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Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson rushes twice, scores second time

Eric Edholm
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The New York Jets have received one offensive touchdown each from Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and ... Sheldon Richardson.

Starved for offense, the Jets handed off to the first-round defensive tackle Richardson twice on two straight goal-line carries, and on the second attempt he powered through with a 1-yard score that cut the Carolina Panthers' lead to 16-13. Richardson powered through a tackle attempt, lowered his head and used his defensive mentality to find the end zone.

The Jets have used Richardson as a short-yardage fullback a few times this season, but these were his first carries in the NFL. He was a former tight end in high school, and at Mizzou the coaches lined up him in several different techniques in college, and he even stood up as a linebacker a few times.

Richardson, of course, is a defensive tackle by trade first, and he has had a terrific rookie season after being the 13th pick in the draft. He also seemed to hurt Panthers quarterback Cam Newton right before the end of the half after tackling him.

But he hadn't played running back until he got to the pros. Something tells us that Buddy Ryan would approve of son Rex's usage of the 290-pounder.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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