The 24-year-old might be the Jets’ most valuable player. A first alternate for the Pro Bowl last year, he heads into his fourth season with even higher expectations.
A little over a month since Sam announced his desire to become the first openly gay NFL player, he lifted 225 pounds 19 times, ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.69 seconds and jumped 30 inches.
“I lived with Michael Sam,” Richardson said. “Regular guy, has his own sexuality. Didn’t take nothing from him. He was a great teammate, a great person. Everything you wanted out of him, you got out of him.”
Peyton Manning has won his fifth Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.
Jets DE Sheldon Richardson was named the NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year. Richardson received 23 votes; Kiko Alonso, a second-round choice (46th overall), got 19 votes.
“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. Let’s not anoint this kid the next best thing since sliced bread yet.”
Following the Jets’ 20-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Jets owner Woody Johnson announced that head coach Rex Ryan will return in 2014.
According to an NFL executive, the Jets will likely opt to bring back Rex Ryan. Neither general manager John Idzik nor owner Woody Johnson have commented on the head coach’s job security.
The Jets and Giants’ seasons end on Sunday, of course. But neither squad should go unrepresented on Friday night when the NFL announces its Pro Bowl squad at 9 p.m.
The Jets’ players seem to have just one wish this holiday season: bring head coach Rex Ryan back!
Geno Smith took some razzing from his coaches as they watched film of New York’s victory. This time, it wasn’t for a turnover. It was for the rookie quarterback acting like a tough guy.
Geno Smith has been mistake-prone, and so has Dee Milliner. But Sheldon Richardson has been outstanding, and the fact that the Jets have five rookies starting, well, the coach thinks that bodes well for the franchise.
“I think we’re capable of being there. If guys just do their jobs and do their assignments and fix the mental breakdowns that we’ve been having, I think we’ll finish strong and be a playoff team.”
“You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F–k you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’ It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout (in 2010). It’s just bitter Jets fans.”
If the defense can continue to give a solid account of itself, the team will have a chance to improve and Ryan may just put a crimp in Idzik’s offseason plans to hire a new head coach.