General manager Joe Douglas said Wednesday that the Jets will exercise Williams' fifth-year option for 2023, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Williams produced similarly in 2021 compared to his sophomore campaign a year prior, so the decision to guarantee his contract through 2023 comes as little surprise. The third overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams still has the potential to be a defensive anchor -- and earn himself a long-term extension -- if he can take his production up a notch during the upcoming season.
Williams finished with 53 tackles (36 solo), six sacks and three passes defensed in 2021. Williams' production over 15 appearances in his third season was similar to the 55 tackles and seven sacks he posted in two fewer games as a sophomore. The third-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft hasn't become a dominant force a la Aaron Donald, but Williams is a solid player in his own right. New York will have a decision to make this offseason regarding whether to exercise Williams' fifth-year option for 2023, but he'll be on the team in 2022 regardless.
The Jets activated Williams (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Williams was dealing with a shoulder issue before landing in the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, but it's unclear how his stint away from the team impacted the injury. The 2019 first-round pick hasn't suited up since Week 15, when he played a season-low 22 defensive snaps due to the shoulder problem. However, when healthy, the defensive tackle has been extremely productive this season, totaling 48 tackles and six sacks across 13 appearances.
Williams (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday. Williams was already questionable for Sunday against the Jaguars with a shoulder injury, but now that's he on the COVID list, he's definitively out. In his absence, Nathan Shepherd will likely step into the starting role and try to provide a pass rush for the Jets' defensive line.
Williams (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice session, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Williams underwent an MRI on his shoulder Monday after he sustained an injury in Sunday's loss to the Saints. However, the issue isn't believed to be serious, and the defensive tackle should be able to play through the injury Sunday against Miami.
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