When the Jets made the trade to send Darrell Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they were looking into the future of the defense to make improvements and restore that top five ranking in the NFL. When they made their two picks in the first round, they Jets pick up Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at No. 9 overall and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson three pick later.
Sunday mark their rookie's first regular season action, but especially for Sheldon Richardson who looked exceptionally well out on the field, he made three tackles with four assists on seven all together along with a half sack with Calvin Pace as the Jets defense took down Josh Freeman three times.
"I try not to put a lot of pressure on myself," said Richardson. "There's no need to put pressure on yourself when you've been playing football since you were five years old. It's that simple. You still have to line up and go against them."
His main opposition was running back Doug Martin as well as the rest of his teammates to try and stop the talented runner for the Buccaneers and he wasn't worried at all.
"He's a great guy and a great player, but we executed," admitted Richardson. "We had a game plan for him and we executed. It was as simple as that."
But after sixty minutes of gut wrenching football the defense was able to hold off the so called explosive offense of the Buccaneers and allowed just 17 points, while 14 of them were given due to poor field position on a bad punt as well as a strip sack of Geno Smith on the Jets five-yard line.
But overall the new editions for the Jets from the draft as well as those who were brought in through free agency have performed well in Week One of this new NFL season. If Rex Ryan's defense continues to gel, it has a real opportunity to become of of the league's elite this year.