Defensive end Leonard Williams is the oldest tenured player on the New York Jets defensive line and is ready to step up big time this upcoming season.
Wow, have things changed when it comes to the New York Jets defensive line. Years ago it was a feared unit capable of taking down quarterbacks faster than a New York minute and pressuring them to make key mistakes to capitalize on. As of late? It’s been abysmal.
Last season, the Jets defensive line wasn’t consistent and lacked a quality pass rush. The truth of the matter is, they couldn’t take down opposing quarterbacks and it turned their defense into one that simply couldn’t get the job done. Hopefully, all that is about to change thanks to a splendid offseason and players returning ready to prove their worth.
After news of defensive end Leonard Williams being brought back by the Jets in 2019 by picking up his fifth-year option, expectations continue to be high for him. As per Brian Costello of the New York Post, here’s what Williams said about his personal goals with the Jets this upcoming season:
Leonard Williams said he wants to turn QB hits into sacks this season. Said his goal is to take the step to the next level. #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) April 16, 2018
Williams is entering his fourth season with the Jets and considering he’s the oldest tenured player on the defensive line, can step up and be the next young leader in the locker room. One that can rally his teammates to deliver in the clutch and continue to push the Jets back into being contenders again.
The Jets are figured to be another year or two away from everything falling into place but make no mistake about it, Williams is one of their cornerstone players they plan to build around for many years to come. If he can be just a step quicker, a bit more focused, and continue to be the beast of a defensive end he has been over the years, he’ll undoubtedly have his best season yet with the Jets.
It all starts now since the Jets officially began their offseason workouts this week. Of course, Williams is there on Day 1 ready to continue to hone his craft to be a complete defensive end that will be a force to reckon with. Looking at his personal goals for the upcoming season, expect to his name called out a lot more than Jets fans saw last season since he’s hitting the gridiron with purpose and determination.