When the Kansas City Chiefs visit St. Louis on Saturday night, there will be a familiar name in the starting lineup for the Rams at right tackle: Barry Richardson.
The former 2008 sixth-round pick started for the Chiefs every game of the last two seasons before leaving via free agency this past offseason. He entered Rams camp as a backup to former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith, but has moved into the starting lineup while the two continue to compete in camp.
After watching him be the weakest link on the Chiefs line over the last couple of seasons, you would think Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and the rest of the Kansas City pass rushers would be looking forward to going up against Richardson. As it turns out, it’s the other way around.
Richardson told reporters playing against the team that wanted no part of him coming back hit him “a little bit right here,” as he tapped his chest.
In return, the tackle is looking forward to getting a shot at his former teammates.
“They have some people I played with for four years, so I finally get to hit them. That’ll be feeling good.”
Specifically — although said in jest — Richardson has his eye on the Chiefs best pass rusher.
“I always wanted to cut (block) Tamba.”
If it were me, I’d be less worried about cut blocks and more concerned with Richardson’s nasty left hook. Former Chiefs special teams coach Steve Hoffman knows all about the damage that comes along with that punch.