NY Jets: 3 players to blame for Week 1 loss to the Panthers

NY Jets, George Fant
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NY Jets, Quinnen Williams
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3. Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets

After his breakout season a year ago, it almost seems odd to say Quinnen Williams contributed to a loss instead of doing everything he could to win.

However, that was exactly the case today. It seemed on several occasions where I had to stop and ask myself if Quinnen Williams was even playing.

Once the final whistle blew, Williams only tallied three assisted tackles and three pressures on his former teammate Sam Darnold.

Considering the Panthers were running with a handful of second-string players protecting their quarterback, Williams, as well as the rest of the defensive line, should have been feasting.

Alas, Williams ended the day without a single sack, and Sam Darnold's jersey was left relatively clean after only being sacked once.

It can be said that Darnold checking down to Christian McCaffrey every other play could contribute to not being able to get home, but that doesn't make up for Williams' quiet performance.

This shouldn't be anything to worry about. Even the best players have quiet games every now and again, especially when they're returning from injury. The Jets' makeshift offensive line last season held Aaron Donald to zero sacks in their win over the Rams.

It's possible to think that Williams is a brilliant talent and a young stud for the team, while also thinking he could have done more to help grab the win.