The Rams parted ways with running back Daryl Richardson on Thursday, but it wasn’t a long wait before Richardson found a new place of employment.
The Jets have been awarded Richardson on waivers after putting in a claim on the third-year back. Richardson joins a backfield that already includes Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson.
Richardson impressed as a rookie in 2012, running for 475 yards on 98 carries but slumped in 2013 while dealing with the effects of a toe injury he suffered early in the season. If the time off has brought him back to health, Richardson could be a nice find for a Jets offense that’s looking for all the offensive playmakers they can find this offseason.
Bringing Richardson in may seem redundant given all the other options already on hand in the backfield, but General Manager John Idzik may just be taking a page from the playbook of his former colleagues in Seattle. The Seahawks have emphasized competition for spots on the 53-man roster in recent years and it seems the Jets will be doing the same at running back this year.