Leonard Williams
Leonard Williams
25-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
New York Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Williams has been a productive but not dominant player since being selected sixth overall in 2015, but the defensive lineman's statistical impact has been limited by double teams on a Jets team that has lacked talent around him. As a result, Williams has just 89 tackles and seven sacks in the past two seasons combined after posting 68 tackles and seven sacks in 2016 alone. New York invested heavily on defense in free agency and in the draft, so Williams should get more room to wreak havoc in the opposing backfield. Read Past Outlooks
$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.
Returns to practice
DENew York Jets
August 13, 2019
Williams (hip) participated in Tuesday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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2019 Leonard Williams Split Stats
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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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IDP Analysis: Week 3 Matchups
IDP Analysis: Week 3 Matchups
September 18, 2018
September 18, 2018
Jim Coventry’s picking out the best IDP choices for the week and is going with Everson Griffen and the rest of the Vikings defensive line against the extremely porous Bills offensive line.
Week 16: Gameday Injuries
Week 16: Gameday Injuries
December 24, 2017
December 24, 2017
With a host of notable absences at key positions and one very important return from suspension, Week 16 offers no shortage of important fantasy headlines. Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through the injury landscape heading into a crucial Week 16.
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 4
September 27, 2017
Erik Siegrist previews the Monday night matchup Kirk Cousins and the Redskins travel to Kansas City with a date against the Chiefs.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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.
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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Remains sidelined at practice
DENew York Jets
Hip
August 12, 2019
Williams (hip) is present but not wearing pads at practice Monday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
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Bothered by hip
DENew York Jets
Hip
August 5, 2019
Williams is sitting out practice Monday with hip irritation, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
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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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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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