Coach Adam Gase believes Williams will be a good fit under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is expected to use a 3-4 base scheme for the first time in his NFL coaching career, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports.
It was initially assumed the new coaching staff would bring in a 4-3 scheme, positioning Williams as a three-technique tackle instead of his accustomed role as a 3-4 end. Given the likelihood of a hybrid defensive scheme, it's still possible the 24-year-old gets some work as a three-technique, which could help create better pass-rushing opportunities. If nothing else, he should find himself in more one-on-one situations as a result of his new coordinator's propensity for blitzing. Williams likely hopes to sign an extension this offseason, rather than playing out 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
The sixth overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft currently is scheduled to play out 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. There have been rumors about the rebuilding Jets looking for a trade, but it wouldn't make much sense given that Williams will turn 25 in June and is one of the team's few above-average starters. While his total of 17 sacks in four years may be somewhat disappointing, there's a lot to be said for playing in every possible game and averaging 55 tackles per season as a 3-4 defensive end. Williams may become more of a sack threat playing as a three-technique tackle under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who favors a 4-3 alignment with frequent blitzing.
Williams finished the 2018 season with 42 tackles (27 solo) and five sacks.
Williams is the guy opposing offenses scheme against on the Jets' defensive line, so he often battles double teams. While his presence helps open up space for teammates, Williams has underwhelmed in terms of personal statistics since getting selected sixth overall in the 2015 draft.
Williams had two tackles and a sack before being ejected for allegedly throwing a punch in Sunday's overtime loss to the Packers.
Williams was tossed late in the second quarter as he tangled with right tackle Bryan Bulaga and allegedly threw a punch during the scuffle. The 24-year-old was able to record a sack in the first quarter, his fourth of the season and first since Week 5.
Williams (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.
Williams was sidelined at practice Thursday but was able to return in full Friday to avoid the questionable tag, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. The 24-year-old will have his usual starting role on the defensive line for the Jets on Sunday.
|2015||New York Jets||16||63||29.0||34||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||16||68||36.0||32||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||16||47||22.0||25||2||1||6||6.0||6||0||1|
|2018||New York Jets||16||42||27.0||15||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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|2016||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New York Jets||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|