Leonard Williams
Leonard Williams
24-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
New York Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Williams hasn't been a flashy presence in the NFL – even the best 3-4 ends tend not to be – but there's still plenty of reason to believe he's one of the league's most talented linemen. Last year's disappointing box score is probably explained by playing through wrist, concussion, and bank issues at various points, because in the two prior seasons Williams averaged 60-plus tackles and five sacks per year. He'll be just 24 in June, so expect him to bounce back. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $18.63 million contract with the Jets in May of 2015. Jets exercised $14.2 million team option for 2019 in April of 2018.
Staying in 3-4 scheme
DENew York Jets
March 18, 2019
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.
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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.
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Measurables Review
How do Leonard Williams' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
302 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.97 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.59 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
106 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
The youngest and perhaps trendiest of the three excellent Jets linemen (Wilkerson, Williams, Sheldon Richardson), Williams' hype is entirely warranted. He turned 23 in May, yet he already has two 60-tackle seasons to his credit, and he showed new pass-rushing skills last year with seven sacks on 895 snaps. It might be difficult for Williams to approach double-digit sacks on a Jets team that figures to frequently watch opponents milk the clock, but his talent is too great not to remain one of the league's most productive linemen.
Sheldon Richardson's off-field issues could result in a suspension to begin the 2016 season – the second season in a row in which Richardson would begin the year with a suspension – and Williams stands to benefit as a result. The blue-chip talent unexpectedly fell to the Jets in the 2015 draft, and he did well for himself as a rookie by exceeding 60 tackles while logging 809 snaps. He only turned 22 in May, so Williams should continue to develop and make the most of the enhanced opportunity he's been given by Richardson's off-field transgressions.
Williams, who the Jets picked sixth overall in the 2015 draft, will battle for playing time at defensive end as a rookie behind Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.
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Not likely to be traded
DENew York Jets
February 5, 2019
The Jets hope to sign Williams to a long-term extension this offseason, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.
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Five sacks in 2018
DENew York Jets
January 5, 2019
Williams finished the 2018 season with 42 tackles (27 solo) and five sacks.
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Ejected from Sunday's game
DENew York Jets
December 24, 2018
Williams had two tackles and a sack before being ejected for allegedly throwing a punch in Sunday's overtime loss to the Packers.
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Clear of injury designation
DENew York Jets
October 12, 2018
Williams (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.
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Sidelined at Thursday's practice
DENew York Jets
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October 11, 2018
Williams did not participate in Thursday's practice due to a back injury, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
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