sheldon-richardson

Sheldon Richardson ready to build on impressive first season

There might be no NFL honors for being the best second-year defensive player in the NFL, but Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson isn’t looking to fall into a ‘sophomore slump’ either.

“That sounds like a rookie wall, something I never hit,” Richardson told Darryl Slater (Star-Ledger, June 22). “It sounds a lot like it to me.”

While his coach might be taking in World Cup games in Brazil (Deadspin, June 22), Richardson will keep closer to home, spending time in New Jersey and then back home with family in East Saint Louis.

Richardson knows that to play well, it comes down to proper conditioning and preparation, per the Star-Ledger.

“For me, I like to just stick with [the workouts], because when I stop, I’m kind of a guy who really shuts down everything, so I just keep going … I’m going to get away from football, but as far as working out, nah, I’m going to stick with it.”

At this time a year ago, Richardson took time off from working out after the strains of preparing for the Combine, but this year Richardson will keep lifting weights , believing that “it’s a time for you to make yourself better.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Richardson played a stellar rookie season punctuated by some moments reminiscent of Refrigerator Perry.  While the 2013 rookie did see a slight dip in his production in late December, it was nothing like many rookies see come late November or December.

Richardson was worthy of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor and should be in good shape to build off his great rookie year.  Richardson told the Star-Ledger’s Slater that his “body was dead” after all his Draft preparation at this time last year, so to think that his conditioning will be better going into his second season, with all the knowledge he’s gained about how to play in the NFL is pretty exciting.  Working with Mohammed Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Damon Harrison will allow Richardson to continue to shine in his second season.




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williamg1
williamg1

Richardson's numbers next year:


Tackles: 96

Sacks: 22

Interceptions: 12

Yards receiving: 1800

Yards rushing: 1500

levi
levi

I like the lack of crazy drawn out silly arguments in this comment section.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se English never impressed me much, but neither did Maybin or Cunningham.  Maybe there's still some blood in that stone.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se

His odds of making the final roster can't be good (and he can't be stashed on the PS), but sure, why not.


I will pretty much never frown on the idea of putting a good defensive athletic specimen under the tutelage of Rex Ryan and Karl Dunbar to see what they can do with him (given minimal cost outlay).

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se


Kempski is actually a former blogger who now works for Philly.com.  He used to write for Blogging the Beast and I'm familiar with him because of their UFA comp pick projections.


I agree with Barkley's retort and it will be funny if he can take Jimmy down a peg or two.


Also, Eagles reporters are on course to become just as bad as Jets reporters ... they've already acquired Mike Sielski (who I never liked but he wrote a fantastic article on Father's Day, I must admit) and Manish is from there so maybe he will go back home at some point!

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se

Colston-Stills-Cooks has great potential to be a dynamic troika for them, even before you factor in Jimmy Graham.  IIRC Payton was saying that they intend to shift a lot of Sproles's old targets to Cooks.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@a57se Now hang on 57... You have made it very clear that your position is that this type of news during OTAs and mini camp is worthless.

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1  Yeah, but can he snap the ball in a DL-v-DL drill?  No, because that takes a SPECIAL KIND OF PLAYER


- Fonzie'd

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1

I'm not sure he'll have time to amass all 12 interceptions, since he's scheduled to miss Week 1 while he brings peace to the Middle East.  Let's hope he gets back by halftime.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @a57se

I'd say that we should have someone down there in Philly steal Manish's car so that he can't get back, but then he'd just hitchhike home, no doubt.  He's quite resourceful.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@tsjc68 @a57se Pierre Thomas had a ton of catches too.  It's definitely not your typical offense.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan Someone needs to get Coples a cheeseburger. He looks like a WR.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

Wait a minute, wait a minute... Barnes, Wilkerson, Coples, Ellis, Richardson, Harrison, Hyder, Thompson, Finau, they're all defensive linemen I KNEW THE SWITCH TO OLB WAS A FAILED EXPERIMENT THEY'RE MOVING COPLES BACK TO THE DL I WAS RIGHT I WAS RIGHT!!!!


Sincerely,

Dr. Richard J. Cimini, Senior Professor of Applied Capological Sciences, Syracuse University

levi
levi

@Brendan "I got chunks of corn in my crap bigger than you."

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

Kerry Hyder's S-Curl is already in midseason form.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Yeah, I've seen quite a lot of them.  Charted several of their games over the past few years (including two or three Jets games) and obviously rewatched a bunch of games for the Garay, Barnes and Patrick BGAs.  That's probably one of the teams I'm most familiar with, especially on defense.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23 @tsjc68 @a57se

Yeah, Thomas will take on a lot of Sproles's safet valve plays as well, provided he can stay healthy.  They're still bullish on Khiry Robinson as well.


And they have UDFA Tim Flanders at the end of the RB depth chart, a guy I like.  He could make the team and contribute.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @a57se

He's in the Stephen Hill "Put up or shut up" zone, it appears.  


He's probably already behind Robert Meachem and Joe Morgan (which would put him 6th on the depth chart) and he'll have to fend off big Brandon Coleman from Rutgers.


His chances of not making the team seem pretty high to me.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1 @tsjc68

Once I asked Damon Harrison how he could leave me in my time of greatest need.


He replied, "Tommie, my child, those times where you see only one set of footprints in the sand, that was when I carried you."

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @Brendan

Rex likes 'em round, and big.  And when he's throwing a gig he just can't help himself, he's acting like an animal.


Now here's his scandal.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 To be fair, he's standing between two guys who combine for nearly 13' end-to-end and over 700 pounds. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Brendan In all honesty, I'm not sure where they draw the line.  Thompson is listed as OLB in some places and is only a couple of pounds heavier than IK+


I guess they draw the line somewhere between IK+ and Thompson, to answer my own question.

levi
levi

@tsjc68  He is a traveler of both time and space to be where he has been.

williamg1
williamg1

@tsjc68 @williamg1 @Brendan Hahahahaha!!!!


He should be modeling on the box cover of "Duke." I know that snap-back moisturizer burns his eyes during practice. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Brendan

I think the fact that Thompson and Anthony Grady (who oddly isn't in this picture, btw) got DL numbers while Enemkpali and Reilly got LB numbers is telling.


Maybe it's not telling at all, though, we'll see.

levi
levi

@a57se  Well "Fat Basterd" is pretty gross.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Much more straight forward.  It's a more conventional 3-4 and then on passing downs the nose comes out and a slot corner comes in for a 2-4-5 look.


They rotate personnel groupings a lot more on the front seven.


I'd also say that they bring equal amounts of pressure from either side rather than just having one primary rusher and another clean-up guy.

They do run a lot of blitz packages (stunts etc).

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @BDarc23 @a57se

Ho ho ho, suckin' down the cider, uh? Hey, word to the wise...

[shows Homer a card]

season pass. It pays for itself after the sixteenth visit. You know, most people don't know the difference between apple cider and apple juice, but I do. Now here's a little trick to help you remember. If it's clear and yella', you've got juice there, fella. If it's tangy and brown, you're in cider town. Now, there's two exceptions and it gets kinda tricky here...

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @a57se Can we stash Nick Toon in our minor league system somewhere?  Maybe with the Rhein Fire?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@levi @tsjc68

Trapped in the past, Damon Harrison finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong and hoping, each time, that his next leap will be the leap home.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 He did say he dropped like 15 pounds in the offseason to better condition for playing strictly on the edge, he definitely looks lean. Excited to see how that translates to his burst on the edge, but also curious to see if it impacts his power, which he used effectively last year pretty regularly. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent @Brendan Maybe they're converting Grady to DB or something.  OMG THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent @Brendan Well, Reilly strictly speaking only got a temporary LB number.  If he makes the team he's going to have to change.  He's 49, right?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @tsjc68 He was by me.  I'd been watching him since high school.  Very talented kid with great character.  Just struggles to stay healthy.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @levi [Freeze frame]


"Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario"

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Brendan

Correct.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent He played both sides, primarily in a rotational role from what I saw.


Last season ended prematurely for him, but early in the year he was being paired with Freeney a lot.  Naturally Freeney played the right side.  They reverted to four man fronts at times so English had his hand in the dirt.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent @Brendan The rookies have been playing OLB as we expected.  I guess Thompson is in with the linemen.  Grady has been playing tackle, probably just wasn't around when that shot was taken.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @tsjc68 I'm not seriously suggesting we should target him (although it would be fun to root for another Toon!) and he probably isn't an upgrade over the group of guys we've already got battling for a spot.


I do believe he can get downfield separation at the NFL level though.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Brendan

Gracias.


I've heard nothing at all about Thompson or Grady since they signed.  Which is probably not a good thing for them.  Not even one tweet about one of them "flashing".

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Like I said, I've been watching him since high school.  He can get deep (and has shown that a couple of times in NFL games) ... the Badgers just didn't have much of a downfield passing game while he was there.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I just had to google it. 11+ years, times have seriously changed. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68 @Bent


Comparing Nick Toon's specific struggles of staying healthy enough to make a positive impact and secure a roster spot going forward to Stephen Hill's specific struggles of staying healthy enough to make a positive impact and secure a roster spot going forward ≠ saying that Stephen Hill's offensive teammates are similar to Nick Toon's offensive teammates


I made two claims:

a.) Stephen Hill has flashed some good play at times as a pro but hasn't stayed on the field frequently enough to cement a roster spot for himself.

b.) Nick Toon has flashed some good play at times as a pro but hasn't stayed on the field frequently enough to cement a roster spot for himself.


That's all.  Never said that Drew Brees and Geno Smith are at all similar.