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Jets Roster Analysis: Will 2016 Be Less Turbulent for Sheldon Richardson?

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Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Sheldon Richardson.

Name: Sheldon Richardson

Number: 91

Year With Jets: 4th

Projected Role: Impact starter

His 2015: It was a turbulent year for the star defensive lineman. He was suspended for the first four games due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. There was another off field incident during the summer for Richardson, which could lead to additional punishment this year. On the field, Richardson was his typical productive self for the most part. Late in the season, the Jets started experimenting with giving him snaps at outside linebacker. He looked like a fish out of water, uncomfortable with playing in space. Todd Bowles has indicated Richardson will return to the line ful-time.

2016 will be a success if: Richardson both plays like the dominant force he has always been and acts like a model citizen off the field. His free agency is still two years away, but last year's off field problems might have given the Jets some pause as to whether they want to lock him up long-term. A year where he shows he is turning things around would help his cause.

Odds of making the roster: Lock (>99%)