NY Jets: Gregg Williams’ secret weapon to combat Bills passing attack

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The NY Jets will see a few new faces as they line up across from the Buffalo Bills’ offense on Sunday.

NY Jets‘ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been preparing all offseason to combat a Buffalo Bills’ offense that helped them shoot into the playoffs in 2019.

With some new faces along Gang Green’s defensive alignment in 2020, Williams is bound to disguise, and disrupt the eyes of Bills quarterback Josh Allen as the team is set to kickoff against Buffalo in less than a week.

Rewind to Week 1 of last year, the Jets fell to the Buffalo Bills by a final score of 17-16 with a game-sealing touchdown to end it.

Gregg Williams doesn’t want a repeat of September 8th, 2019. The Jets have made some notable upgrades to their secondary that will surely combat anything Josh Allen and the Bills have in-store from their passing game to try to pull out a win in Week 1.

While the Jets have added some respected veterans via free agency and through trade, the team’s ability to draft well on the defensive side of the football will prove vital to New York’s chances of a victory come Sunday.

One player that can truly change the outcome of Sunday’s matchup — rookie safety Ashtyn Davis.

Understandably, trusting a rookie who has gone through the oddest training camp period of recent memory to potentially change the rhythm of a Week 1 divisional battle is quite absurd.

Or, is it?

Could Ashtyn Davis be the NY Jets’ secret weapon on Sunday?

Gregg Williams isn’t one for following traditional mantras. To coach a successful defense, more importantly a successful team, coaches such as Williams continuously need to change how they’re operating to keep up with current NFL styles that team’s often adapt to over time.

In this case, deploying three safeties is something Williams has done before, and will surely do plenty of when attempting to slow down a Bills passing attack that has seen a bit of change this past offseason.

With the additions of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, rookie running back Zack Moss, and the development of tight end Dawson Knox, Williams will have his hands full in defending players that have the potential to make a difference on offense for Buffalo.

Ashtyn Davis may be listed as a safety, but much like a player the Jets had the liberty of trading away this prior offseason, he can do it all.

Williams will likely deploy Davis in multiple positions across the defense to try and puzzle opposing play-callers. He’ll blitz, he’ll cover, and he’ll roam the field trying to make plays wherever he can.

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Gregg Williams’ defense got quicker, bigger, and smarter this past offseason. Will it be enough to scratch a “W” in the win column after Sunday’s skirmish?

We’ll find out soon enough.