FLORHAM PARK Cheap Jalyn Holmes Jersey , N.J. (AP) Leonard Williams is making his presence felt on opposing quarterbacks – even if his sacks total doesn’t tell the whole story.
The New York Jets defensive lineman has just two this season, but he has a whopping 26 quarterback hits. That means he’s getting passers off their spots, forcing throws and making them downright uncomfortable.
”People want to see the sacks,” Williams acknowledged Thursday. ”I wouldn’t really call a QB hit a stat or anything. I just think of it as being disruptive. That’s what a defensive player wants to do, is be disruptive in any way possible.Article continues below ...
”No matter what type of stat it is, if you’re being disruptive, that’s a good defensive play.”
Williams entered this season, his third in the NFL, with a goal of getting a sack per game. He’s way off that pace, of course Cheap Brian O'Neill Jersey , but he has gotten consistent pressure the past few games. Also, the sprained wrist that ailed him since the summer is fully healed.
”Leo has played well for us,” coach Todd Bowles said. ”He’s been disruptive, even with the double teams. He’s been getting hits on the quarterback and he’s been playing across the line of scrimmage.”
Williams made his first Pro Bowl last season after getting seven sacks and emerging as one of the league’s top young pass rushers. After a slow start during which he went the first eight games without a sack, Williams is looking like his old self again.
”We think Leonard is definitely improving,” defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said. ”He’s really coming up. You sit there, and if I’m not mistaken, I think he might have had four or five quarterback hits the other day. He’s really getting to the point where we have high expectations for Leo, and he’s exceeding them.”