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.
It appears that there is still plenty of unknown surrounding Williams' health, as head coach Todd Bowles suggested that the defensive end is still undergoing testing. Popping up on the injury report this late in the week is never a good sign, and Leonard will likely have to at least put in limited work Friday in order to have any chance of playing Sunday against the Colts.
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||New York Jets||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|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|