Sheldon Richardson caused quite the controversy this off-season for the New York Jets due to getting suspended by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. He will miss the first four games of the season and learned a valuable lesson when it comes to not only stop making dumb mistakes but also to never hide anything from your employers. The Jets were surely embarrassed to find out that Richardson did what he did through the media as he will surely deal with more consequences once the NFL gets all the final details of the incident he was involved in.
Richardson was recently asked by the Media Relations Department of the Jets about how the defense has been without him in the lineup. Here is what he said in its entirety:
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On if it’s hard to gauge how this defense will truly be without him and Muhammad Wilkerson playing on the first team…
It’s a scary thing to say, right? I can’t wait either. Hopefully Mo comes back healthy, strong, doesn’t have to backtrack at all, as far as re-hurting his hamstring.
On Leonard Williams…
He’s starting to play with his hands a lot more. There’s a big difference from this week to last week and the sky’s the limit for him.
On what he’s seeing from the sideline during first team reps…
How my linebackers are playing within the new defense. How my defensive line is moving out there even though Mo’s not back yet. Where I can play off of them and seeing how I can make plays and be effective as far as disruption, and let them make plays off of me too within this defense. Mark 2-gaps and 1-gaps, there’s a big difference and some players got offsides this game, but we’re just trying to correct that so when I do get back I know where I’m at.
On where he feels the defense is at learning Todd Bowles’ system…
Close, we’re close. A few plays kind of busted up open on the ones. The twos played pretty decent, stayed pretty stout. We’re not too far off. Of course he’s going to complain about the penalties we got, but that’s just guys competing and that happens.