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The Jets quietly missed out on one of their free-agent targets this week.

For all the moves that general manager Joe Douglas has made to restructure the roster, Gang Green still has a void at an important yet overlooked spot: Punter.

The Jets wanted to sign veteran Lions punter Sam Martin before he agreed to a three-year, $7.05 million deal with the Broncos, according to sources. The Jets, who have turned offering cheap, one-year deals into a cottage industry, didn’t budget that much for a punter.

They chose not to re-sign Lachlan Edwards, who finished 12th in punt average and 13th in net punt average among those with at least 50 punts last season, before the start of free agency. Edwards has punted every game since entering the league as a 2016 seventh-round pick.

Sam Martin is heading to the Broncos.
Sam Martin is heading to the Broncos.(Andy Clayton-King/AP)
Martin, who’s entering his eighth season, will count $1.53 million against Denver’s 2020 salary cap. He received a $1.45 million signing bonus, while $550,000 of his $1.05 million base salary in 2020 is guaranteed. In other words, the Broncos committed $2 million at signing.

Martin, who was 14th in punt average and 12th in net average last season (50-plus punts), has non-guaranteed base salaries of $2.3 million and $2.25 million, respectively, in the last two years of his deal.

It’s a solid deal, but not exactly breaking the bank. However, it was too rich for the Jets’ blood.

Gang Green signed Authentic Ian Berryman Jersey, who lost the Steelers training camp punting competition last year, to a reserve/futures contract after the season. But they’re still looking for an answer.

Edwards remains unsigned. The Jets have kept in contact with Matt Darr, who was brought in to compete with Edwards last training camp. The draft is another potential pathway. Gang Green has continued to do their homework on Texas A&M’s Braden Mann, who won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best at the position in 2018.

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By now, every Jets fan can recite what the team needs to add through free agency and the draft this offseason.

We all know general manager Joe Douglas must remake the offensive line, find an edge rusher, a cornerback and a wide receiver or two. But the Jets’ needs extend even beyond that.

When the free-agency negotiating window opens March 16 and signings begin March 18, the Jets will be casting a wide net to reshape their roster. We all know what the top needs are, but what else will they need to add?

Here are four areas of need flying under the radar:

Quarterback
No, the Jets have not given up on Sam Darnold, but they need to find someone to play behind him. Both Trevor Siemian and David Fales are set to become free agents. Mike White is the only other quarterback on the roster, and he spent last year on the practice squad.

Backup quarterback is easy to overlook until you need one. The Jets must find someone who can keep the offense moving if Darnold is out. Last season, they fell apart after Darnold contracted mononucleosis and Siemian broke his ankle. Over Darnold’s first two seasons, he has missed six games. The Jets are 0-6 in those games.

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The veteran-quarterback market should be an active one. Case Keenum, Marcus Mariota, Chase Daniel, Colt McCoy and A.J. McCarron all are experienced players who are not going to have opportunities to start. Matt Moore also could hit the market and has familiarity with Adam Gase from their two years in Miami together.

Running Back
We know Le’Veon Bell will be back in 2020, but the situation behind him is murky. The Jets also could move on from Bell after this season and should be lining up someone who can be with them for a few years.

They need to add speed all over the field, but particularly at running back. If they can find a speed back, that will provide a nice complement to Bell and give Darnold and Gase someone who can turn short plays into long gains.

To me, this is a spot you are more likely to fill on the second day of the draft than in free agency. The model in my mind is what the Bills did last year when they took Devin Singletary in the third round out of Florida Atlantic. He ran for 775 yards and two touchdowns and had another 194 yards receiving and two receiving touchdowns as a rookie.

Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery, last year’s backups, are scheduled to hit free agency. The Jets could bring one of them back as an insurance policy before seeing what they can get in the draft.

Defensive Line
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Don’t be surprised, though, if they add another. Douglas knows free agent Timmy Jernigan from his time with both the Eagles and Ravens, so he makes some sense. Jets director of player personnel Chad Alexander came from the Ravens, so keep an eye on another former Raven here in Michael Pierce.

Kicker/Punter
It may be time for a total overhaul of the Jets’ kicking units. Sam Ficken made 70 percent of his field-goal attempts last year, and the Jets are likely to move on. Punter Lachlan Edwards has been inconsistent and is an impending free agent. There are veteran options at both positions (Greg Zuerlein is an intriguing free-agent kicker), but the Jets could try to find someone from the college ranks. They only had two coaches at the Senior Bowl in January — their special teams coordinator and his assistant.

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Since the season ended, we’ve been looking at the players the Jets have signed to futures deals since the end of the season. We wrap up today with a look at offensive lineman Authentic Brad Lundblade Jersey.

The 24-year old is listed at 6’3” and 305 pounds and was an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State in 2018. So far, he has only played in one NFL regular season game with the Panthers, having spent his first two training camps with the Bengals.

Background

Lundblade initially walked on at Oklahoma State, but saw plenty of action as a back-up center and started one game in his true freshman season to earn a scholarship.

After that, he was a three-year starter at center and was voted as a first team all-Big 12 selection in his senior year.

At the end of his college career, Lundblade wasn’t invited to the scouting combine but did play in the East-West Shrine Game. However, he wasn’t expected to get drafted.

After initially signing with the Seahawks, he was released three days later and then attended Bengals rookie camp on a try-out basis. However, he earned a contract and attended training camp in his rookie year. He was released in final cuts but spent the year on the practice squad and signed a futures deal at the end of the season.

In his second season, Lundblade was again released in final cuts but this time was signed to Carolina’s practice squad. They activated him in late November and he played in one game, although he only played on special teams and was released the following week.

The Jets signed Lundblade to their practice squad in December and then inked him to a futures deal at the end of the season.

Let’s move onto some more in-depth analysis of what Lundblade brings to the table, based on in-depth research and film study.

Measurables/Athleticism

Lundblade has decent size and strength, managing 24 bench press reps at his pro day. He also had some success in the shot put and discus while in college. However, scouts have noted that he has short arms.

He is regarded as limited athletically, although his vertical (28 inches) and broad jump (95 inches) were about average.

Usage

In NFL.com’s scouting report, Lance Zierlein suggests that Lundblade is just a center, but reports out of Bengals camp were that he had good versatility and could play both guard spots. In preseason action, he’s played a mixture of all three interior positions, albeit only 24 snaps at left guard.

In college, he only played at center other than one game as a freshman where he lined up as a full back on a short yardage play.

Pass Blocking

Lundblade has improved as a pass blocker since allowing five sacks in his sophomore season. He only allowed one sack and seven total pressures in his senior year and has only given up a few pressures in preseason action.

Lundblade’s best assets are his strength and hand placement. As you can see here, Lundblade (#61) shows an ability to stay in front of his man.

When Lundblade allows his man to get upfield leverage on him, he is capable of using his strength to ride his man out of the play. However, he lacks the ideal footspeed to recover. Also, although he battles well, Lundblade can sometimes be susceptible to the bull rush.

Run Blocking

Lundblade isn’t really a dominant run blocker but shows the ability to control his man at the point of attack.

While he lacks elite athleticism he’s capable of making blocks on the move or getting out to the second level. On this play, he executes a pulling block well.

On some plays, defensive players are able to take advantage of a quickness advantage to gain leverage and then he can struggle to recover.

One thing he needs to work on is finishing his blocks. On this play he initially makes a good block but his man is able to throw him off to get back in on the play.

Screen Blocking

Getting out in front of a screen pass isn’t really something Lundblade has shown much of in his college career or in preseason action. He may need to work on his athletic conditioning to be able to get downfield better.

Footwork/Technique

Lundblade is a good technician who is balanced in his sets and understands how to reset his feet or hand placement to keep his man angled off. In college, he was effective at reach blocks because he would move his feet to get to the outside shoulder before engaging the block.

As noted, though, he has short arms and can sometimes lunge into blocks, leaving him susceptible to over-balancing.

He can also be susceptible to quick moves at the point of attack. This arm over move gives the pass rusher a leverage advantage and Lundblade reaches across and is lucky not to be called for a hold.

Penalties

Lundblade plays with good discipline as he didn’t have any offensive penalties in his nine regular season and preseason appearances. In college, the highest penalty count he had in any season was three.

He did, however, have a false start on special teams which forced the Bengals to retake and ultimately miss an extra point. They lost that game by one point.

Special Teams

Lundblade has only contributed as a blocker on the placekick unit while with the Bengals and Panthers. His only significant contribution was the false start penalty mentioned above.

Instincts/Intelligence

Lundblade is definitely an intelligent player, as he won a series of academic awards at Oklahoma State and was a finalist for the William V. Campbell trophy – also known as the “Academic Heisman”.

While pass protecting, Lundblade keeps his head on a swivel when he’s the spare man and will look to help out. However, scouting reports indicate he can be distracted from picking up blitzers by “occupy blocks”.

Attitude

Lundblade has a good work ethic and leadership abilities, with some experience as a team captain at Oklahoma State. When he graduated, Mike Gundy predicted Lundblade would be running a major company within five years.

On the field, he flashes some nastiness and will take his man to the ground when the opportunity presents itself. He dishes out a pancake to an unsuspecting defensive lineman here.

Injuries

Lundblade hasn’t had many injury issues so far in his career, but did miss two starts in his senior year due to a foot injury. He otherwise started every game during his three seasons as the full-time starting center.

Scheme Fit

Based on his film, Lundblade appears to be most effective in zone blocking schemes. His offensive line coach in his rookie year was current Jets offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who no doubt was involved in the decision to bring him aboard.

With the Bengals, he was a teammate of Jordan Willis and Josh Malone, each of whom could be back with the Jets in 2020.

Conclusions

The Jets look set to overhaul their offensive line this offseason, so there will be opportunities for players like Lundblade to step up.

There is plenty of young competition on the interior line with Jimmy Murray also having signed a futures deal and Leo Koloamatangi expected back in 2020, so it will be difficult for Lundblade to stand out. However, he’s a good technician and could provide them with a consistent depth option as he continues to develop.

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The Jets lost their top wide receiver Tuesday, but wasted no time finding his replacement.

Top free agent Robby Anderson departed Tuesday afternoon — agreeing to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Panthers that will pay him $12 million in the first year, according to a source.

The spot did not remain open long, though, with the Jets agreeing to a deal with free-agent wide receiver Breshad Perriman hours later on a one-year deal worth up to $8 million, with $6 million guaranteed, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Quarterback Sam Darnold loses one of his favorite targets in Anderson, who will reunite with his college coach Matt Rhule in Carolina.

The Jets will hope Perriman can replace Anderson’s production. The two had similar stat lines last season, and Perriman did it with less playing time with the Buccaneers.

Perriman, 26, had 36 catches for 645 yards and six touchdowns for the Bucs, averaging 17.9 yards per reception in 14 games and receiving just 56 percent of the snaps. Anderson, also 26, had 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns for the Jets in 16 games, receiving 91 percent of the snaps.

Perriman can also replace the speed element lost with Anderson’s departure. When he was coming out of Central Florida in 2015, one scout clocked him at 4.19 in the 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas was still a Ravens scout when the team drafted Perriman in the first round in 2015. Perriman did not pan out with the Ravens, struggling with injuries and ineffective play during his three seasons there. Baltimore cut him before the 2018 season. He spent time with the Redskins and Browns before joining the Buccaneers last season.

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With Tampa Bay, he did not play much early in the year, but came on in the final five weeks. He had 25 catches for 506 yards and five touchdowns in that five-game stretch.

The departure of Anderson was somewhat surprising. As the days dragged on in free agency, it seemed more likely he would return. The Jets had hoped to re-sign him, but at their price. Carolina clearly valued him more.

The Jets signed Anderson, 26, as an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of Temple, where Rhule was his coach. He played 62 games, starting 47 in four years. He had 207 catches for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns.

His best season came in 2017 when he had 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The Jets will likely add another receiver in the draft, which is loaded at the position. They might go offensive tackle with the first pick, but they could target a receiver on Day 2 of the draft.

The chance to play for Rhule was something Anderson acknowledged was appealing to him back in January. Anderson missed a year at Temple because of academic ineligibility. Rhule let him return the next year.

“He’s a great coach. I texted him not too long ago and I thanked him,” Anderson said the day after the Jets’ season ended. “He fought and believed in me. He put his name on the line to make me get that second chance and get right.”

Now, he will be reunited with Rhule. He also will be catching passes from Teddy Bridgewater, who spent a brief time with the Jets in the 2018 offseason.

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After a little more than a week of the NFL’s unrestricted free agency signing period, the Jets’ roster has undergone a number of changes, some subtle, some obvious.

And O stands not just for Obvious but for O-line, which has already undergone a major facelift and may be in store for more in the upcoming month leading all the way to the late-April draft Las Vegas.

General manager Joe Douglas and the Jets front office have reportedly signed four new players, all of them mature, experienced NFLers, in tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. The Jets have also shed several names from last year’s roster in losing Brandon Shell (to Seattle), Brent Qvale (to Houston) and Tom Compton (to San Francisco). Meanwhile, T Kelvin Beachum and C Ryan Kalil remain unsigned UFAs.

Cornerback is undergoing a similar reworking as two starters from the previous two seasons, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, have been released while Maurice Canady has signed with Dallas. On the other hand, Douglas and his staff have retained the services of nickel Brian Poole and handyman Arthur Maulet and signed Pierre Desir after his release by Indianapolis.

Wide receiver also had a major exchange of speed merchants as Robby Anderson decided to sign with Carolina and former Tampa Bay blazer Beshad Perriman was reported to have come aboard as a UFA.

Work appears to remain at tackle, corner and WR, as well as in the quest for the elusive multiyear edge rusher, in signing a veteran backup for QB Sam Darnold, in filling in behind RB Le’Veon Bell, and in signing/drafting a new punter if Lachlan Edwards isn’t re-signed. Positions that appear well-stocked are the interior OL, DL and LB except for edge, and safety.

But everything on the Green & White roster and in fact in the NFL is subject to change, at this time of year and at any time.

Here is a reset of the Jets’ active roster, currently at 75 players, which includes all players who have re-signed and those who were reported to have signed with the team during the UFA period:

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Jets Holdover: Sam Darnold
Reserve/Future Signing: Mike White
Free Agent Jets: Trevor Siemian, David Fales

RUNNING BACKS (5)
Jets Holdovers: Le’Veon Bell, Trenton Cannon, Josh Adams, Kenneth Dixon, Jalin Moore
Free Agent Jets: Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery

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Recently Signed UFA: Breshad Perriman (reportedly signed from TB)
Reserve/Future/FA Signings: Jehu Chesson, Josh Doctson, Keon Hatcher
Free Agent Jets: Ty Montgomery, Demaryius Thomas
Departed: Robby Anderson (signed by CAR)

TIGHT ENDS (5)
Jets Holdovers: Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, Daniel Brown (reportedly re-signed), Trevon Wesco, Ross Travis

TACKLES (4)
Jets Holdovers: Chuma Edoga, Ben Braden
Recently Signed UFA: George Fant (reportedly signed from SEA)
First-Year Jet: Corbin Kaufusi
Free Agent Jet: Kelvin Beachum
Departed: Brandon Shell (signed by SEA), Brent Qvale (signed by HOU)

GUARDS (6)
Jets Holdovers: Brian Winters, Alex Lewis (reportedly re-signed), Conor McDermott
Recently Signed UFAs: Greg Van Roten (reportedly signed from CAR), Josh Andrews (reportedly signed from IND)
First-Year Jet: Brian Lundblade
Departed: Tom Compton (signed by SF)

CENTERS (4)
Jets Holdover: Jonotthan Harrison
Recently Signed UFA: Connor McGovern (reportedly signed from DEN)
Exclusive Rights FA: Leo Koloamatangi
Reserve/Future Signing: Jimmy Murray
Free Agent Jet: Ryan Kalil

DEFENSIVE LINE (8)
Jets Holdovers: Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, Quinnen Williams, Kyle Phillips, Nathan Shepherd, Folorunso Fatukasi, Jordan Willis
Reserve/Future Signing: Bronson Kaufusi

LINEBACKERS (14)
Jets Holdovers: C.J. Mosley, Jordan Jenkins (reportedly re-signed), James Burgess (reportedly re-signed), Neville Hewitt (re-signed), Blake Cashman, Tarell Basham, B.J. Bello, Harvey Langi, Avery Williamson, John Franklin-Myers
Exclusive Rights FA: Frankie Luvu
Recently Signed UFA: Patrick Onwuasor (reportedly signed from BAL)
Reserve/Future Signings: Ahmad Gooden, Wyatt Ray
Free Agent Jets: Albert McClellan, Paul Worrilow
Departed: Brandon Copeland (signed by NE)

CORNERBACKS (6)
Jets Holdovers: Brian Poole (re-signed), Arthur Maulet (reportedly re-signed), Nate Hairston, Bless Austin, Kyron Brown
Recently Signed FA: Pierre Desir (reportedly signed from MIN)
Departed: Maurice Canady (signed by DAL), Trumaine Johnson (released), Darryl Roberts (released)

SAFETIES (6)
Jets Holdovers: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Matthias Farley, Bennett Jackson (re-signed)
Recently Signed UFA: Marqui Christian (reportedly signed from L.A. Rams)
First-Year Jet: Anthony Cioffi
Free Agent Jet: Rontez Miles

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Jets Holdovers: K Sam Ficken, LS Thomas Hennessy
Reserve/Future/FA Signings: K Brett Maher, P Ian Berryman
Free Agent Jet: P Lachlan Edwards

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Through the first wave of free agency, Joe Douglas and the Jets have taken time to improve the team’s offensive line — their No. 1 offseason priority — while also bringing back a number of their own players who had hit the open market.

With moving pieces now falling into place, here’s a look at how the Jets’ depth chart may be looking right now (or at least our best guess), though there’s still work to be done …

QUARTERBACK: Sam Darnold, Mike White
This offseason, much has been made about the Giants’ backup quarterback situation, but the Jets could also use a veteran signal-caller behind Darnold. Trevor Siemian and David Fales, both of whom saw playing time with Darnold dealing with mono last season, are both free agents, and the Jets must add to the QB depth chart.

White is a former fifth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, but he doesn’t have the experience many teams look for at the backup spot.

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Despite the almost constant trade chatter, Bell looks to be the Jets bell cow once again in the backfield. Even in a down season last year, Bell still had nearly 800 rushing yards. As Adam Gase and the coaching staff continue to find the best ways to get Bell the ball, the depth behind him is currently not what it was. Both Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powel are on the open market, as Montgomery was not every effective in his first season in New York.

Josh Adams is an interesting piece, as he was the Eagles’ leading rusher in 2018. He’s had time on the Jets’ practice squad, and he could be a prime candidate to see a big uptick in playing time next season.

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There is obviously one huge piece to the Jets’ reciever puzzle, and that’s Robby Anderson. The wide receiver market has moved at a glacial pace this offseason, with most teams looking ahead to the draft to fill their voids at wide receiver. With that being the case, Anderson could very well end up back with the Jets, but if not, they have a lot of work to do.

Crowder will be back, but he’s more suited to the slot than on the outside. Enunwa’s playing career is in question after another neck injury, and after that, there’s not much on the depth chart. Doctson is a former first-rounder, but he hasn’t lived up to his billing in the NFL.

TIGHT END: Ryan Griffin, Chris Herndon, Trevon Wesco, Ross Travis
Griffin, the UConn product, had a productive first season with the Jets, catching 34 passes with five receiving touchdowns. The question is, can the Jets count on him as a No. 1 tight end? And what about Herndon? Suspensions and injuries limited him to just one game in 2019, but he is a former fourth-round pick who put up 502 receiving yards in his rookie season. Wesco, meanwhile, is more of a blocker and special teams option at this point, as he had just two catches in 16 games last season.

OFFENSIVE LINE
LT: George Fant, Chuma Edoga, Corbin Kaufusi
Fant is a huge gamble for the Jets, but it was likely a necessary one. Yes, he’s mainly been a backup in Seattle, but the Jets were in desperate need for a tackle in free agency, and Fant has the frame to be a solid tackle. He could be a bit of a project, but it’s a high-risk, high-reward move for New York. Plus, there’s always that 11th pick in the draft, which the Jets are very likely to use on another tackle.

LG: Alex Lewis, Connor McGovern, Jonotthan Harrison, Josh Andrews
Trading for Lewis was the first big move that Douglas made last season after taking over as the team’s general manager, and Lewis, while not spectacular, was the team’s most consistent player on the O-line. The Jets recently rewarded him with a new three-year contract, hoping he can pick up where he left off. Behind him, the Jets have both McGovern and Harrison, both with starting experience.

C: Connor McGovern, Jonotthan Harrison, Jimmy Murray, Brad Lundblade, Leo Koloamatangi
McGovern was considered the best center available on the free agent market, and the Jets made sure to grab him early into the league’s new year. The former Bronco should solidify the center spot, where Ryan Kalil struggled after coming out of retirement to sign with Gang Green. McGovern should be a huge upgrade, anchoring the line in front of Darnold. And again, Harrison provides some decent depth as a backup.

RG: Greg Van Roten, Brian Winters, Jonotthan Harrison
Van Roten, signed on Saturday night, figures to be a huge upgrade for the Jets at right tackle. As of now, Winters is still on the roster, but it’s likely he’ll be cut, which will save the Jets $7.2 million in cap space. All of a sudden, the interior of the Jets’ O-line looks very formidable.

RT: Chuma Edoga, Ben Braden, Conor McDermott
The right side of the Jets’ line does not have the top-heavy talent that the left side does, and right tackle is a spot the Jets could use their first-round pick to address. Even if the team were to draft a Mekhi Becton, or Tristan Wirfs, or Andrew Thomas, with eyes on eventually moving him to left tackle for years to come, right tackle could be a good place to learn for a few years until the team is ready to move on from Fant at left tackle.

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DEFENSIVE LINE
DE: Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Nathan Shepherd, Jordan Willis, John Franklin-Myers, Kyle Phillips, Bronson Kaufusi, Wyatt Ray
With Leonard Williams out of the picture, it’s young Quinnen Williams whom the Jets will look to see a big jump out of as he enters his second NFL season. Williams dealt with some injuries during his first NFL season, which resulted in him missing time and recording just 2.5 sacks. Given time, Williams could improve into a solid pass-rushing option for the Jets.

Meanwhile, Henry Anderson had just 1.0 sack in 2019, but with 7.0 the year before, the Jets are hoping from a bounce-back season.

NT: Steve McLendon, Folorunso Fatukasi
McLendon has appeared in all 16 games in each of the last three seasons for the Jets, a big-time run-stopper in the middle of the line. But he’s now 34 years old, and there’s not much in terms of depth behind him. Fatukasi appeared in 14 games last season, making 27 combined tackles, but the Jets could use a little more depth at nose tackle.

LINEBACKER
ILB: C.J. Mosley, Avery Williamson, Neville Hewitt, Blake Cashman, B.J. Bello
Injuries, injuries, and more injuries plagued the Jets’ inside linebacker corps last season, as Mosley, the team’s biggest defensive free agent addition, played in just two games. Mosley did score a touchdown in Week 1, and he’s proven himself in the past as a defensive leader. Getting him back, along with Avery Williamson — who missed the entire regular season with a torn ACL — will be a huge lift for the Jets.

Hewitt, meanwhile, was just brought back on a one-year deal after filling in nicely in 2019.

OLB: Tarell Basham, Harvey Langi, Ahmad Gooden, Frankie Luvu
Outside linebacker is a spot the Jets simply need more production out of, especially with Jordan Jenkins on the open market. There’s a chance Jenkins returns to Gang Green, but if he doesn’t the Jets must add to this spot. Basham played in all 16 games with the Jets last season, but he recorded just 2.0 sacks. With Gregg Williams still using a lot of 3-4 looks, pass-rushing ability out of the outside backers is key.

CORNERBACK: Brian Poole, Bless Austin, Nate Hairston, Arthur Maulet, Kyron Brown
Brian Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season, and while that may not be saying much, the Jets were wise to bring him back on another one-year contract. But Poole has always been best in the slot, and with Trumaine Johnson now fully out of the picture, the Jets need to add to their cornerback unit.

After trading for Hairston, the Temple product played in 11 games and made six starts for the Jets, and there’s a chance he’ll compete for a staring spot on the outside in 2020. The rest of the depth chart has some interesting names in players like Austin, Roberts, and Maulet, but an experienced corner should still be something the Jets should consider.

SAFETY: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Marqui Christian, Matthias Farley, Anthony Cioffi
There were plenty of trade rumors surrounding Adams at last year’s deadline, but Douglas has said he wants to make Adams a Jet for life. While a new contract may not happen this offseason, the Jets have time to lock Adams into a new deal eventually. Adams is one of the best safeties in football, and Maye could prove to be a strong complement at the other safety spot, but the Jets could use or two more names on the depth chart in case either player goes down with an injury.

SPECIALISTS: K Brett Maher, P Ian Berryman, LS Thomas Hennessy
Maher was signed to a reserve/futures contract after last season ended, and he has plenty of kicking experience in the NFL, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys. With Sam Ficken an exclusive rights free agent, it’s likely the Jets simply decide to let him go and give Maher the job. Meanwhile, Lachlan Edwards has been a consistent presence for the Jets at punter, but he’s on the open market, meaning Berryman, whose been a practice squad player, is the only punter on the roster. The Jets will likely bring in another punter at some point.

CONCLUSION
So, just where do the Jets stand? There’s definitely some significant improvement along the offensive line, speciifically in the middle with McGovern coming in and Lewis back in the fold. Left tackle is a question, but Fant could be a big upgrade. Time will tell.

But where the Jets still need a lot of work is in the pass-rushing department. Williams’ defenses in the past have thrived at bringing pressure, and while he found ways last season to get creative in terms of the blitz, bringing in a veteran pass-rusher could help matters immensely, and there are good players available, such as Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews, Markus Golden, and Ziggy Ansah, among others.

Wide receiver is also a big question, but with every passing moment, the odds of Anderson coming back to Gang Green seem to increase. The receiver market is moving slow, and the Jets are wise to stay patient here. This year’s draft may be the deepest receiver class ever.

The Jets have filled some of their needs already, and they have time to fill others, but there’s definitely work to be done by Douglas and the front office.

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Adam Gase brought back a familiar face in the quarterback room.

The Jets agreed to a one-year deal with veteran David Fales on Tuesday, according to a source. Fales’ familiarity with Gase’s system will be important given the restrictions this offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fales, who served as Authentic Sam Darnold Jersey backup for the final 12 games of last season, didn’t attempt a pass in eight snaps last year. He spent a week with Gang Green last September before getting cut. He was re-signed a couple weeks later after Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending injury and moved up the depth chart after Luke Falk was released.

Fales, 29, has been with Gase in Chicago and Miami, too.

The Jets, who also have Authentic Mike White Jersey on the roster, went 0-3 without Darnold last season. Although veteran Matt Moore, who started a playoff game for Gase in Miami, appeared to be a natural choice to bring in, the Jets haven’t shown interest to this point.

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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 (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.”