that might be somewhat unique is, I wouldn’t say an advanced scouting report, but having seen those guys every single day for a number of years, you know personal strengths more so than you’d be able to catch on the field," Richards said.
Originally a second-round pick of the Patriots, Richards played there from 2015-2017 before a stint last season in Atlanta. He was in Oakland this season, but was cut before 53-man rosters were decided.
He played three games in New England this season after signing in October, only to be released when former Ravens defensive back Justin Bethel was cut two weeks ago.
Meaning, in a matter of months, Richards has went from Georgia to California to Massachusetts and finally, Maryland.
“It’s part of the game,” Richards said. “You can’t prepare yourself one way or the other for it. Like I said, it’s an opportunity to play football. My wife and I, we figure the rest of the stuff out.”
Now in what he hopes is a more permanent home, he’s gotten a look up close at the way the Ravens operate. So far, he’s been impressed.
“I think mainly it’s just appreciating the work they put in and getting to see it firsthand. You see it on tape as a competitor. It’s cool to be in those meetings to see how coach ‘Wink’ coaches, coach Horton, coach Harbaugh, the rest of the offensive staff how they coach, then see it on the field.”
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