Richardson, a first-round pick out of Missouri in 2013, had a team-high 8.0 sacks last season, but the Jets won just four games. New York finished No. 6 in yards allowed and No. 24 in point allowed last season.
The Jets have made several key changes this off-season, including hiring Todd Bowles to replace former head coach Rex Ryan, and Richardson is confident the team will improve.
“We strongly feel like we're going to be the top defense in the league and top team in the league, not just defense,” Richardson said in an interview that aired on the team's official website.
“This is going to be a great season,” he said. “I strongly feel like this is going to be a great season for us.”
New York has not made the playoffs since reaching the AFC title game in Ryan’s first two seasons as head coach in 2009 and 2010.
- Paul Palladino