DT Richardson notches another TD
December, 29, 2013
By Walter Villa | ESPNNewYork.com
AP 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.”