Defensive end Leonard Williams has started off red-hot with the New York Jets at the start of training camp.
It’s no secret that the overall defense of the New York Jets needs to develop an identity sooner rather than later. As of right now, their main strength lies in their defensive secondary which has the talent to be an elite unit this upcoming season. Defensive end Leonard Williams is playing as if that won’t be the only thing worth talking about on the Jets defense.
So far during training camp, Williams has been red-hot in positional drills and making his presence known early and often. It’s only been a few days but at the rate that Williams is going, he’s looking like he’s ready to bounce back this upcoming season.
Due to a lingering wrist injury and constantly getting double-teamed last season, Williams didn’t have the impact he had hoped. In 2017, Williams only totaled 22 tackles, two sacks, and didn’t force a single fumble.
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As a defensive end, it’s all about being disruptive against opposing defenses. This time around, Williams is playing as if this could very well be his breakout season with the Jets. At training camp, a reporter from the New York Post couldn’t help but notice his overachieving ways to start things off on a high note.
In an article written by Brian Costello of the New York Post, here is what he witnessed in regards to Williams and everything he’s done so far in training camp:
Leonard Williams has been a wrecking ball in the middle of the Jets defense during these practices. He seems to constantly be beating his man and blowing up plays in the backfield. Williams seems highly motivated as he tries to bounce back from a slightly disappointing 2017 season.
The Jets defensive line could sure use a “wrecking ball” in 2018 as it’s been an area of opportunity for a few years now. Hopefully, everything falls into place for Williams and he becomes a catalyst on defense to go alongside what should be a very good defensive secondary.
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Expect big things out of Williams if he continues to make a name for himself throughout training camp and preseason action. It’s time to let the Big Cat out and start racking up sacks again like he did just a few years ago.