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Sheldon Richardson is November’s top defensive rookie

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The Jets’ season has taken a turn for the worse over the last couple of weeks, but that can’t put much of a damper on the excellent rookie season that defensive end Sheldon Richardson has turned in.

Richardson has been the better of the team’s two first-round picks and he’s been one of the best rookies in the league this season regardless of position. That’s why he was named the NFL’s defensive rookie of the month on Wednesday.

Richardson had 22 tackles, four of them for losses, and a half-sack in three games for the Jets this season. His productivity up front has helped the Jets be one of the stingiest teams in the league against the run and that defensive effort is the main reason why the Jets have gone 5-6 and stuck around the Wild Card race despite a staggeringly ineffective offense.

Things should continue to go well on the defensive line for the Jets. Richardson has teamed with 2011 first-rounder Muhammad Wilkerson, 2012 first-rounder Quinton Coples and nose tackle Damon Harrison to form a young and talented unit that should continue to thrive well after the 2013 season comes to an end.

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12 Responses to “Sheldon Richardson is November’s top defensive rookie”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    One of the few bright spots on the Jets.

  2. kcflake says: Nov 27, 2013 11:20 AM

    Another Mizzou Star playing well in the league. Nice to See. Congrats Sheldon. We are rooting for you. (Take That Mike Greenberg, who questioned drafting S. Richardson).

  3. mrfrostyj says: Nov 27, 2013 11:31 AM

    The Colts are interested in trading for him to start at running back.

  4. pftfan says: Nov 27, 2013 11:45 AM

    I remember Mel Kiper Jr. having a conniption when he was drafted by the Jets because he couldn’t fathom how he would fit into Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.

    Just keep that in mind that when you watch Mel get another one wrong during next year’s draft coverage.

  5. itsunclepauley says: Nov 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    That’s three games this *month,* not season

  6. itsunclepauley says: Nov 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    Wilkerson, Richardson, Harrison:

    Sons of Anarchy

  7. bcfalcon says: Nov 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    Even as a pats fan i have to admit the jets did it right by drafting this guy! He’s really come into his own in, especially when it comes to rush defense.

  8. topcommenter says: Nov 27, 2013 1:04 PM

    22 tackles and 1/2 a sack earns you the “defensive player of the month award”?

    wow

  9. ohnoflorio says: Nov 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    @topcommenter watch the tape before you talk dude. This kid is great, not good — great. Give me your defensive rookie for November — I’d love to hear this one.

  10. emaney477 says: Nov 27, 2013 4:02 PM

    itsunclepauley | Nov 27, 2013, 11:54 AM EST
    Wilkerson, Richardson, Harrison:

    Sons of Anarchy

    Not bad. I was actually goin with “My 3 sons”. Lol

  11. multiplemiggs says: Nov 27, 2013 5:17 PM

    Sons of Anarchy baby

  12. kev86 says: Nov 27, 2013 7:39 PM

    Millner was a bad pick.

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