Richardson looks to build on Rookie Honors

Earning the defensive rookie of the year award last season, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson is one the NFL's t budding superstar. Find out how the second year pro can improve on a stellar rookie campaign.

During the 2012-2013 season the New York Jets came into the start of the season as a team contending for the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes, rather than a playoff berth. However, thanks to the emergence of Sheldon Richardson and the rest of the Jets' ferocious defensive line, Gang Green competed for a playoff spot much of the season, finishing a feel good 8-8 on the year.

Now, Richardson, coming off winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and garnishing a spot in NFL Network's Top 100 Players list is looking for team success. Along with Richardson, the Jets' dominant defensive line includes Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison, a unit that has become the identity of Gang Green.

For Richardson, in 2013, his tenacity and motor jumped off the screen. Now, however, he's looking to improve his sack numbers and pass rushing efficiency, in order to send himself a ticket to the Pro Bowl. The ability to stop the run and get to the quarterback has become a recipe for success, and Richardson, along with the rest of Gang Green's line, are prepared to be the perfect ingredients for a trip to the playoffs this upcoming season.

If the Jets have success in 2013-2014, it will be due to the improved success of an already dominant defensive line.


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