Sheldon Richardson continues to be a threat on the Seattle Seahawks defense.
Richardson, who was acquired by the Seahawks via a trade with the Jets in September, played 25 defensive snaps in Seattle’s 24-10 win over the Eagles on Sunday night. He finished with three quarterback hurries, two run stops and one forced fumble in the contest.
“He has really good awareness and savvy and all of that,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. “It shows up really every game; he does something special and he’s a really good reader and feels the line of scrimmage and gets off blocks well, sometime she might get double-teamed, but he’ll spin out of it and make a play. That’s just good sense and good football awareness.
Perhaps Richardson’s biggest play of the game came in the third quarter when he stripped Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz for a touchback that would have otherwise been an Eagles touchdown.
The Seahawks regained possession of the ball on the 20-yard line and avoided a 10-10 score due to Richardson’s pivotal play.
“That’s an amazing play,” Carroll said. “To knock that football out right there is an incredible play . . . I think that one really was the turning point in the game.”
Carroll added the Pro Bowl defensive lineman has dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright to be more effective. “He has been a great facilitator for other guys’ sacks,” Carroll said. “He has been close, causes the problems and other guys make the sack. We see the value there. I think he is really a good player, so that only makes Bobby more effective. It just helps him. He holds the line of scrimmage well. He is a good reader. He takes care of his gaps and responsibilities and stuff and that allows Bobby to play fast and KJ [Wright] too.”
Richardson has 33 tackles, 20 of which are solo, one sack, one interception and one pass defensed through 11 games with the Seahawks.
While Richardson’s statistics aren’t likely strong enough to enter the Defensive Player of the Year conversation, the 27-year-old contributes in an enormous way that benefits his team.
He will continue to be a big factor as the Seahawks enter the season’s fourth quarter. Next up, the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 10.