IDP Analysis: Rip in the Steel Curtain
IDP Analysis: Rip in the Steel Curtain

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

RISING

Sheldon Richardson, (3-4) DE, NYJ

Richardson returns for the Jets this week after serving a one-game suspension due to violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Even in his first game back, Richardson should provide solid DL2 utility against the Bills on Thursday. Richardson totaled 35 tackles and five sacks on just 618 snaps last year, and if he pushes for about 55 snaps per game in 2016, that rate of production would project to roughly 47 tackles and seven sacks. Richardson displayed a higher tackle frequency in the two years prior, however, so something in the range of 65 tackles and seven sacks in 15 games appears more likely.

Sio Moore, (3-4) ILB, IND

Moore's role seems somewhat capped – the Colts gave a combined 27 snaps to Adam Morrison and Josh McNary – but Moore generally operated as a three-down linebacker for the Colts against Detroit on Sunday. He logged 47 snaps, which was just four fewer than clear-lead linebacker D'Qwell Jackson's total. He had a big game in the uptempo showdown, finishing with 13 tackles (10 solo) after finishing the entire 2015 season with the same number. Moore has flashed major IDP upside, most notably his 2014 season when he finished with 90 tackles and three sacks in 11 games, so he could keep it going if he stays healthy.

Deion Jones, OLB, ATL

Jones is a rookie who's built more conventionally like a safety than a linebacker at just 6-foot-1, 222, but

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