There was one constant in the New York Jets 7-9, 2019 season, their defense. While the offense had its trials and tribulations, the D hung tough. They finished the year seventh in the NFL for total yards allowed, fifth in yards per play, and second against the run. They did have some problems against the pass, finishing 17th overall. In 2020 Gang Green should be better and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams may be a big part of it.
NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Williams will have a breakout this season. On his “Moving the Sticks” podcast earlier this week, Jeremiah and partner Bucky Brooks discussed why the sophomore DT is ready to step up his game in 2020.
Williams, the third overall draft pick in 2019, had a pedestrian rookie campaign. His play wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. In 13 games, he made 28 tackles with 2.5 quarterback sacks. Many expected more from a high draft pick, who came out of a pro-ready college program such as Alabama and considered his season a disappointment.
Williams was one of the best defensive linemen in the 2019 draft. Not a top recruit, he redshirted his first year with the Crimson Tide, so he only played two years of college football, The young man from Birmingham, Alabama was dominant when he finally got his chance. In his sophomore season of 2018, Williams had 71 tackles, 19.5 for loss with 8.0 sacks.
Those are incredible numbers for anyone but almost unheard of for a defensive tackle. He was practically unstoppable, no matter how often he drew a double-team. That goes back to why he was selected so high.