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Shortly after Chandler Catanzaro stated his intentions to retire from the league, the Jets immediately turned to someone they had in camp last year in Taylor Bertolet.

“I thought I had a great camp last year, a great preseason and I’m glad to be back here,” said Bertolet, who was successful on all four of his field goal attempts he attempted in the 2018 preseason. “It feels welcoming to be back here and I’m looking forward to continuing to build on that.”

After spending the summer with the Jets, Bertolet headed off to play for the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football. He connected on 9-of-14 FG attempts, with his longest make going for 54 yards in Week 3. He then joined the Broncos in April but was later waived in July.

In between his football stints, Bertolet remained committed to the sports world, but in a much different way.

“In between playing I’ve been going back to grad school. I actually just finished my graduate degree in sports psychology from Cal State Fullerton,” Bertolet said. “It’s kind of my passion outside of kicking, working with athletes on the mental side of the game. I think it’s a big thing that’s helped me prepare to be a kicker.”
When asked how his time in sports psychology has helped contribute to his overall kicking game, the 5’9”, 188-pounder didn’t hesitate.

“To see pressure as a privilege, to trust your skills and not go out and overthink about your technique or your mechanics, and to just let your body do what it’s meant to naturally do,” Bertolet said. “Pressure situations is what I do as a kicker — your job is to handle pressure. So, I think it’s helped me to be prepared to be in those moments and have a routine and have a process that you can go into and buy into. That’s going to help you be more successful and be more consistent in your performance.”
Although Bertolet has never kicked in a regular-season NFL game, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a favorable early impression of the Texas A&M product.

“This is where we’re at right now,” Gase said. “We’ll kind of see how everything goes. What I saw today, I was pretty impressed. It sounded good coming off his foot.”

As Bertolet gets thrown into the mid-camp mix, his attention has shifted to showing consistency.

“To me it’s the same thing, it’s the same yellow poles that I’m going to go kick through. It’s the same pressure as a preseason game or if we’re out here in practice, so I’m not going to treat it any differently,” he said. “It’s a process to deal with, not getting into regular season but looking forward to hopefully getting that opportunity this year.”

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After starting eight games at center for the Jets last season, Jonotthan Harrison is looking to turn pencil into pen.

“For now, my goal is to enter the season as the starter, take it one step at a time from there,” Harrison said. “I have my other personal goals, but that’s my large one right now. I’m going on Year 6. I’ve had my years starting and I’ve had my years where I didn’t start as much. My goal is to definitely enter this season as a starter and earn my credibility as a lineman.”

In order to cement his spot, the 6’4”, 300-pounder is striving for consistency both on the field and in the classroom to make the sure the line is always on the same page. Even though Harrison has never played in a system like head coach Adam Gase’s attack, he believes the up-tempo style suits him well.

“It’s perfect,” he said with a smile. “When I was first looking at this offense, I was intimidated. I was like, ‘Man, this is so different. I have to get used to this.’ Then after going on the field and putting it together, everything clicked. This could be my bread and butter for sure. I’m really excited to see how this pans out.”

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Gase said the Florida product did a “great” job leading the offensive line in the spring and believes quarterback Sam Darnold trusts Harrison up front. The duo gained playing experience down the stretch in 2018, starting the final four games together.

“He’ll trust me to take care of certain things that he doesn’t need to stress about,” said Harrison about his relationship with the second-year signal-caller. “He’ll tell me, ‘You do this, you do this, you get the line on the right page.’ He trusts me with that and it’s a good sign. It shows the connection that we have and that chemistry can go a long way.”

Not only do Gase and Darnold both like what Harrison brings to the offensive line, but OL coach Frank Pollack also praised Harrison for his work ethic.

“He’s a very smart player, he’s working his butt off,” Pollack said. “This guy is a grinder. I like the way he works. He is a pro in that regard. The biggest compliment I can give anyone in the room is he’s a pro’s pro, the way he prepares himself and carries himself. Talent level really has nothing to do with that. For me, it’s about how they work and how they prepare every day, and he’s right at the top of the list in that.”

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If there was one thing Quinnen Williams learned during his three years at Alabama, it was discovering the importance of patience.

He didn’t find the need to exercise that newfound virtue on Thursday night.

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After two seasons of toiling in relative obscurity among the Crimson Tide’s star-laden defensive front, Williams evolved into one of the nation’s top defensive disrupters last season during his breakout redshirt sophomore campaign.

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Williams was widely considered to be a top-five pick and the first interior lineman off the board when the 84th National Football League draft unfolded its three-day spectacle.

Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) and guests on the red carpet prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) and guests on the red carpet prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Williams was selected third overall by the New York Jets after Arizona selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick and San Francisco followed with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second pick.

Running back Trent Richardson was the last Alabama player taken as high as No. 3 pick in 2012, and Williams’ selection gives the Crimson Tide three straight years with a defensive lineman taken in the first round.
“It feels amazing being a New York Jet, going to a franchise that already has a great defense already in place and I’m adding another tool to their assets,” Williams said. “I’ve got (former Alabama linebacker) C.J. Moseley there, a person I always looked up to, somebody that I always asked for advice and grew up watching. So that’s amazing.”

Williams said he would miss his time at Alabama, but was ready to take on the next chapter of his career.
“The thing I’ll miss the most is the guys and the locker room conversations,” Williams said. “Playing for Alabama that brotherhood will always be there and I know we’ll always have each other’s back. Coach (Nick) Saban has been amazing and gave me advice every day since I declared, giving me a blueprint on how to be a pro.”

When asked by a New York reporter if he already had plans to sack New England quarterback Tom Brady, Williams’ eyes lit up.

“Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. Anytime you can get to somebody like Tom Brady it would be amazing,” Williams said. “I want to sack every quarterback, though, not just him. I want them to know my name.”

Williams’ lofty selection proved that last season, when he went from a backup role to claiming the Outland Trophy as college football’s best interior lineman along with consensus All-America honors, wasn’t an anomaly.

“I look back almost every day almost and look where I came from in a year,” Williams said. “A year ago, I was getting ready for spring practice — not even knowing if I was going to start or what position I was going to start at.”

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Quinnen Williams waves to the crowd after being selected by the New York Jets during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Quinnen Williams of Alabama waves to the crowd as he comes on stage for the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) and guests on the red carpet prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) on the red carpet prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) on the red carpet prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher chat during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019.
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Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams prepares to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (DL19) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Clemson’s Adam Choice is stopped by Alabama’s Quinnen Williams during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates after a play during the first half against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams laughs while answering questions during the Tide’s National Championship media day in Santa Jose, CA Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca., on Saturday January 5, 2019.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca., on Saturday January 5, 2019.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2), right, interviews Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca., on Saturday January 5, 2019.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is pressured by Alabama defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs (49) and Quinnen Williams (92)in second half action of the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday December 29, 2018.

Oct 20, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) on the sidelines in a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Alabama defeated the Vols 58-21. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during Alabama’s practice on the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018. Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams talks with reporters during an Orange Bowl press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rubs the head of defensive lineman Quinnen Williams as they leave an Orange Bowl press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday morning December 26, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) speaks during an Orange Bowl press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018.
Alabama’s Quinnen Williams poses with the trophy after winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman in college football, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates a sack against Georgia during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) pressures Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
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Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) stops Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield (13) in the backfield in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) sacks Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates a sack against Mississippi State University in first half action at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 9, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates a sack against Louisiana State University in first half action at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday November 3, 2018.
Alabama linebacker Christian Miller (47) and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) wrap up Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow (28) in first half action during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 24, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) after sacking Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) in second half action at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 17, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) and defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs (49) stop Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) in second half action at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 17, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) and defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs (49) stop Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) in second half action at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 17, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) tackles Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) in first half action at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 9, 2018.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a play against Mississippi State Bulldogs during first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) after sacking Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow (9) in second half action at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday November 3, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) after sacking Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow (9) in second half action at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday November 3, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates a sack against Tennessee in first half action at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tn., on Saturday October 20, 2018.
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Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) sacks Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) in first half action at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tn., on Saturday October 20, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) pushes down Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) during a game between Tennessee and Alabama at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) stops Missouri running back Larry Rountree, III, (34) in second half action at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday October 13, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) wraps up Missouri running back Tyler Badie (1) in second half action at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday October 13, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) wraps up Missouri running back Larry Rountree, III, (34) in second half action at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday October 13, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) lifts Alabama defensive back Shyheim Carter (5) after Carters interception return for touchdown against Arkansas during second half action in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday October 6, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) wraps up Louisiana running back Trey Ragas (9) in first half action at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 29, 2018.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) is pressured by the Alabama defense, including defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92), as he passes out of his end zone in first half action in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 22, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) stops Ole Miss running back Isaiah Woullard (26) In first half action in Oxford, Ms., on Saturday September 15, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) against Louisville in second half action of the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday September 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) stops Louisville running back Dae Williams (25) In second half action of the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday September 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive linemen Raekwon Davis (99), Johnny Dwight (95) and Quinnen Williams (92) wait for turn in drills during Monday’s practice.
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Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams celebrates after sacking LSU quarterback Myles Brennan during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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But Williams’ ascent wasn’t a complete surprise to those inside the Alabama football program. After initially committing to Auburn, he arrived in Tuscaloosa from Birmingham’s Wenonah High School as a 6-foot-3, 265-pound four-star signee overshadowed by more heralded imports such as five-star talents Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson and Jonah Williams in the 2016 recruiting class.

Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Relegated to the scout team as he redshirted his first year, Williams patiently waited his turn while learning from All-America senior defensive end Jonathan Allen.

Allen was awarded both the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards in leading Alabama to the national title game before being drafted as the 17th overall pick in 2017 by the Washington Redskins.

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Williams quickly earned the reputation as a scout team nemesis to the first-team offensive line, quietly establishing himself as the heir in the line of succession of dominant Alabama defensive linemen while coach Nick Saban wondered why no one could successfully block No. 92.

With Allen gone to the NFL, Williams found himself stuck behind another first-round pick his redshirt freshman season. Fellow Birmingham native Da’Ron Payne, who was also picked by Washington with the 13th selection in last year’s draft as a junior, created a logjam ahead of Williams along with seniors Da’Shawn Hand and Joshua Frazier.

Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019.Buy Photo
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019. (Photo: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

Williams appeared in all 14 games as a defensive reserve in 2017 as Alabama won the national championship, playing 151 snaps while finishing with 11 solo tackles and nine assists with 6 1/2 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.

Solid numbers for a first year, but hardly head-turning stats that would predict the trajectory of his career during his final season at Alabama.

After waiting his turn to climb to the top of the Crimson Tide’s defensive depth chart without complaint, Williams patience gave way to his conviction prior to 2018 spring camp.
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“I knew there would be a huge position open with Da’Ron Payne leaving and I was like, ‘I just want to play this year. I’m tired of sitting behind guys and watching guys play.’ I wanted to show the world that I was a great player too,” Williams said in an NFL Network interview. “So I went to Coach Saban and talked to him about moving inside.

“I was like 280 (pounds) at the time, and he was like ‘Q, if you want to move inside you’ve got to gain some weight and not just fat because you’ve got to keep your athleticism.’”

Williams was insistent in convincing Saban to give him a chance.

“I said, ‘Coach, I’ll do anything to get on that field,’ ” Williams said. “He knew I was a good player, but knew what it took to be a starter at Alabama and he just put it all on me when he said, ‘It’s up to you. I’m not just going to give you a position because you’re a third-year and you know everything.

Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Adam Choice (26) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) in the second quarter during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Adam Choice (26) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) in the second quarter during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Mark Rebilas, Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

“You’re going to have to show me discipline and consistency of playing a high level at that position because playing nose tackle at Alabama runs everything.’ You’ve got to have a stud in the middle to anchor that defense at Alabama, and I worked hard to become that.’

Did he ever. Williams started all 15 games while recording 44 solo tackles and 26 assists. His dominance resulted in 18 1/2 tackles behind the line generating 84 yards lost, including seven sacks for minus-53 yards, 12 quarterback hurries and a safety in 623 snaps played.

In a dominating performance in a 29-0 win against LSU, Williams tallied 10 total hits — seven solo — with 2 1/2 sacks.

Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca., on Saturday January 5, 2019. Buy Photo
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca., on Saturday January 5, 2019. (Photo: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

While Williams’ arrival on the national stage has left some wondering if he has cultivated an adequate body of work deserving of his lofty draft status, Saban feels the plaudits are well-deserved although only starting for one season.

“Did I ever think he’d be one of the guys that people view as, you know, one of the top picks in the draft?” Saban said prior to the Orange Bowl semifinal last December. “He probably exceeded our expectations from that standpoint.

“But I think Q is a great example of a guy that has really good work ethic and wants to be a good player, probably plays with as much intelligence as anyone in terms of understanding how people are trying to block him and creating every advantage for himself.”

Williams’ selection gives Alabama a third straight year with a defensive lineman chosen on the opening night, and it is the 10th year in a row the Crimson Tide has had at least one player picked in the first round.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is pressured by Alabama defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs (49) and Quinnen Williams (92)in second half action of the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday December 29, 2018.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is pressured by Alabama defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs (49) and Quinnen Williams (92)in second half action of the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday December 29, 2018. (Photo: Mickey Welsh)

“It’s not a one-hit wonder thing,” Williams said. “It’s just a one-hit, one-opportunity thing. I really think about the days I had to work hard, the days I had to sit behind Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen and things like that.”

Williams tilted the scales at 303 pounds for the NFL combine, and his 4.83-second time in the 40-yard dash was the fourth fastest time by a defensive lineman north of 300 pounds in the past 16 years of the event. His combination of power and speed represents the new prototype of defensive tackles in the NFL to counter modern offensive schemes.

Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher chat during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019.Buy Photo
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher chat during Pro Day on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday March 19, 2019. (Photo: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

“Quinnen Williams is the new-school next generation of pass-rush D-linemen,” former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro defensive end and highly-respected pass rush training specialist Chuck Smith told ESPN. “He’s big enough to do everything that every tackle has done in history. But the difference is, he’s highly skilled. He is the new breed of hybrid that can do it all.”

Alabama’s Quinnen Williams poses with the trophy after winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman in college football, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Alabama’s Quinnen Williams poses with the trophy after winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman in college football, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Photo: John Bazemore, AP)

Williams’ demeanor away from the field is contradictory to his fierceness on the gridiron. His cherubic face and warm smile which reveals braces on his teeth displays a certain innocence that belies his bad mood toward opposing offensive linemen. It also helps deflect some of the pain he experienced earlier in his life.

Nearly nine years ago, Williams and his three siblings were blindsided when their mother, Marquischa, died five weeks after a recurrence of breast cancer she had battled five years earlier. She was 38 years old at the time, and her death left a gaping hole in Williams’ life.

“My mom was my best friend. Everything was gone,” Williams said in story published by NFL.com. “I had always been a smiling, outgoing kid, but when she passed, I shut down. I went into a dark mode.”

Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) pressures Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) pressures Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018. (Photo: Mickey Welsh)

While reluctant to discuss the impact his mother’s death had on him as a 12-year old, Williams has chosen to honor her memory in his own way.

He has two breast cancer ribbons tattooed on his arm and another body art of an angel with wings wearing a No. 92 jersey.

“She never got the chance to wear my jersey or come to my games,” Williams said. “I was the mama’s boy. Nobody knew what I went through. My brothers and sister didn’t know, my dad didn’t know, my grandmother didn’t know. Only I knew what I was going through, and this is a way to honor her memory.”

The trials of his last few years have helped Williams come to recognize how patience is a virtue. Now, with his late mother’s memory permanently etched onto his flesh, he can carry her legacy forward in a manner that would have made her proud.

But he first had to decide as he headed out in the Music City drizzle how he would celebrate the occasion.

“I probably won’t go to IHOP tonight,” Williams said. “I don’t do that too much anymore. I’ll probably go back to the hotel and get some rest.”

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The New York Jets want to upgrade their offensive line, and they got an early start Sunday by agreeing in principle to acquire left guard Kelechi Osemele in a trade with the Oakland Raiders, sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter.

Osemele, who made the Pro Bowl for the Raiders in 2016 and 2017, is expected to replace James Carpenter, a four-year starter for the Jets and pending free agent.

By rule, trades aren’t official until Wednesday, the start of the new league year.

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The Jets traded a fifth-round pick for Osemele, receiving a sixth-round choice in return from the Raiders, according to a source.

The terms of the deal were first reported by Bay Area News Group.

It was the second trade in less than 24 hours for the Raiders, who late Saturday agreed to acquire wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan made an aggressive bid for Osemele in 2016, when the emerging lineman was an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He wound up signing a five-year, $58.5 million deal with the Raiders, who received a nice return on their investment in the first two years.

But Osemele’s play slipped last season as he battled knee and toe injuries, missing a total of five games. There were rumors that he’d be shipped out before the trading deadline, but he made it through the season on a poor offensive line. Quarterback Derek Carr was sacked 51 times.

Osemele has two years remaining on his contract, with cap charges of $10.2 million and $11.7 million. None of his remaining salary is guaranteed. The Jets have more than $90 million in cap space.

In recent days, there was speculation that Osemele, who turns 30 on June 24, would be cut. In February, he released video on Twitter that suggested he’s determined to have a bounce-back year. He tweeted that 2019 would be devoted to “health and wellness” and he showed himself tipping the scale at 296 pounds.

He was listed by the Raiders at 330 pounds.

Maccagnan, speaking at the scouting combine, said the offensive line is a “position we’re going to look at very strongly in free agency. … It’s definitely an area we want to improve upon.”

The Jets were expected to show interest in Los Angeles Rams left guard Rodger Saffold, who will be one of the most coveted interior linemen on the free-agent market, but he’ll be more costly than Osemele in terms of guaranteed money.

Osemele was a second-round pick of the Ravens in 2012. For his career, he has played 93 games, all starts.

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Reaching into the New York Jets mailbag to examine hot-button topics surrounding the team:
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@RichCimini: As ESPN colleague Jeremy Fowler notes in his thorough breakdown of the Le’Veon Bell situation, the chances of him being traded are remote. Here’s why:

By rule, a franchise-tagged player isn’t allowed to sign a multiyear contract until the regular season ends. The deadline was July 15. In other words, any team that wants to trade for the talented running back would be taking a risk because he could be a one-year rental. Would it be worth it for the Jets to trade a third-round pick for a possible one-and-done player?

The New Orleans Saints just did it with Teddy Bridgewater, but they’re a win-now team with a closing window. In my opinion, it wouldn’t be a smart move for the Jets. If they were one or two players away from being a serious playoff contender, I’d say to try to make a deal. But, as you know, that is not the case, especially with a rookie quarterback. Plus, I doubt the Steelers would trade Bell for only a third-rounder.

One caveat: If the Jets are 5-3 or better at the trading deadline, then, yeah, go for it.

There’s another side to the question: If Bell is refusing to play for the Steelers for $14.5 million (the amount of the franchise tag), why on earth would he do it for the Jets? They could try to entice him by sweetening his one-year salary — the Steelers are allowed to do that, too — but then it begs the question: Is it worth paying a running back more than $15 million for one year? Right now, the Jets have $15.5 million in cap room, so it would be a tight squeeze.

From the Jets’ perspective, it makes more sense to wait until Bell becomes a free agent after the season, assuming he’s not tagged a third time. His asking price will be outrageous, and you could argue it wouldn’t be prudent to pay more than $40 million in guarantees for a 27-year-old running back. Then again, general manager Mike Maccagnan was willing to pay top-of-the-market contracts to Khalil Mack and Kirk Cousins, so it couldn’t be ruled out.
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#jetsmail @RichCimini Jets Starting OL did not play together in preseason, how porous of a group should we expect this season? Is that a reason they kept (TE) Eric Tomlinson for 6th blocker packages?

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@RichCimini: You’re absolutely correct; the starting five didn’t play a single snap together in an actual game, which is troublesome. Three reasons: They’re learning a new scheme, they have a new center (Spencer Long) making the protection calls, and a rookie quarterback. They’ve had several practices together, but there’s a big difference between practices and games. There will be a transition period.

The biggest concern is left tackle Kelvin Beachum, who missed the preseason because of a foot issue. When he wasn’t able to practice, he worked with the training staff, which put him through various drills that simulated game-like movements and strength patterns. Pretty scientific stuff, but again, there’s nothing like a game. Opening night could be a rough one for Beachum, who will have to block the Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah.

After a week or two, I think the line will settle down. We’re talking about five veteran players, so it’s not like they’re breaking in a newbie. That said, they’ll need some help from the playcaller and Sam Darnold, who has to throw on time.

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A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:

1. Rare winning streak? There are crazy stats, and there are really crazy stats. This falls into the latter category.

On Sunday, quarterback Josh McCown will try to win back-to-back starts (in consecutive weeks) for the first time since 2004. Starting for the Arizona Cardinals that year, he beat the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants on Nov. 7 and 14, respectively. And that was the one and only two-game winning streak of his career.

Since then, he’s 0-8 the week after victories and 14-37 overall. Granted, McCown hasn’t been an every-week starter in his long and circuitous career, but we’re still talking about 2004. Heck, that was the year Facebook was launched. McCown’s slump is old enough to see PG-13 movies.

Maybe it ends against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

2. Quick on the draw: McCown is playing better than anyone expected, and one of the reasons is because he’s getting rid of the ball quickly. From snap to ball release, his average time is 2.25 seconds, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The only quarterback with a quicker release is Derek Carr (2.04).

This represents a significant change for McCown, never known for a quick release. From 2014 to 2016, he ranked 28th in the league at 2.60 seconds. He cited three reasons for the improvement, including a conscious effort on his part to quicken his delivery. He also credited quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, who has streamlined his mechanics. The last reason is the system, a West Coast scheme predicated on short drops and quick throws.

“It’s where we’re putting guys and getting guys open, and that all ties into preparation — from walk-throughs to practice to the game,” he said. “It’s the different looks that the coaches are giving us and the way they keep us prepared, so when we get out there Sunday, when you know where to go with the football, you get it out faster.”

3. ShoulderGate: Muhammad Wilkerson violated team protocol this week by revealing the exact nature of his shoulder injury — a Grade 1 AC joint sprain. That didn’t sit well with Todd Bowles, who, like most coaches, is a control freak when it comes to that stuff. Was it an innocent mistake by Wilkerson or was there an ulterior motive? He and the organization weren’t on the same page last season as he dealt with the residual effects of his surgically repaired ankle, so perhaps he put it out there thinking it would minimize potential criticism for lackluster play. We’ll never know for sure.

The bigger story is that Wilkerson is off to another slow start — eight tackles, no sacks, no quarterback hits, no tackles-for-loss. The odds of returning next season fade with each game he fails to dominate. His cap charge in 2018 is $20 million, third-highest among non-quarterbacks. That includes a $16.75 million salary that becomes guaranteed on the third day of the league year in March. There’s no way he will see that money, barring an epic turnaround.

Wilkerson, a Pro Bowl player in 2015, has produced only two sacks in his last 11 games — and one of them came in garbage time in the Christmas Eve debacle in New England. The organization is troubled by his falloff, especially after giving him a five-year, $86 million contract in 2016. Is the shoulder a factor? The Jets apparently don’t think so. On Friday, Bowles said, “It doesn’t impact him at all.” A Grade 1 sprain is considered very mild.

Wilkerson’s new reality is this: If he doesn’t start playing better — a lot better — he’ll join the list of former first-round picks booted out of the building over the last few months.

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4. Memo to the pro-tanking crowd: Let the Jaguars serve as a cautionary tale that highly-drafted quarterbacks don’t always grow up to be franchise saviors. They picked Blake Bortles third overall in 2014, and he hasn’t come close to expectations. He’s 12-35 as a starter, with 53 interceptions. Said one NFC scout: “I’m shocked he’s still on the team.”

5. Two-way Thomas: Defensive end Lawrence Thomas made history last week — kind of. He became the first player in Jets history wearing a number in the 90s to catch a pass, according to Randy Lange of the team’s official website. Sorry, Mark Gastineau fans.

It wasn’t Thomas’s first offensive rodeo. As a freshman at Michigan State (2012), he played fullback and caught seven passes for 78 yards.

This won’t be a regular gig for him, according to Bowles, who said they “may sprinkle him over there” from time to time.

6. Big Ben watch: We’re still a month away from the trading deadline, but one player to watch is backup left tackle Ben Ijalana. He’s only 28 and has starting experience, which could appeal to a tackle-needy team. He’s sitting on the bench even though he’s making starter’s money ($5.5 million). That’s an awfully expensive insurance policy.

7. Bayou backs: The Jets have a thing for running backs with ties to the New Orleans Saints and the state of Louisiana. This week, they signed former Saint Travaris Cadet. Their practice squad includes Marcus Murphy, another ex-Saint. In the past, they’ve had Chris Ivory and Khiry Robinson, both of whom played in the Big Easy. Let’s not forget about Louisiana natives Matt Forte (Tulane) and Elijah McGuire (Louisiana-Lafayette). If you want to go back a few years, they had the late Joe McKnight, a New Orleans high-school legend. What’s it all mean? Nothing, really. Just thought it was interesting.
8. From Hit Man to Invisible Man: To me, this is one of the most stunning stats of the young season: Former Jets linebacker David Harris has played only seven defensive snaps for the New England Patriots — seven! After getting unceremoniously sacked by the Jets, he joined forces with Bill Belichick thinking he’d have a significant job. He’s making $2.75 million this year, which indicates they envisioned more than a bench-warmer role for him. Seven snaps? Like I said, stunning.

9. Double-D speaks up: Demario Davis, whom the Jets re-acquired to replace Harris at middle linebacker, has emerged quickly as a leader. In the team meeting on the eve of last week’s game, when Bowles and the players discussed their plans for the national anthem, Davis was one of the most vocal players in the room, I’m told. They’ve long needed a vocal leader on defense.

10. The ring’s the thing: At halftime, Kevin Mawae will be 18th player inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor. Who will be No. 19? If you ask me, tackle Marvin Powell (five Pro Bowls) and linebacker Mo Lewis (three) should headline the next group of candidates.