Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Richardson named to PFWA all-rookie team
By Rich Cimini
Rex Ryan gave an A+ grade to the New York Jets' draft, but the widespread opinion around the NFL isn't the same.
Only one Jets player -- defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson -- was named to the Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team, which was announced Tuesday.
Cornerback Dee Milliner and quarterback Geno Smith finished the season on upbeat notes, with Milliner claiming the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December. But Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals) and Desmond Trufant (Atlanta Falcons) were the cornerbacks on the all-rookie team. Presumably, Ryan doesn't agree, considering his claim that Milliner was the top cornerback in the draft at the end of the season.
Richardson didn't win the PFWA's Defensive Rookie of the Year. That honor went to Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, an ominous sign for Richardson. Because many of the PFWA voters also vote for the Associated Press awards, it's quite possible that Alonso will edge Richardson for the same award. The AP awards will be announced on the eve of the Super Bowl.
Here is the entire PFWA all-rookie team. The Detroit Lions led the way with three all-rookie selections, while four other teams placed two players apiece on the squad.