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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.

December 26, 2018 12:12 AM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Ejected from Sunday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 12, 2018 02:08 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Clear of injury designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 11, 2018 02:40 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Sidelined at Thursday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams did not participate in Thursday's practice due to a back injury, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.

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.

October 8, 2018 01:32 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Two sacks in Week 5 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded five tackles (two solo), including two sacks, in Sunday's win over Denver.

Williams now has three sacks over the past two weeks after failing to notch one in the team's first three games. He's already bested his total from last season and is on pace for the highest single-season sack output of his career. He'll aim to continue his success and take down Andrew Luck as the Jets face off against the Colts next Sunday.

October 2, 2018 03:48 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Records first sack of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams posted five tackles (four solo), including a sack, in Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Williams' sack Sunday was his first of the season. He hasn't had prolific numbers despite being a quality player throughout his career. He'll aim to stack success when the Jets take on the Broncos in Week 5.

April 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Has fifth-year option exercised
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets are expected to exercise Williams' fifth-year team option before the May 3 deadline, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Williams, now entering his fourth season, hasn't produced to the degree some expected of the 2015 first-round pick. However, Williams' meager sack total -- he has only 12 in 48 career games -- isn't entirely reflective of his pass-rushing impact; Williams has recorded 65 quarterback hits to date, including 25 in 2017, when he played through a preseason wrist injury. The Jets' decision to pick up his team option for 2019 is thus not surprising, especially since Williams' salary for that fifth year won't become guaranteed until the start of the new league year next spring.

January 23, 2018 10:28 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Struggles to duplicate 2016 returns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams finished the 2017 season with 47 tackles and two sacks.

The drop in sacks from seven to two was certainly a concern for the Jets, but Williams is still easily the best defensive lineman on the team. He is likely to be asked to do even more in 2018, as the team is expected to move on from Muhammad Wilkerson, who has been incredibly poor the past two years. If that's the case, it's possible the Jets move Williams outside more, which could help his sack total move back up.

December 30, 2017 11:00 PM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Avoids injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Williams' only practice of the week was a full session Friday, but apparently it was enough to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old will aim to finish a quiet season on a high note against the Patriots on Sunday.

December 28, 2017 11:48 AM
Jets' Leonard Williams: Doesn't practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (back) sat out Wednesday's practice, Connor Hughes of reports.

Williams has missed parts of his last two contests with a concussion and now a back injury. The injuries have been additional black marks on what has been a mediocre season for Williams, who has recorded 45 tackles (21 solo), two sacks and an interception through 15 games. He'll likely need some sort of practice participation over the next two days to avoid missing his first game since entering the league in 2015.

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