NY Jets news: 5 players who could make the Pro Bowl in 2021

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1. Quinnen Williams , DT, NY Jets

Like Becton, the Jets banked on Quinnen Williams’ upside when they selected him third overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Alabama lineman came out as one of the most athletic, one-year wonders in recent history and was viewed as an instant impact player.

Nonetheless, he had a rookie year full of ups and downs, followed by a breakout year in 2020. In 13 games, Williams posted seven sacks, 55 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and 14 quarterback hits. Come season’s end, he ranked 12th among 126 qualified interior defensive linemen with an 81.4 PFF grade.

All of this came while Williams played in a 3-4 scheme under Gregg Williams that was not his perfect fit. Coming out of school, it was known that “Q” would excel in a 4-3 scheme where he can not only be a dominant run stuffer but an elite pass rusher.

As Williams flashed his potential as a rusher, he is only going to get more opportunities to get after the quarterback in Saleh’s defense.

At the same time, he is also going to benefit from the new pieces around him on the Jets front seven. This offseason, the Jets added defensive end Carl Lawson, who was among the league leaders in quarterback pressures last season.

Gang Green also added Sheldon Rankins, Vinny Curry, and more to join an already talented front for the Jets.

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Only 23-years-old, Williams is ready to grow into a Pro Bowl player in 2021. If there is anybody on this team that has a chance to make it to Hawaii in Gotham Green this year, it will be Quinnen Williams.