The Two Sides of Sheldon Richardson

Richardson poses with the Jets' running back contingent. (Photo via Kristian Dyer).

Richardson poses with the Jets’ running back contingent. (Photo via Kristian Dyer).

Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.com

As Sheldon Richardson sat down for his first press conference at Florham Park, he wore a huge grin and promised big things in New York in spite of multiple outlets questioning his “schematic fit” in the Jets’ defense.

Eight months later Richardson has lived up to that promise and then some, becoming a force on defense and even showing his prowess on offense against the Panthers–a plan that was hatched early on during the summer months.

Our good friend Kristian Dyer spoke with the man and legend himself about his role as a running back and how he’s embraced the other side of the ball.

“I had a couple plays in the playbook. So I asked [running backs coach] Anthony Lynn and he was OK with it. Yeah, he was cool with it,” Richardson told Metro. “He said he was OK with it so I was more than happy to pose with them and bring my handsomeness to the offensive side of the ball.”

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“Maybe I will be with the tight ends next year too, I don’t know,” Richardson said with a laugh. “Nah, two of these is good.

“For now.”

Only a rookie, Richardson has already established himself as one of the Jets’ most valuable defensive pieces that causes worries for all 31 other quarterbacks. Opposing defenses were put on notice this past Sunday of his offensive exploits after he was handed the rock twice at the goal line, punching it the second time around for his first NFL touchdown.

Moving forward, it’s difficult to see the Jets use him frequently in goal line situations as they try to preserve his health but this does add an interesting wrinkle to the Marty Mornhinweg-led offense that teams need to prepare for.

In a season of mediocrity, Richardson has been one of the bright spots for this Jets team and it’s great to see he maintains a hard working attitude but can still have fun at the same time. Those traits will serve him, and the team, well heading into what many hope to be a brighter future.




11 comments
djf1
djf1

They probably don't have a better short yardage back.  and if he can succeed on a few plays, it could det up an effective fake.

Zartan
Zartan

This pick (Richardson) was suspect, then I listened to Rex gush about him, then I liked him. When I seen Sheldon line up during OTAs , and smile like it was the most fun he ever had(while others looked like a hard day at work).

Bytor
Bytor

I simply love this kid! They should put him in at blocking te or fb and have him light someone up. Maybe run a go pattern for giggles.

davem
davem

What's that dudes name on Mizzou's D-Line this year? He looks pretty beastly too.

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

Best combination of how to have fun and do an outstanding job at the same time.

levi
levi

Now lets get Harrison in at FB blocking for Richardson. I wouldnt want to get in the way.

Brendan
Brendan

God bless Boss Hogg The Blast Chiller. 

a57se
a57se

This is pretty darn cool when a rookies floor is as high as this guy!

When he improves his technique (Yes he actually needs some improvement there) and gets a full year of NFL weight training behind him........OPA! he is gonna be a terror!

Aaron T McKoy
Aaron T McKoy

Love his attitude. One of the bright spots for the Jets this season.