DT Richardson notches another TD

December, 29, 2013
Sheldon RichardsonAP Photo/Lynne SladkySheldon Richardson's short plunge tied the game, 7-7, in Miami.
Sheldon Richardson, the Jets’ standout rookie defensive lineman, was more of an offensive player on Sunday, at least according to the stats.

While Richardson was credited with just one tackle -- a nothing-special stop of Dolphins running back Lamar Miller after a 4-yard gain -- the 6-foot-3, 294-pound first-round pick did a decent impression of former Chicago Bears star William “The Refrigerator” Perry.

Richardson carried the ball twice for a total of 2 yards Sunday, including a 1-yard touchdown.

For the season, he finished with four carries for 4 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first defensive lineman since Perry to rush for more than one TD in a season.

“It was an 11 dive, and I just want to thank [Jets fullback] Tommy Bohanon for letting me take his place,” Richardson said. “[Bohanon] is more than capable [of scoring]. Much respect to four-zero [Bohanon], for real. I love him for that.”

Richardson said he ran the ball in high school and that this is nothing new to him.

“I told [Jets coach Rex Ryan] earlier in the season that whatever they needed me to do to win I was willing to do it,” Richardson said. “They put me in at fullback, and it worked.”

Richardson’s second-quarter touchdown tied the score 7-7.

In the fourth quarter, he returned to the backfield -- and he brought some more muscle.

Well, at least more bulk.

Fellow defensive linemen Kenrick Ellis (6-4, 346 pounds) and Damon Harrison (6-4, 350) joined Richardson in the wide-load backfield.

It may have been the heaviest backfield in history, but the results were not quite so grand.

Richardson was taken down after a 1-yard gain on second-and-6 from the Dolphins’ 9-yard line.

“It was fun,” Richardson said. “But I think somebody missed their block.”



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