It has been a horrid year for the New York Jets this season but one of their brightest sparks has made some very bold claims.
Jets star defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson has claimed that not only is he one of the best D Linemen in the league, he is also on par with Houston Texans J.J Watt.
Watt is having a year unlike any for defensive Lineman and Richardson feels that the two are linked by the same amount of talent.
Richardson is proving to be one of the Jets only positives this season as they are really suffering with a 3-11 record this year.
Richardson has 6.5 sacks to his name this year and despite getting two rushing touchdowns in 2013, hasn't been given an offensive touch this season.
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Richardson leads the Jets defensively this season and he has now compared himself to Watt, but also to some of the other top defensive players in the league.
"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." - Richardson compares himself to J.J Watt
Of course when Richardson says he scores touchdowns, he is referring to the two he scored on offense last year.
The Jets star hasn't scored a defensive touchdown in his NFL career whereas Watt has scored two this season - as well as three on offense.
Watt wasn't the only defensive star who Richardson paired himself with, Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also in Richardson's class if the Jets star is to be believed.
Big week for the Jets
This Sunday the Jets take on the leaders in the AFC East and the #1 seed in the AFC the New England Patriots.
The Patriots are 11-3 this season and already hold one win over the Jets this season after winning a very tight game in week seven.
Richardson will need to have a good game for the Jets on Sunday if they are to slow down LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray and that new Patriots rushing offense.
Blount is listed as questionable for Sunday's game but has given the Patriots a much more effective offense.
Everyone expects the Patriots to leave the MetLife Stadium with the win on Sunday as they continue to try and stay ahead of the Denver Broncos in the race for home field advantage in the post-season.