Notes/Quotes: It's Good to Have Sheldon Back

Posted Oct 15, 2015

Teammates, Coaches on Richardson's Week at Practice; Stephen Bowen on His Washington 'History'

Sheldon Richardson's teammates and coaches say all systems appear to be go for the third-year defensive end's return to action against Washington on Sunday.

"Just his personality has been outstanding," coordinator Kacy Rodgers said today. "You can see the excitement in the D-line group as well — they got one of their guys back. His whole persona, the way he carries himself, the effort he's been giving at practice this week, it's been very pleasant to have him back."

"It's good to have him back," said LB Calvin Pace, reflecting to his own suspension in 2009, for violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. "I know the feeling of having to sit four games. You feel like you let everybody down. It's tough sitting, watching football, after playing all your life. I'm just glad he's back in his element, preparing for this week and getting a chance to go out and play."

Head coach Todd Bowles spoke Wednesday about welcoming No. 91 back into the fold "with open arms" and said he and his staff have formulated a plan on how to use Richardson against the Redskins. What might the plan be?

"I'll tell you Sunday night," Bowles said. The coach allowed that Richardson could start but that would be based on the alignment the 'Skins open up in, not on anything related to the week of practice.

Bowen's Focus

Before Long Islander Stephen Bowen became a Jet this offseason, he was a Washington D-lineman for four seasons, 50 games and 45 starts. He knows a little bit about the Burgundy & Gold, but he said he wasn't asked to do much guest speaking about the upcoming opponent.

"We went over certain things, just talked about certain players I've played with," Bowe said. "But it's totally different. There's always so much turnover. You've just got to rely on your techniques mostly.

"Of course I have history there, but you have to approach the game like a professional," he said. "This is a game that brings us toward our goals of winning the division, stacking up wins, getting into the playoffs and winning the championships. This is our next opponent and we're working very hard to get our next win."

On Guard

RG Willie Colon said after today's practice that his knee "feels better than yesterday" but that as for his return to the starting lineup, "right now it's up in the air." Bowles said Colon is still limited in practice and he and his staff will "make that decision Friday."

But if Willie rests his aching joint for another week, he noted that his position is in good hands based on how Brian Winters performed in his first start in a year against the Dolphins in London.

"I thought Brian played a hell of a game, man," Colon said. "I felt he got after it, he looked good and he was moving well. [Ndamukong] Suh's no lightweight by any means, and I thought he stood up and played in a big way."


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