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Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams Led the Way Stopping the Run for the Jets

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One of the stats I've come up with in the last few years is run sacks. The idea is simple. When a player tackles the quarterback for either a loss or no gain on a passing play, he gets credited with a sack. It is a big deal. You don't get the same level of hype when somebody makes a tackle for no gain or a loss on a run play, though. Thus I have created the run sack.

With the season over, I used the Play Index at Pro Football Reference to compile the Jets' run sack totals for 2016.

It is no surprise that Leonard Williams tied for the team lead. What was surprising was that Sheldon Richardson also tied for the team lead. This is really interesting stuff for me because I don't recall Sheldon really popping on the film to the extent the numbers would indicate.

I'll be reviewing the season over and over as the offseason goes on, and this is something I will watch. Perhaps Sheldon's season was not quite as dismal as I (and pretty much everybody) thought it was.

Player Tkl
Sheldon Richardson 22
Leonard Williams 22
Muhammad Wilkerson 12
Darron Lee 11
David Harris 11
Calvin Pryor 7
Deon Simon 7
Steve McLendon 7
Jordan Jenkins 7
Freddie Bishop 5
Rontez Miles 4
Lorenzo Mauldin 3
Erin Henderson 3
Darrelle Revis 3
Jarvis Jenkins 3
Bruce Carter 2
Lawrence Thomas 2
Julian Stanford 2
Ronald Martin 1
Victor Ochi 1
Mike Catapano 1
Marcus Gilchrist 1

As you can see from the league leaders, Sheldon and Leonard rate near the top. As has typically been the case, the Jets had an excellent run defense in 2016 aside from a hiccup in San Francisco. As dismal as many recent Jets seasons have been, one thing they can always count on is a good run defense.

Player Tkl
Bobby Wagner 24
Cameron Jordan 23
Sheldon Richardson 22
Leonard Williams 22
Brandon Graham 21
Christian Kirksey 20
Preston Brown 19
Zach Brown 18
Ndamukong Suh 18
Kawann Short 17
Jadeveon Clowney 16
Aaron Donald 16
Sean Lee 16
Corey Liuget 16
Alec Ogletree 16
Michael Bennett 16
Melvin Ingram 16