Speaking on his podcast this week, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah predicted New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams would have a breakout season in 2020.
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 (5170), fifth in yards per play (5.0), and second against the run (1391 yards). 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.
“He had 2.5 sacks last year, did not have a big-time impact at all for the Jets. I don’t know how great he is as a fit in Gregg Williams’ defense but Gregg Williams has been a good defensive coordinator in this league for a very long time. He’s going to get more comfortable with him and how to use him.”
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.
“I just can’t believe that we’re not going to see a better version of this kid. As dominant as he was in the SEC, the best division in college football. They couldn’t block him. It didn’t matter who they were playing against. Quinnen Williams was unblockable. I just have to believe that we’re going to see that player emerge here. We’re going to see more from him.”
Williams has plenty of time to make the Aaron Donald-esque impact the New York Jets want from him, from the interior defensive line. All rookies have to adjust to the NFL. Some take a little longer than others.
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Jeremiah reminded everyone about why Williams was worthy of the third overall pick, just behind Nick Bosa, and the potential he has to be a force along the line of scrimmage.
If Williams can improve and put pressure on quarterbacks from the inside, it will take some of the pressure off of the cornerbacks and edge rushers. An already dominating Jets defense can become even better.
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