Sheldon Richardson of the New York Jets has proved his versatility this year. With the team badly injured at linebacker, Richardson has already played some time at both inside and outside linebacker this season. And against the Ravens this past Sunday, he moved back to his normal position, defensive end, which helped the Jets get their first win since Week Two.
Now normally players prefer to stick at one position, but Richardson doesn’t mind the flexibility with where he lines up. In fact he thinks it’s actually going to make him more money.
“I can show numbers, but I also like showing film. My film don’t lie,” Richardson said. “You took a three technique [player] that was drafted in the first round and pulled him to outside linebacker and he held his own, that’s just building up a résumé. That’s just how I look at it.
“I think it’ll give me more money.”
Richardson was adamant that he would rather play out of position than be out of the game, even if it is just for a few snaps. That being said, his preference will always be on the defensive line.
“I’m good at everything, but I’m great at three technique,” Richardson said. “I’m gonna just leave it at that. I know where my home is.”
Richardson’s versatility certainly isn’t going unnoticed to other teams in the NFL. In fact it’s actually made him someone other teams covet greatly.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, teams have been calling the Jets about acquiring the former Defensive Rookie of the Year. There have been talks about a deal but nothing is imminent at the moment.