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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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a57se
a57se

The Union-Tribune suggests OLB Larry English will be released at final cuts.

Since being selected 16th overall in 2009, English has appeared in 52 games (nine starts) and posted just 11 sacks. With Melvin Ingram now fully healthy and second-rounder Jerry Attaochu in town, the roster squeeze is on. English sits fifth on the depth chart at outside linebacker. 

I could see us having some interest in English especially if the younger guys aren't showing much...

a57se
a57se

Haha...this is funny! Eagles reporters are apparently as bad as Jets reporters!


Eagles third-string QB Matt Barkley challenged reporter Jimmy Kempski to catch his footballs after Kempski observed during OTAs and minicamp that Barkley's "arm simply isn't good."

Our money's on Kempski here, who already accepted Barkley's challenge. "Shut up Jimmy," Barkley wrote on Reddit. "You don't know a thing about that route, the defensive coverage, technique of the wide receiver, the route he was actually running, let alone my maximum velocity arm strength. We can play catch sometime if you want to figure out for yourself how hard I can throw it, just lemme know." Barkley fell to the fourth round of last year's draft due to arm strength limitations. At spring practices, Barkley split third-team reps with G.J. Kinne.

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.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Well it could be a poor system fit for English as well. Do you watch much tape of the Chargers?

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

Based on the first line of the above quote, English might be released at the final cutdown so if the Jets were to claim him on waivers, they would have to place him on the 53 man roster and cut someone else to make room. 


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.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

With Cooks speed in that offense, it is scary.

They could just have Cooks run a lot of underneath crossing routes and there wouldn't be many 3rd or 4th DB's keeping up with him.

BDarc23
BDarc23

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

a57se
a57se

@levi @a57se 

The Giants like what they have seen of him from all the reports but he tweaked his hammy so that has limited his time.


a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 @a57se 

Well since press coverage is not allowed in OTA's, I would take this with a grain of salt as well but his speed is impressive in shorts.

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.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

How would you compare their defensive scheme with Rex'/

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 @a57se 

He was there for the taking...

Hopefully Pryor ends up as good as Rex says he is.

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?

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

Was English used in the Rush LB position like most pre-draft reports seemed to think would suit him best?

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

@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.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se @tsjc68 

He is a possession type WR, we seem to have a few of them on the roster already.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

Neither position being a strength for English...

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @Bent @a57se 

I wouldn't compare the NO Offense with Drew Brees running it to anything Stephen Hill has played in as a pro...

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.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se

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

Even though he couldn't in College?

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se @Bent 

No but you did compare Toon to Hill and said he has had flashes then provided a link to a TD pass to Toon from Brees.

So, in effect, you ARE making that comparison whether you care to admit to it or not.


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.

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.