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Training Camp Profile: DE Sheldon Richardson

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets sacks Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)27: Sheldon Richardson
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets sacks Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)27: Sheldon Richardson
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Defensive end Sheldon Richardson heads into training camp as one of the key pieces on the defensive line of the New York Jets.

With preparing for training camp, defensive end Sheldon Richardson is out to prove how good he could be this upcoming season. When the New York Jets took Richardson in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the organization at the time thought they selected a special player.

In his first few seasons, Richardson was a dependable player that was willing to do whatever it took to get better each day. Besides his skills on the football field, he has had his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Hopefully, he wisens up in his contract year to either play for his next big contract with the Jets or elsewhere.

Below is his training camp profile as he prepares for a tough season ahead. No matter what the final record of the Jets is at season’s end, expect to see Richardson play better.

2016 SEASON REVIEW

Going into his fifth year, Richardson had a very rough season last year. Richardson recorded 38 total tackles, 1.5 quarterback sacks, and one forced fumble. He was disciplined for being late to team meetings and well, was uninspired, to say the least, on the gridiron.

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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK

Expectations are very minimal for Richardson as he will be watched very tightly on what he does on and off the field. He will need to keep his head down and just focus on football.

People have written him off but he will look to return to his Pro Bowl self from a few years ago.

Early on in his career, Richardson was considered one of the best pass rushers in the game. Considering he was in the news for multiple reasons, expect him to go out on the field and play like he knows. All indications have led many to believe he’ll put up his best season yet to again, secure his next big contract in the NFL.

TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION

Richardson is expected to do well in training camp and earn a starting defensive end spot. He will be out to prove the doubters wrong and do his best to stay out of trouble this time around.

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