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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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08/27/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson is undergoing counseling following a disastrous offseason in which he was suspended four games by the NFL for failing repeated marijuana tests and charged with resisting arrest following a high-speed car chase in his native Missouri. Richardson may face additional NFL sanctions once that court case is resolved.
The counseling is taking place through the Jets. Richardson said Wednesday he was initially reluctant to participate in it, but that his parents convinced him to give it a shot.
08/15/15 - DL Sheldon Richardson has gone from potential All-Pro to playing with the second team in an exhibition game. That's the precipitous fall he has traveled in the past eight months.
Of course, it's all Richardson's fault. Richardson was viewed as a potential franchise player for the Jets before this summer, when he received a four-game suspension for failing multiple marijuana tests and was arrested following a high-speed car chase in Missouri.
Richardson played just five snaps -- all in the second quarter -- in Thursday's preseason opener. That's consistent with the usage he's seen during training camp, when he has worked with the second-teamers.
"I brought it on myself," Richardson said Thursday. "So I've got to handle it accordingly."
Rookie Leonard Williams is expected to start for however long Richardson is out. Richardson is likely to face additional punishment from the NFL for his arrest in Missouri, though that may not come until his case is settled. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 31.
07/06/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the policy on substances of abuse. Multiple reports said the suspension is for marijuana use.
"This is disappointing for Sheldon and the team. We're going to support Sheldon and welcome him back upon his return. We will keep moving forward with our preparations for the upcoming season," first-year Jets coach Todd Bowles said in a statement.
Defensive line depth is a strength for the Jets, but Richardson is one of the best five-technique ends in the NFL.
"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans. However, words aren't enough," Richardson said. "This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field."
12/29/14 - DL Sheldon Richardson (head injury) left in the second quarter of the Jets' 37-24 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He is reportedly in the concussion protocol. Richardson had a sack before exiting and finished the season leading the Jets in sacks (eight) and quarterback hurries (49).
12/07/14 - DT Sheldon Richardson finished the game with seven tackles and three sacks, including one in the end zone for his first career safety. Richardson entered the day with seven career sacks.
11/28/14 - DT Sheldon Richardson (back) took part in positional drills during Friday's practice. Head coach Rex Ryan said afterward he is hopeful Richardson can play against the Dolphins on Monday. Richardson, who has yet to miss a regular season game in two seasons as a pro, missed Wednesday's practice with an injury sustained in a 38-3 loss to the Bills on Monday.
11/26/14 - DT Sheldon Richardson (back) sat out Wednesday's practice. Head coach Rex Ryan said it was a precaution and that he expected Richardson, who was hurt during the Jets; 38-3 loss to the Bills on Monday, to be fine for this Monday's game against the Dolphins
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.