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.”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.
“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.
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.