Jets DL Leonard Williams getting comfortable in new defense
By Luke Easterling
The New York Jets have a new defense under Gregg Williams, and veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams is feeling right at home in this year’s scheme.
We’re just a few days into Jets training camp, and Leonard Williams is already loving the new scheme defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is bringing to the table.
The former top-10 pick is also feeding off the energy that his new coach is instilling on the practice field.
Williams is getting more comfortable by the day in Williams’ aggressive, attacking defense, and the energy level keeps ramping up every day, he says (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
I feel faster, I feel stronger. I feel like I’m flying around. I’m comfortable with the defense, the people next to me, which is really important when you can trust your teammates. The guy that’s coaching me has a lot of passion and fire and I feel it through me as well. I feel like that’s great coaching when you can feel your coach’s energy.
Overall, I feel like we’re going to fly around a lot this year.
Jets guard Brian Winters continues to be impressed by his trench-dwelling teammate:
Every time I play against him, he’s got a new move each year. It’s like one of things where you dial it in, and then the next thing you know he’s got a new move and you’re like ‘Dang, man.’ You’ve got to go back to the drawing board.
In a contract year, Williams has a few million incentives to play the best football of his career in 2019. It sounds like this new scheme will take full advantage of his skill set, allowing him to maximize his potential on the field, and at the bank this offseason.
For a Jets team that hasn’t made the playoffs in nearly a decade, getting Williams at his best would be most welcome.