The NY Jets saw the emergence of young defensive lineman Quinnen Williams in 2020. Following an underwhelming (but not unexpected) rookie season, Williams broke out last year becoming one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL.
Williams finished the season ranked in the top-five in both pass-rush and run-stop win rate among all interior linemen. The Jets hoped for more of the same from the former third overall pick in 2021.
Unfortunately, Williams' season got off to a rough start when he broke a bone in his foot in a spring workout. The broken bone required surgery in May that would keep him sidelined for the entire summer.
After missing all of training camp and the preseason, Williams was able to suit up for Week 1. However, he was relatively an afterthought through the first two games of the year.
Williams needed time to shake off the rust. And now that he has, he's performing at an elite level once again.
Quinnen Williams is healthy and dominating for the NY Jets
In his last two games, Williams has recorded 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, and two QB hits. He tallied his first 1.5 sacks in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos before wreaking havoc on Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry in Week 4.
On top of his two sacks and five total pressures against the Tennessee Titans, Williams was also a significant factor in the Jets limiting Henry as much as they could.
The 23-year-old has been just as effective in run defense as he has as a pass rusher this season recording seven defensive stops over the past two weeks.
Williams is tied for fourth in the NFL in run stops alongside fellow Jets defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi. Mind you, this is despite his lackluster first two games of the season.
Williams also ranks eighth among all interior defensive linemen with 14 pressures and is second behind just Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave in sacks. On top of that, Williams ranks eighth among interior linemen with a 17 percent pass-rush win rate.
Pro Football Focus has a stat called "PRP" which is defined as "the amount of pressure accumulated per pass-rushing snap." It's essentially a formula used to determine how disruptive a pass rusher has been.
Williams currently ranks first among all interior defensive linemen with a 10.2 PRP. Hargrave is the only other player with a PRR above 8.0
Despite a relatively slow start to the 2021 season, Quinnen Williams is back to his old self and dominating opposing offensive linemen again.
And if he continues to play at this level, he should be well on his way to receiving his first Pro Bowl nod.