Mike O’Connor on how dominant Sheldon Richardson is truly becoming
Defensive Rookie of the Year award winner Sheldon Richardson was already practically a star entering his sophomore year in the NFL. In a surprising change from his dominance as a pass rusher at Missouri, Richardson demolished running lanes as his primary strength as a rookie. In his second year, he has begun to flourish as a pass rusher. His performance this past week against the Vikings without Muhammad Wilkerson was a perfect demonstration of his strides in this area.
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Mike Donnelly with post-game reaction to last night’s Jets vs. Giants game
As the meaningful part of the preseason comes to a close before the Caleb Schlauderaff and Ellis Lanksters of the football world battle it out against the Eagles in the last tune-up game before Week 1, the New York Jets unfortunately still have plenty of questions that need to be answered. The less-than-thrilling victory over the Giants in last night’s game did little to resolve these questions, and the Jets face a lot of uncertainty as the game that actually counts against Tampa Bay looms just two weeks away. Continue reading “Where Do the New York Jets Stand Now?”
Connor Rogers on the New York Jets building their defense from the inside out
When the Jets selected Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick they acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Darrelle Revis, the fan base was quite shocked. The Jets had taken defensive linemen with their first and third round picks in 2011 (Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis) and also with their first round pick in 2012 (Quinton Coples). With so much talent accumulated upfront now, Richardson’s development along with the rest of the interior line could possibly be the most vital aspect to the team’s future success on defense.
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Chris Gross with a look at the Jets building a defensive foundation on the defensive front.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a great amount of discussion about what type of scheme the Jets are moving toward on the defensive side of the ball. First, the Sheldon Richardson selection fueled speculation that the team was working toward moving to more of a 4-3 base look as opposed to the 3-4 base defense that Rex Ryan has been so successful with throughout his coaching career in the NFL. These ideas were partially debunked last week when the Jets announced that second year defensive end Quinton Coples would be making a positional change to outside linebacker, the thought process being if New York was, in fact, moving to a base 4-3 front, they would not be moving Coples from what seems to be his natural position to a position he has much less experience at for the sake of the scheme.
So what is New York planning to do on defense for 2013 and beyond? The answer, which may be surprising to some, is nothing too different from what they have done since the arrival of Ryan in 2009. But why then, would the team use a first round selection on Richardson, who is at his best as a penetrating 3 technique, rather than selecting a player like Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, who spent nearly his entire productive collegiate career as a 3-4 pass rushing outside linebacker and who would seemingly be a better fit for such a scheme than a player like Richardson? The answer lies in what the Jets have done, and the vision that Ryan seems to have for his defense moving forward.
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Mike Nolan takes a deeper look at New York Jets draft pick Sheldon Richardson to see where he fits in Rex Ryan’s defense
The Jets’ second first round pick last night left a lot of people scratching their heads. The concern wasn’t focused on Sheldon Richardson’s talent, but focused on the fact that they selected a defensive lineman in the first round for the third straight year despite more urgent needs at other positions. No matter what you think about the selection, it’s important to take a look at what Richardson could bring to the Jets defense before completely passing judgment. Continue reading “A Closer Look at Sheldon Richardson and the Jets Defense”
Initial reaction to the New York Jets selecting Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson in the first round
Are we so sure that Rex Ryan is a lame duck coach who has no influence in Florham Park anymore? Tonight felt an awful lot like many previous drafts with Rex Ryan as the head coach, as the New York Jets selected a defensive lineman in the first round for the third straight year and added a cornerback in the first round for the second time in three years.
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Lead NFL Draft Editor, Chris Gross, begins his series of top ten draft prospects by position with a look at this year’s class of defensive tackles.
As we get closer to draft night on the 25th of this month, Turn On The Jets lead NFL Draft Editor, Chris Gross, will be doing a series of positional rankings that will highlight the top 10 players in this year’s draft, by position. Today, we begin with a look at our top 10 defensive tackle prospects. Be sure to check back, as we will continue our rankings series right through the start of round one in just under a month from now.
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