The NY Jets managed to bolster almost every position on the roster this offseason with one notable exception being the linebacker position. Part of that was due to the faith they already had in those on the roster.
Despite his inconsistencies last season, C.J. Mosley is a valuable veteran leader who is the mouthpiece of the locker room and a crucial part of what the Jets do defensively. But it isn't only Mosley who the Jets are high on.
Williams started 13 games for the Jets last season, and although he made his fair share of highlight-worthy plays, he, like Mosley, was very inconsistent. The Jets believe that he has the athleticism and tools to be one of the best linebackers in football, though.
The NY Jets remain high on Quincy Williams' long-term future
A third-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams spent the first two seasons of his career in Jacksonville before he was waived as part of final roster cuts this past September.
The Jets quickly swooped in and claimed him off waivers, reuniting him with his brother, Quinnen Williams, in the process. While originally little more than a depth addition, it wouldn't take long for Williams to become a key part of the team's defense.
Injuries to the likes of Jarrad Davis, Jamien Sherwood, and Hamsah Nasirildeen forced Williams into action, and he never relinquished his starting role. The 25-year-old finished second on the team in tackles with 110 and led the Jets in tackles for loss (14) and forced fumbles (3).
Williams was a playmaker who always seemed to pop up with one big hit or game-changing play every week, although his inconsistencies in both pass coverage and run defense were also apparent.
He finished with a very poor Pro Football Focus grade of 44.2 that ranked 69th out of 87 qualified linebackers. The Jets know that Williams has the talent to be a special player, but if he's to ever reach his ceiling, he'll need to become a more consistent player.
Now, it's about putting it all together and harnessing his raw potential.