The NY Jets haven't made a habit out of sending players to the Pro Bowl in recent years. But one player who could be primed for his first Pro Bowl selection in 2021 is defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
A breakout 2020 season saw Williams go from underwhelming rookie to one of the best players at his position. And there's every reason to believe that bigger things might be in store for him in 2021.
Surrounded by a much-improved supporting cast and paired with new head coach Robert Saleh, Williams could take his game to a new level this season and emerge as a perennial All-Pro.
The NY Jets have high hopes for Quinnen Williams in 2021.
Tressler explained his selection by echoing what many others believe about Williams. He is the real deal.
"Largely lost in the fog of a hideous autumn for Gang Green was a bona fide sophomore breakout for Williams. Dishing out disruption one Sunday after the next, the former Alabama star grew into a run-stuffing bully who also badgered quarterbacks to the tune of seven sacks. Every player on the roster sits in a better place under new coach Robert Saleh"- Marc Tressler
Williams was one of the few standouts on a very poor Jets team in 2020, and if his team had found more success, we might not be talking about him reaching his first Pro Bowl this season.
The former third overall pick broke out last season more than doubling every major statistical category from his rookie year. He finished top-five among all interior defensive linemen in both pass-rush win rate and run-stop win rate.
Simply put, Quinnen Williams was among the best young defensive players at any position in 2020. Despite this, he missed out on the Pro Bowl and received just one All-Pro vote.
That could easily change if he has a repeat performance in 2021.
The Jets were one of only a handful of teams not to send a player to the Pro Bowl last season. In fact, of the 90 players currently on the roster, the only one who's ever been selected to a Pro Bowl is linebacker C.J. Mosley who made four appearances with the Baltimore Ravens.
The team's last Pro Bowler, Jamal Adams, is no longer on the roster. Hopefully that could be set to change this season.
And if it does, Quinnen Williams is probably the best bet to enact said change.