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.The ultimate vulture!
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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.