Training Camp Profile: CB Marcus Williams
By Michael Pallas
In 2015, the New York Jets seemed to shine everywhere, especially on defense. Marcus Williams was part of that. Here’s his training camp profile heading into the regular season.
The New York Jets had one of their best seasons ever. in 2015. Cornerback Marcus Williams was a catalyst for it. He had six interceptions, a forced fumble and recovered one fumble.
Then, 2016 happened, and everything seemingly fell right into the toilet for the Jets. Here’s a look at his profile heading into training camp.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
Williams was ok in 2016 but not as spectacular as he was in 2015. He had 29 solo tackles and one sack. With that said, his 2016 was a roller coaster.
According to Eliot Crist of Pro Football Focus, Williams was played in all three corner spots (left, right and slot) in 2016, with mixed results. He allowed a passer rating of 134.3 (a perfect passer rating is 158.3) when playing the slot and left corner. Here is what Crist had to say about Williams:
Williams had his most success out of the right corner position where he allowed a QB rating of 71.5 when he was the primary defender in coverage (compared to a 134.3 QB rating from the left and the slot).
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However, when playing the right corner, he allowed a passer rating of 71.5. He also allowed an average of 7.97 yards after the catch, which was second-most among those that qualified for the stat.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
With Darrelle Revis out, it’s time for Williams to show what he’s made of. Williams will get the chance to start barring injury. According to the same Pro Football Focus piece, new Jets cornerback, Morris Claiborne, played 90.5 percent of his coverage snaps on the left side. Williams is clearly more comfortable playing on the right side. So, we are likely to see closer to the 2015 Williams than last year’s version.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Going into camp, the Jets have 10 players listed as cornerbacks on their official roster page. Williams is certainly one of their best. So, he won’t get cut. He will make the final 53-man roster when it’s all said and done. In his fourth season, Williams will finally get the chance to show what he can do on the football field.