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.
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.”