One day after he was waived by the St. Louis Rams, third-year running back Daryl Richardson was awarded to the New York Jets off waivers. The move continues to stockpiling of running backs the Jets have done this offseason, which is a smart move by the team’s brass and coaching staff.
Richardson joins Alex Green, Mike Goodson, Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell on the Jets’ roster with the growing notion the team will go back to its ground-and-pound philosophy on offense, especially after New York realized Geno Smith isn’t going to make them an elite passing team, especially with Eric Decker as his No. 1 receiver.
While the majority of the teams in the league continued to build their offenses and defenses around the passing game in free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft, a few teams are getting ready to run right over those teams on their way to deep playoff runs.
Of course, even the best running back still needs a good offensive line and a decent quarterback to keep opposing defenses honest, but if the Jets are truly preparing to go to a run-heavy attack with their stable of running backs, they may actually be a squad no other team wants to face this year, as head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday.
Richardson was a very brief spot at times for the Rams, but his role in their offense as a former seventh-round pick was completely destroyed when Zac Stacy emerged as the bell cow in St. Louis. At least now he gets a chance with a team that at least appears to be doing the right things in preparation for the 2014-15 NFL season.