Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/13 - Sheldon Richardson, DT, 6-3, 294, Missouri...Viewed as a bit of a reach by many draftniks, but Richardson fills a glaring need for a team that lost its two starting nose tackles and whose rush defense fell to 26th in the NFL last season. Richardson only played two years at Missouri but led the SEC with 75 tackles last year and recorded 30 tackles on third or fourth down. - The Sports Xchange
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12/27/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson learned Tuesday he was fined $15,000 by the NFL for the roughing the passer penalty he drew in the second quarter of the Jets' 24-13 win over the Browns on Sunday. Richardson, who took to Twitter after the game to complain about the penalty, said Thursday he is appealing the fine.
12/23/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) underwent X-rays Sunday following the Jets' 24-13 win over the Browns. Richardson, who has been playing with a shoulder injury much of the season and also underwent X-rays after the Jets' loss to the Panthers a week earlier, aggravated the injury in the second quarter Sunday and went to the locker room before returning to finish the game. Richardson had six tackles and one quarterback hit Sunday.
12/18/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (wrist, finger) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. Richardson, who was later seen in the locker room with tape around his right pinkie finger, has also battled a chronic shoulder injury this year. He played 51 of the Jets' 64 snaps on defense in the 30-20 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, when he also rushed for a one-yard touchdown.
12/17/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) was evaluated Sunday night following the Jets' 30-20 loss to the Panthers. Richardson declined to comment on the injury, which he has battled most of the season. Richardson played in 51 of the Jets' 64 snaps on defense. He made a bit of Jets history Sunday, when he rushed for a one-yard touchdown in a 30-20 loss to the Panthers. Richardson is the first Jets defensive tackle to score a touchdown via a carry or a reception. He actually carried the ball on consecutive plays in the third quarter, when he gained one yard on a carry from the 2-yard line before his scoring plunge.
11/27/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. Richardson, whom the Jets selected 13th overall in April's draft, had a sack, 23 tackles and seven quarterback hurries in three games this month. He has established himself as one of the leading candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors by becoming a starter for the Jets and racking up 3.5 sacks, 59 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed in 11 games.
09/25/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Richardson has yet to miss a game, but head coach Rex Ryan said Richardson has been bothered by a shoulder ailment for weeks. Richardson told Newsday that he has a shoulder contusion. Richardson has eight tackles and 1.5 sacks this season.
09/18/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday but doesn't appear to be in danger of missing the Jets' game against the Bills on Sunday. Richardson told the Metro New York newspaper that he was suffering from a stinger. Coach Rex Ryan lauded the toughness of Richardson, whom the Jets selected in the first round of April's draft, during his press conference Wednesday.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/13 - Sheldon Richardson, DT, 6-3, 294, Missouri...Viewed as a bit of a reach by many draftniks, but Richardson fills a glaring need for a team that lost its two starting nose tackles and whose rush defense fell to 26th in the NFL last season. Richardson only played two years at Missouri but led the SEC with 75 tackles last year and recorded 30 tackles on third or fourth down. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Richardson answers an immediate need. The Jets released starting nose tackle Sione Po'uha after the season and lost defensive tackle Mike DeVito to the Chiefs as a free agent. Richardson wasn't linked to the Jets in the days and weeks leading up to the draft, nor was he considered the top defensive tackle prospect available. But he was the first defensive tackle taken and should quickly help shore up a run defense that has sagged over the last two years.
In just his second season of Division I ball, Richardson, who spent his first two years in junior college, was named second-team All-SEC after registering a league-high 75 tackles, including 10.5 for loss. Thirty of his tackles came on third or fourth down. He also had 4.5 sacks and won acclaim for his play as a pass rusher and in coverage over the middle. That could come in especially handy for the Jets, who have to go up against the Patriots' tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez twice a year.
Like Milliner, Richardson does come with some medical red flags: He also had shoulder surgery following his final season. One thing he certainly doesn't lack is confidence. Asked to describe himself during a conference call late Thursday, Richardson said he was a "Sheldon Richardson-type of player." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 10. DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (6-3, 294, 4JR)...Richardson is a disruptive force when firing on all cylinders. He needs to improve his pad level and stay under control, but his natural athleticism is impressive. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com