NY Jets 2015 Spotlight: Marcus Williams
Last season for the NY Jets, cornerback Marcus Williams made his presence known and will carry his momentum towards competing for a starting spot on defense.
Will Williams be given the opportunity to take the second cornerback position next season as he continues to grow as a player for the Jets? Williams has had a tough road in finding a team to fit on for the style of defense he feels comfortable with. He came into the NFL undrafted and was signed by the Houston Texans in 2014 but was quickly released by the team during the preseason.
The Jets jumped on the opportunity and signed him to the practice squad the same year. He was brought onto the main roster in October and made a name for himself when he had a game high of seven tackles and one pass defensed. Even though he didn’t get much playing time for the team last season, he made the best of it. In 2015, he had 14 tackles and a career high six interceptions. He helped out big in a lot of games last season, especially against divisional opponents.
Williams isn’t that tall of a corner at his position but he is willing to use his body to disrupt passes, which helps him make plays. He is able to read and roam on deep routes which is very helpful on defense and when he gets help from his fellow safeties, it makes the window for the quarterbacks very tight.
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He also is a hard hitter that would make receivers on other teams think twice about running anywhere near him.
Williams also has good hands and timing when he has to come back to the ball. He has very quick feet and uses his keen defensive abilities to always find ways to contribute.
Overall, Williams has a great chance in becoming one of the starters for the team next season which he should take full advantage of.
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He has a lot of things to work on in being able to fix his coverage techniques but the talent is there. He is still young and has a lot to learn but he could be a key asset to the team in becoming an anchor on their defensive secondary. It’s only a matter of time to see what Williams does in 2016 because it will be a crucial year for him to separate himself from the rest.