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Avery Williamson ILB

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Player Updates

November 8, 2020 12:48 AM
Steelers' Avery Williamson: Shifts to 53-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson had his roster exemption lifted Saturday, and he's officially on the Steelers' 53-man roster, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

The Steelers traded for Williamson earlier in the week, and he's passed the necessary COVID-19 protocols to join the team for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. Williamson handled a starting role with the Jets this year, as he posted 59 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception through seven games. However, the veteran is expected to serve as an inside linebacker Robert Spillane's backup in Pittsburgh.

November 3, 2020 02:04 PM
Steelers' Avery Williamson: Filling reserve role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson is expected to serve as the backup to Robert Spillane after being acquired by the Steelers on Sunday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Williamson recorded nine tackles Sunday afternoon for the Jets against the Chiefs and was shipped to the Steelers by the end of the day. The 28-year-old totaled 59 tackles through seven games this season, but he'll be filling a reserve role for his new team. He may not be available for Week 9 since he won't be allowed to join the team until Saturday due to the COVID-19 restrictions when heading to a new team.

November 1, 2020 10:36 PM
Steelers' Avery Williamson: Pittsburgh-bound in trade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson was traded to the Steelers on Sunday along with a 2022 seventh-round pick for Pittsburgh's 2022 fifth-rounder, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Williamson goes from the only winless team in the league to the lone undefeated team. Once he gets acclimated to his new surroundings, Williamson figures to slide into a starting inside linebacker role for the Steelers. He suited up for the Jets earlier Sunday, leading the team with nine tackles in a 35-9 loss to the Chiefs.

October 25, 2020 09:48 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Another double-digit tackle game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson racked up 13 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Bills.

Williamson has 24 tackles in the last two games. New York's defense will likely spend the majority of the game on the field in Week 8 against the Chiefs, which should give the veteran inside linebacker plenty of opportunities to pad his tackle total.

October 19, 2020 10:24 AM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Eleven tackles in Week 6
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson recorded a team-high 11 tackles, all solo, in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Dolphins.

Williamson played well once again, but few of his teammates on either side of the ball can say the same. The 28-year-old inside linebacker seems to be fully recovered from last year's ACL surgery, as Williamson now has 34 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed in his last four games.

October 12, 2020 10:48 AM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Plays well in defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson had eight tackles (six solo), two passes defensed and an interception in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Williamson was effective against both the run and the pass, but his effort went for naught, as the Jets fell to 0-5. He picked off Kyler Murray at Arizona's 31-yard line and returned it all the way to the 10, only to watch New York settle for a field goal to make it 7-3 Cardinals at the time. That's as close as the Jets would get the rest of the way. After working his way back from injury in a sheltered role to start the season, Williamson has come on with 23 tackles in the last three games.

September 27, 2020 11:12 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Nine tackles in Week 3 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson recorded nine tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Colts.

Williamson was one tackle shy of Bradley McDougald's team-high total on the afternoon. The veteran linebacker was injured to start the season but is rounding into form and should be a steady source of tackles moving forward.

September 20, 2020 11:48 AM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Williamson was a limited participant in practice throughout the week after he suffered the hamstring injury in Week 1's loss to the Bills. Now presumably healthy, he'll assume his usual starting role at one of the inside linebacker positions for Sunday's contest.

September 19, 2020 01:44 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Officially questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

No surprise here, as Williamson was a limited participant at practice all week. His status will presumably be determined by how he is feeling closer to kickoff. If he is unable to go, look for Harvey Langi to see increased reps at inside linebacker.

September 16, 2020 06:36 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Set for limited practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (hamstring) is expected to be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Williamson's hamstring injury kept him from suiting up Week 1 against Buffalo, and the Jets' defense was noticeably poorer for it. Coach Adam Gase said that the team will take a cautious approach to Williamson's health in order to avoid any setbacks, but New York's linebacker corps desperately needs Williamson to retake the field sooner rather than later.

September 12, 2020 01:40 AM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Ruled out for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's divisional contest against the Bills, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Williamson began the week as a limited participant in practice, but he's since missed back-to-back sessions. He stands to play a starting role in New York's linebacker corps when healthy, but until Williamson can get on the field, Blake Cashman should have an opportunity for increased snaps.

September 1, 2020 07:32 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Restructures contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson agreed Monday to a restructured 2020 contract worth $3.5 million, including $1 million guaranteed, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Williamson will have the earning potential of $5 million, but the new deal saves the Jets $3.75 million in cap space for the 2020 season. The 28-year-old is coming off a torn ACL that cost him his 2019 season, so the restructuring could be looked at as a "prove-it" deal before he enters free agency this coming offseason.

August 22, 2020 11:28 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (knee) was activated from the PUP list Saturday, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Williamson has been recovering from an ACL tear that resulted in him missing the entire 2019 season. His value for the Jets increased after C.J. Mosley's decision to opt out opened up more cap space for the Jets and made him more of a priority. Barring any setbacks, he 28-year-old appears on track for Week 1.

August 6, 2020 04:08 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: On track for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (knee) said Wednesday that he expects to be healthy for the start of the 2020 season, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Williamson is recovering from an ACL tear that caused him to miss the entire 2019 campaign. He looked like a potential cut candidate in New York earlier this offseason, but C.J. Mosley's decision to opt out both opens up cap space for the Jets and makes Williamson more of a priority. The 28-year-old managed 120 tackles, three sacks and an interceptions across 16 games with the team back in 2018.

April 8, 2020 04:08 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Potential offseason cut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets might consider releasing Williamson (knee) once he can pass a physical, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Signed to a three-year, $22.5 million contract during the 2018 offseason, Williamson had 120 tackles and three sacks in his first year with the Jets but then suffered an ACL tear last preseason. The timing of the injury should allow him to complete his rehab before Week 1, potentially having him join 2019 offseason pickup C.J. Mosley (groin) to give the Jets a formidable duo in the middle of their defense. On the other hand, Mosley's contract still has strong guarantees and Williamson's doesn't, so the Jets could decide to release the latter if they prefer an extra $6.5 million in cap space to use elsewhere on the roster. Dating back to his time in Tennessee, the 28-year-old Williamson started 63 of 64 possible games in a four-year span before his ACL injury.

September 4, 2019 09:28 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Going under knife Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson will have surgery Thursday to repair his torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Williamson was expected to start at linebacker for the Jets this season after a strong 120-tackle campaign in 2018, but he suffered an unfortunate knee injury in early preseason. The 27-year-old has only missed one game during his five-year career, and the Jets are hoping since his injury occurred in August, he'll be healthy for the 2020 season.

August 18, 2019 12:36 AM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (knee) was placed on IR Saturday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Williamson's move to IR comes as no surprise after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Friday. He was a vital piece of the Jets defense in 2018, and his absence will open up a significant number of inside linebacker snaps. Neville Hewitt will figure to step into a starting role with Williamson out for the season.

August 16, 2019 02:28 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Suffers ACL tear
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Williamson suffered the injury during Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons. It's a huge loss for the Jets, after the 27-year-old linebacker played 99.5 percent of the team's defensive snaps last season, recording 120 tackles (80 solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Neville Hewitt, James Burgess and fifth-round rookie Blake Cashman are the top candidates to step in alongside C.J. Mosley at linebacker.

August 16, 2019 03:00 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Will not return Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson will not return to Thursday's exhibition game against the Falcons due to a knee injury.

The severity of Williamson's injury is not known at this time, but the Jets are likely to provide more clarity on the situation in short order. He currently projects as one of New York's two starting inside linebackers.

July 14, 2019 04:08 PM
Jets' Avery Williamson: Shifting to weak side
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williamson will shift to weak-side linebacker this season, Brian Costello of The New York Post reports.

The move follows the addition of inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who likely will take over the play-calling on defense. Williamson was on the field for 100 percent of defensive snaps in 15 of 16 games last season en route to racking up 120 total tackles, three sacks, six pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles. Williamson is locked in as a starter, but he may face competition for playing time on passing downs.

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DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Sun 11/15vs CINW 36-1010100000
Sun 11/22@ JACW 27-300000000
Wed 12/02vs BALW 19-1420200000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020PIT10662392301212103
2019PIT00000000000
2018NYJ1616120804031363606
2017TEN1616925240300002
2016TEN16161047331210001
2015TEN151510263393.510001
2014TEN1612795128300004
Total8981559 358.0201 14.545736017
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/246
Birthdate:
03/09/1992
Age:
28
Hometown:
Cleveland, OH, USA
School:
Kentucky
NFL Experience:
7
Awards: