DROY out of Richardson’s hands, but rookie still wants the football in them

NFL: New York Jets at Miami DolphinsCould the Jets continue to use their “Blast Chiller” pacakge on offense going forward in 2014?  Metro New York reports that if it was up to Sheldon Richardson he would happily keep rumbling around the backfield for his team.

When asked at the end of the season if he should be Defensive Rookie of the Year, he smiled. “Of course you want it. It is out of my hands,” Richardson said. “I’m proud of the season I’ve had, with or without an award.”

As for carrying the ball, his eyes light up. He plans on doing it as long as the Jets will put him in the game plan.

“One-yard touchdowns, I can keep doing that all day,” Richardson said. “It’s a good feeling, if you haven’t done it before, it is probably a tremendous feeling.”

“And you don’t get winded for one yard. Man, I couldn’t do what Chris [Ivory] or Bilal [Powell] does, each and every week. Those long runs. One yard is good. You get the six points and head to the bench.  I’m happy just to be that, just to be the finisher. Much more and you can get tired out there.”

Richardson smirked at that last line and has to laugh.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

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Richardson was used earlier in the season for some offensive snaps as an extra blocker, but it wasn’t until December did they get the ball into his hands as a ball carrier. To some who might not know Richardson’s history, putting the ball in his hands might seem silly, but Richardson returned punts at 275 pounds when he was in high school growing up in East Saint Louis. Once against Kentucky, Richardson picked up a fumble and outran running backs and wide receivers almost the length of the field before getting pulled down just short of the end zone.

For a while the Jets will be able to grind out some more touchdowns with Richardson in matchups, but sooner or later defenses are going to key on that. Going forward will be that teams will expect Richardson, so Marty Mornhinweg will have to figure out counters to still make goal-line plays effective with Richardson in the game. That means some misdirection away from Richardson, but also means more passing plays utilizing Richardson as a blocker. If the Jets can get diverse with their playcalling with Richardson on the field, then they can keep his role in the playbook.




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buckets
buckets

 Marty Mornhinweg will have to figure out counters to still make goal-line plays effective with Richardson in the game.


Ummm...or they could just get better players on offense and not risk the health of a promising young player.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

its great we have him for short yardage plays in the backfield the only thing that might be a problem is that he is so big that defenders will go at his legs/knees...watching his high school videos on youtube he has good hands 

bob
bob

Oopsy Daisy..Dats right..... Richardson can really run the Oopsy Daisy play..



Hut Hut  OOPSY DAISY...

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

I don't know if he's more at risk than on defense, but I worry about an increased chance of injury when he runs the ball. On the side of caution, I'd forego Richardson running the ball, and leave that to Powell and Ivory. Is it really necessary that he run with the ball? I just have a bad feeling about it.

SackDance99
SackDance99

With NFL weight training he should bulk up to the 310 lb range with no loss of speed.  That's when he will begin to rival Joe Klecko as the most complete defensive lineman in Jets history.  I'm not slighting Mo, but Boss Hogg is special.  I could see both as 1st team All Pros within 3 years.

Alasdair Barratt
Alasdair Barratt

I was really hoping that the link of him returning punts was a youtube video, never mind.


Got to love SR

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Remember Fans' Day practice this Fall?


Richardson not only was running from the backfield, but also received a pass or two after Geno faked a handoff.


Don't be too surprised.

djf1
djf1

I'd like to see another go with the 1000 pound backfield.

levi
levi

I could not imagine having a 275lb guy returning kicks in high school. Granted I come from a small school where we had trouble fielding a team so a few of us had to play both ways. But a 275lb returner must be rare in bigger schools too.


I want to see him catch a TD pass.

harvlis
harvlis

@Jim Israel I totally agree.  Why take a guy who has All-Pro defensive talent and risk it on anything else.  I don't agree with letting your starting corners return punts, either.  I would rather put in a big, back-up O-lineman in the backfield, to lead Powell or Ivory into the end zone.  In addition, after the backs take you down the field, you take away their TD statistic and give it to a d-lineman.  Not cool.  If I was Ivory, I would not be happy with that. 

juunit
juunit

@SackDance99 

It's really not a slight. I was saying it back in preseason that it looked like Richardson might be the best of the 3 between him, Wilkerson and Coples. He is clearly ahead of where both of them were as rookies (he was also drafted earlier than either of them, if only by a few picks.) Of course, at the time I didn't include Harrison in my equation, but now I think it's just Richardson will likely be the best of those 4 instead of 3.

jdawggg
jdawggg

@Mark Phelan He's been on pass patters in games, but not targeted.  They used him as a receiver in the Atlanta game and we scored a TD on the play, 1 yard pass to Winslow who was open because Richardson demands a double team.  

Brendan
Brendan

@Mark Phelan Sheldon is going to catch a pass, fake like he's going to truck a defender...then leap over him for a score. 

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@harvlis @Jim Israel  

Remember the Titans.... Assistant Coach Paul "Doc" Hines on seeing QB Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass take out the star defensive player...."What we have here is a FOOTBALL player! "


(same goes for BossHogg)

Pat d
Pat d

You weren't the only one that said that

McGeorge
McGeorge

@Brendan Is it my imagination or was Sheldon Richardson slightly larger than anyone else on the field?

;-)


I'll bet the visiting team wasn't looking forward to tacking him.

Malty by nature
Malty by nature

@Brendan I think we found our new TE! lol

for real though this kid is a freak, if he stays healthy and keeps working hard, its easy to see him hitting Warren Sapp status 

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@Brendan Thank B. Amazing. On the tackle for a loss of the running back, could almost hear RB scream...PLEASE DON"T LAND ON ME !

Alasdair Barratt
Alasdair Barratt

@Brendan Brilliant, they actually punted it short to avoid him returning too.


Did you see him hurdle the tackler at about 1:20.  


He's fast becoming my favorite Jet

levi
levi

@Bent Yup, I remember those days.

harold
harold

That was great to see a real athlete at that size.  He will be good for a long time barring injury.

djf1
djf1

@1969JAN12th @Brendan In the NFL, apparently he's not allowed to land on top of people he's trying to tackle.

Brendan
Brendan

@1969JAN12th Being pile-drived head first into the ground by a 275 pound gazelle is probably the worst thing ever for a small high school RB.