The New York Jets are on crunch time as they can’t afford to lose another football game from here on out. Luckily for them, defensive end Leonard Williams is fully healthy and ready for redemption.
Unfortunately for defensive end Leonard Williams, he’s been dealing with a sprained left wrist injury for a while now. It’s been such a nagging injury, it’s easy to see why he hasn’t been his usual dominant self on the Jets defensive line as the football world saw in the past.
So far this season, Williams has only totaled 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Thanks to the Week 11 bye for the Jets, it gave Williams some much-needed rest to prepare for the final six games of the regular season.
At 4-6, the Jets still have a shot at making the NFL Playoffs but needless to say, they need to win out and can’t afford to lose a single football game. Since Williams is fully healthy heading into Week 12’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, he could be the catalyst the Jets and their defense needs to push the envelope.
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It’s no secret that the Jets defense, while it has improved compared to last season, needs more consistency from their pass rush. When it comes to their defensive line, both Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson have underachieved and unfortunately, not lived up to the hype of being the next fearsome duo racking up a plethora of sacks.
While both have been dealing with their respective injuries, this year’s bye week for the Jets couldn’t have come at a better time. Both players and well, others on the roster that are dinged up, earned a week of rest to get ready and do whatever it takes to end the season on a high note.
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Williams is not only capable of returning to his roots of being a premier pass rusher and sack specialist but could be the catalyst this young team needs to deliver even more results. Williams is ready for redemption of his slow start at the beginning of the season and will undoubtedly inspire this young defense to continue overachieving.