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January 6, 2021 12:20 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Notches three sacks in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams had seven tackles (five solo), three sacks and a defended pass during Sunday's 23-19 win over the Cowboys.

Williams put together his strongest statistical game of the season Week 17, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in 2020. He appeared in all 16 games with the Giants this season, recording 57 tackles (29 solo), a career-high 11.5 sacks, one defended pass and one fumble recovery. After playing on the franchise tag in 2020, Williams is no doubt now bound to collect a sizeable paycheck in free agency.

December 9, 2020 02:16 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Destructive versus Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams had three tackles (two solo) and 2.5 sacks during the Giants' Week 13 17-12 win over Seattle.

Williams played a key role in holding Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to just 12 points while notching a two-sack game for the first time all year. He now has a career-high 8.5 sacks through just 12 games, giving him a realistic shot at notching double-digit takedowns for the first time by season's end.

December 1, 2020 10:12 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Collects another sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded two tackles (one solo), including one sack, and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Bengals.

Williams has now racked up three sacks in his last four games, putting him at six sacks through 11 contests in 2020. He's also tallied 36 tackles (18 solo) over that stretch.

November 9, 2020 07:00 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Posts fifth sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams had three tackles (one solo) and one sack during Sunday's 23-20 win over Washington.

The 26-year-old led New York's defensive linemen with a 70 percent snap share and now has three sacks in the past four games. Williams managed only a half-sack in eight games with the Giants last season, but he has five sacks through nine contests in 2020.

September 30, 2020 09:44 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Another sack Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded five tackles (two solo) and a sack across 57 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Williams notched his second sack of the season Sunday, taking down Nick Mullens for a loss of seven yards. The defensive lineman now has 13 tackles (eight solo) and two sacks on the young season and continues to see the highest snap count among defensive linemen for the Giants.

September 15, 2020 06:20 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Takes down Big Ben
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded five tackles -- two for a loss -- a sack and two QB hits in Monday's 26-16 loss to the Steelers.

Williams already has more sacks in one game this season than he notched over 15 games in 2019, and it looks sustainable considering his QB hits and tackles for loss stats. The 2015 first-round pick posted five or more tackles just twice last year, though, so his IDP value could fluctuate if he can't get to the QB. Still, the USC product is worth keeping an eye on heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Bears.

August 14, 2020 11:56 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Set to return to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hamstring) has been removed from the Giants' active/non-football injury list, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

The sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft hasn't lived up to his pedigree, but Williams could see an uptick in pass-rushing opportunities in 2020, given that he should play both tackle and end in the Giants' 3-4 alignment. The 26-year-old, who split last season with the Jets and Giants, logged 46 tackles and 0.5 sacks over the course of 15 games in the process.

August 2, 2020 02:56 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Going to NFI list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Giants placed Williams (hamstring) on the active/non-football injury list Sunday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Williams hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, averaging 53.9 tackles and 3.5 sacks per 16 games played. The Giants were intrigued enough in his talent to acquire him from the Jets before last season's trade deadline and eventually placed the franchise tag on him back in March. Since then, Williams filed a grievance to be designated as a defensive end versus his listed position of defensive tackle, which has yet to be determined. In any case, his representation and the Giants were unable to agree to an extension by the July 15 deadline, so he'll play out 2020 on the aforementioned tender, once he's able to get back on the field.

July 13, 2020 12:32 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Not getting extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams and the Giants aren't planning to work out a contract extension before Wednesday's deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Williams signed his franchise tender in April, and he's believed to have filed a grievance to be designated as a defensive end rather than a defensive tackle. Regardless of how the dispute plays out, Williams will be operating on a one-year contract, hoping to rebound from last year's career-low 0.5 sacks. He did have 46 tackles and 16 QB hits, including 11 QB hits in his eight games with the Giants.

April 23, 2020 08:40 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: About to file grievance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The NFLPA is expected to file a grievance on Williams' behalf as he seeks to be designated as a defensive end rather than a defensive tackle on his franchise tag, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

The difference in salary is $1.7 million -- $17.8 for DE versus $16.1 for DT. Williams seems to be arguing that his pass-rushing chops equate to the former, even though his pressure count -- he's had at least 16 in each of his five pro seasons -- didn't translate to the sack department. (He managed just 0.5 in 2019). There's precedent for such cases, as Jimmy Graham attempted to be designated as a wide receiver in 2014. Ultimately, the tight end's request was seen before an independent arbitrator, who ruled in the NFL's favor. Once the current grievance is filed, Williams should get a similar day in court.

April 22, 2020 07:44 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Sticking with Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams agreed Wednesday to sign his franchise tender from the Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Williams managed just a half-sack in his fifth professional season in 2019, but his pedigree as a 2015 first-round pick and overall profile spurred the Giants to use the franchise tag on the 25-year-old. He'll continue to provide pressure from the interior of the Giants' defensive line after racking up at least 16 pressures in each of his campaigns.

March 16, 2020 01:36 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Tagged by G-Men
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is getting a franchise tag from the Giants, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Dealt from the Jets to the Giants at the trade deadline, Williams recorded 26 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in eight games with his new team. The production doesn't exactly sound tag-worthy, but he does have a solid track record of generating interior pressure, with 16 or more QB hits in each of his five NFL seasons. His inability to turn those pressures into sacks has been a consistent source of frustration, however.

January 6, 2020 11:00 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Makes impact with Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded 26 tackles (13 solo), a half-sack, two defended passes and one forced fumble across eight contests with the Giants in 2019.

Prior to being traded to the Giants in Week 9, Williams appeared in seven games with the Jets. He recorded 20 tackles (eight solo) and one defended pass in that span. While Williams is set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Giants will have some incentive to bring him back after having traded a 2020 third-round draft pick and a 2021 fifth-round selection to acquire him.

October 29, 2019 07:04 PM
Giants' Leonard Williams: Dealt to Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Giants acquired Williams from the Jets on Monday in exchange for a 2020 third-round draft pick and a fifth-round selection in 2021, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 2015 first-round pick has seen his performance decline steadily since he posted 68 tackles and seven sacks in his second NFL campaign, but the Giants will see if a change in scenery can help him rediscover the promising form he showed earlier in his career. Williams should step into the starting lineup right away in the Giants' Week 9 game against the Cowboys, giving the organization a half of a season with to evaluate him for a potential contract extension before he hits free agency next March.

August 13, 2019 12:20 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hip) participated in Tuesday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Williams appears to have recovered from a hip injury sustained August 5, which he described as "inflamed." The 25-year-old defensive end is primed for a starting role with the Jets. The team could take a cautious approach to his recovery, making his status for Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons uncertain.

August 12, 2019 06:28 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Remains sidelined at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hip) is present but not wearing pads at practice Monday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Williams first sat out practice last Monday with hip irritation and he didn't play in last Thursday's preseason opener. The 25-year-old is unlikely to be available for Thursday's preseason game in Atlanta, given his week-long absence.

August 6, 2019 10:56 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Bothered by hip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is sitting out practice Monday with hip irritation, Rich Cimini of reports.

Williams is adjusting to a new defense under coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, but he's currently sidelined by the hip issue. The severity of the injury is officially unclear, but it doesn't sound like a significant concern. The 25-year-old had 42 tackles (27 solo) and five sacks last season and is entering the final year of his contract.

March 19, 2019 12:52 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Staying in 3-4 scheme
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Initially, it was 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 1-on-1 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.

February 5, 2019 10:56 AM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Not likely to be traded
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets hope to sign Williams to a long-term extension this offseason, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.

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.

January 5, 2019 09:32 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Five sacks in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Mon 09/14vs PITL 16-2641510000
Sun 09/20@ CHIL 13-1721300000
Sun 09/27vs SFL 9-3623510000
Sun 10/04@ LARL 9-1732500000
Sun 10/18vs WASW 20-1923510000
Thu 10/22@ PHIL 21-2210100000
Mon 11/02vs TBL 23-2513410000
Sun 11/08@ WASW 23-2012310000
Sun 11/15vs PHIW 27-1711200000
Sun 11/29@ CINW 19-1711210000
Sun 12/06@ SEAW 17-122132.50000
Sun 12/13vs ARIL 7-2613400000
Sun 12/20vs CLEL 6-2033600000
Sun 12/27@ BALL 13-2701100000
Sun 01/03vs DALW 23-1952730100
Career Defensive Stats
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