Leonard Williams praises competitiveness at Jets OTAs

New York Jets Leonard Williams (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
New York Jets Leonard Williams (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets are ready to make huge improvements in 2019, and veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams is loving the energy he’s seeing from his teammates in offseason workouts.

As he enters a contract year, former top-10 draft pick Leonard Williams is ready for his Jets to take things to the next level.

If the early returns from organized team activities are any indications, big things could indeed be in store for the Gang Green this season.

Williams is already loving the intensity level of this year’s workouts leading up to training camp (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):

That’s one thing I’ve been loving so much about this year so far, the competitiveness. It starts with the coaches. Adam Gase is a crazy offensive coordinator and Gregg [Williams] is obviously a crazy D-coordinator, so having those two go at it at practice kind of trickles down to the players, who go at it, too. It’s in a healthy way. It’s competition, getting better.

Williams is also excited about the style of defense he and his teammates will be playing under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams:

I don’t want to get into specifics, but there’s just certain things that Gregg expects out of us that’ll help us not sink and help us not react, but just attack. Sometimes it’s like, ‘If this happens, it’s okay. We have linebackers for a reason.’ It’s just helping us get off the ball and attack, attack, attack. I just love the mentality.

Williams has plenty riding on his own performance this season, but an upgrade supporting cast should certainly help both himself and his team reach new heights this season.

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