24-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – New York Jets
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Still just 24, Richardson has already logged two elite IDP seasons. While his tackles declined slightly from his rookie year (78 to 67), he developed significantly as a pass rusher, increasing his sac...
Sheldon Richardson Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract with the Jets in July 2013.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he expects to have Richardson (suspension) back for Week 6 against the Redskins, ESPN.com reports.
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Sheldon Richardson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Richardson will miss the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, but the league's also looking into whether he violated the personal conduct policy. He was charged with resisting arrest after a July 14 incident, and his arraignment is scheduled for August 31. Obviously, any added time to his suspension would make him little more than a lottery ticket IDP pick.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Among the charges were resisting arrest and other traffic violations, which will be accompanied by a mandatory court date in St. Charles County, Mo. on Oct. 27, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. The development places Richardson's status for the upcoming campaign in even further doubt, as it comes so soon after his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Until the commissioner's office makes a ruling on the recent arrest, though, he's scheduled to return to duty after the Jets' Week 5 bye against Washington on Oct. 18.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)As a result, Richardson, who is coming off a season in which he recorded 67 tackles and eight sacks, will see a reduction in his IDP value in re-draft formats, but he'll be worthy of an in-season pickup once his suspension is complete.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Richardson has long been identified as one of football's most athletically-gifted defenders, even going back to his days as a high school recruit. The high expectations only grew taller once the Jets selected the Missouri product 13th overall in last year's draft, particularly since it meant he would receive coaching from Jets coach Rex Ryan, arguably the brightest defensive mind in the NFL. One year later, it looks like Richardson might have been the best player in his draft. He posted 3.5 sacks and 78 tackles as a rookie, playing a lead role in a Jets defense that allowed the fewest yards per carry in the league. That tackle number might go down, but Richardson should only improve as a pass rusher as he continues to develop his hand usage and play recognition. Fellow Jets end Muhammad Wilkerson is an elite pocket-collapsing threat on the opposite side, so the duo should continue to push tackle and sack opportunities toward each other. Richardson's IDP value gets a unique boost from the potential to play on offense. The Jets gave him four carries a year ago, two of which he turned into touchdowns.
Richardson is a rare athlete at tackle who should be an absolute menace on stunts. He'll play end for the Jets' 3-4 scheme, however, and his arrival could signal a move to nose tackle for Muhammad Wilkerson, who has the stoutest build of the Jets' big three on the line, that being Richardson, Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. Richardson had issues in run defense at Missouri and will need to learn how to transfer his explosiveness into anchoring at the point of attack rather than just pursuing wildly like he did at Missouri, but Rex Ryan is the exact coach you would want to mentor him.