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Warren Sapp believes Sheldon Richardson’s pass-rush ability is lacking

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Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson had a strong rookie season, one that saw him earn PFT’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Off the field, Richardson drew some attention late in the season by suggesting he would merit consideration as the No. 1 pick if the draft were held again.

However, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp isn’t yet convinced Richardson is an elite player.

“Let’s not anoint this kid the next best thing since sliced bread yet,” Sapp told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for a story published on Wednesday.

Yes, that’s right — we’re back with more defensive-line takes from Warren Sapp.

According to the Daily News, Sapp took issue with Richardson’s belief that he should have been drafted higher.

“As soon as that kid gets off the ‘I think I was better and should have been drafted in a different position,’ maybe he’ll see his future,” Sapp told the paper.

Sapp also told the Daily News that he wasn’t impressed with Richardson’s pass-rush ability. Sapp, according to the Daily News, also believes that Richardson compares more to Albert Haynesworth than himself.

“The sack numbers do not always tell the true story. I agree with that. But he’s not that highly skilled of a pass rusher,” Sapp told the Daily News of Richardson, who had 3.5 sacks as a rookie.

Sapp, for the record, had three sacks in his first NFL season in 1995, then notched nine in his second NFL campaign.

As an accomplished former player, Sapp’s opinion on the game has some credibility, and he’s willing to be critical. He’ll dish it out. Of course, he has to be ready to take some of his medicine, too.

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6 Responses to “Warren Sapp believes Sheldon Richardson’s pass-rush ability is lacking”
  1. doubleogator says: Jan 30, 2014 9:45 AM

    The only NFL defensive line past or present that was great was Warren Sapp, just ask him….

  2. labucs says: Jan 30, 2014 11:15 AM

    Warren was dominant. I remember a Monday Night game against the Colts where he effortlessly walked through the o-line and with one arm bounced Marshall Faulk to the ground for a loss.

  3. footballchic777 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:42 PM

    You could put up old films of Sapp, but change the uniform and tell him it was someone else, and he would find fault. Sapp feels only Sapp is “good enough”.

  4. anonymous135 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:24 PM

    Worst thing to happen to pro football was Sapp getting inducted into the Hall..

    Waiting a few years might have humbled him, because now he can really say whatever he wants and throw out the HOF’er title next to bankrupt immoral bum.

    Certainly deserving with his career he had in Tampa with a great defense and coaching staff.

    He should learn to be a class act and behave with some dignity, but can’t change the trash.

  5. rcali says: Jan 30, 2014 10:14 PM

    Sapp is lacking in money management skills.

  6. jal337 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:16 PM

    I’m so sick of this bum.. All he does is trash talk everyone. You’re a broke bum! You have no right to talk about anyone sapp. Him and Shannon sharpe shouldn’t be allowed to speak on television or give an opinion on anyone. Yes, there were great players.. But they are nothing but trash.

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