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Jets' defense struggled when highly-paid D-line trio played together

Jets' defense struggled when highly-paid D-line trio played together
Published On: Fri, May 19
Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones (20) makes an interception with less than a minute left on pass intended forNew York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85) at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Is Sheldon Richardson worth keeping?

It's a question the New York Jets have been mulling for months, one they will continue to examine. If they don't trade him before or during the upcoming season, they will have to decide if they want to re-sign him as a free agent in 2018.

Some might argue it behooves them to keep the Richardson-Leonard Williams-Muhammad Wilkerson troika together, giving them a potent one-two-three punch on the defensive line. We're talking about three talented players, a havoc-wreaking trio that boosts the defense whenever they're on the field at the same time.

Except that wouldn't be accurate.

This might be hard to believe, but the defense was terrible last season when the Big Three played together. I'd like to say, "You can look it up," but you can't. Those statistics are virtually impossible to unearth, but our man Zach Mariner from ESPN Stats & Information did just that.

Richardson, Wilkerson and Williams played together for 513 of the 998 defensive snaps last season, and the results were ugly -- 8.0 yards per pass attempt, a bloated 79.6 QBR, a 19-2 touchdown/interception ratio and only six sacks.

That's not what you call dominant defense.

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