Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson says when it comes to elite defensive linemen he is on the same level as Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.
Richardson, the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, said there are only a few differences between the two.
"J.J. Watt, he's got a few more sacks than me, but it's the same type of disruption," Richardson said to ESPN.com. "He's a little more active, I'll give you that, but we have the same type of determination, same heart, same skills. He scores touchdowns, I score touchdowns."
This season, Watt has 64 total tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception and is second in the NFL with 16.5 sacks. He has also scored five touchdowns. Richardson has 60 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Richardson hasn’t had a chance to carry the ball this season after scoring two rushing touchdowns last season.
"The same people you see mentioned every day, getting big contracts, I'm on the same level," Richardson said. "I don't put them over me, I don't put them under me. Most definitely, it's the same comparison, really.”
The Jets (3-11) have lost three of their last four games. They play AFC East Champion New England on Sunday.
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