New York Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams turned to an alternative method to prepare for his first NFL training camp.
It took until the eleventh hour for the New York Jets to lock up their top draft pick on his rookie deal, but No. 3 overall selection Quinnen Williams arrived just in time to shine in his first training camp.
Williams hit the ground running in Florham Park, looking more like a battle-tested veteran than a redshirt sophomore who left college two years early.
How did Williams keep himself in top shape heading into camp? The answer might surprise you (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
I just worked out on my own, there’s not really much else I can do. I can YouTube everything, I don’t really have to go pay a superstar-performance dude, I can just YouTube and do it. You’re going to go on the field by yourself, you can’t take the performance coach with you. I just YouTubed a lot, I did a lot of stuff that we do here over and over. I did a lot of conditioning and I ran track a lot because I saw DeSean Jackson running track all the time, so I got me some track cleats and started running the track all the time. I had a conditioning test, so it got me in great shape for it.
Williams needed just one season as a starter at Alabama to establish himself as one of the most dominant defenders in all of college football, showing off his rare combination of size, strength, athleticism and versatility. He brings that skill set to a defensive line already loaded with veteran talent in the form of Leonard Williams, Henry Anderson and Steve McClendon.
Some folks may knock the younger generation and their dependence on modern technology and social media, but Williams is proving today’s prospects are using those things to their advantage.