Jordan Richards on new helmet rule: ‘You have to play within the way they’re calling it’

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

FOXBOROUGH — Jordan Richards didn’t check social media after Thursday’s game, but he had a feeling what might happen.

The Patriots safety made what looked like a perfect form tackle in the preseason game against the Eagles … only to be hit with the first “lowering the head” call of the preseason on New England. Video of his hit quickly popped up across Twitter as part of the instantaneous reaction to the new rule, which has been consistently criticized by fans and players alike.

Richards understands the reaction, and said Monday while he might not necessarily agree with the call,