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The New York Jets desperately need an edge rusher.

Now there’s a copy/paste sentence that has been used every year since 2006, the year John Abraham was traded to the Atlanta Falcons.

A couple of high-profile pass-rushers in this year’s free-agent class, Jadeveon Clowney and Yannick Ngakoue, are still without a team, but there’s little chance of either one winding up with the Jets. That hasn’t stopped the rumors from swirling — this is the silly season for speculation — but the more likely scenario is the Jets attacking the problem the old-fashioned way, by developing what they have and hunting for a contributor in the draft.

Failing those methods, the Jets have to hope defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can use his smoke and mirrors (again) to generate pressure on the opposing quarterback.

General manager Joe Douglas, speaking to reporters Wednesday for the first time since the scouting combine, didn’t want to play the hypothetical game with regard to Clowney or any other free agents. Douglas pivoted quickly from that line of questioning, noting he was “very excited” to re-sign linebacker Authentic Jordan Jenkins Jersey (team-high 8 sacks), albeit on a one-year contract.

“Love the production that he’s had in his first few years in the league, and talk about one of the best locker room guys we have,” Douglas said. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to get Jordan. We’re going to look at multiple positions throughout the rest of free agency and the draft. If there’s an opportunity for us to upgrade, I think we have the flexibility to do it.”

Aside from Ohio State’s Chase Young, the chalk pick for the Washington Redskins at No. 2 overall, the draft doesn’t include any other elite edge rushers. The Jets probably will go offense with the 11th pick, either offensive line or wide receiver, leaving the pass-rushing issue for the later rounds. In his latest mock draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay has them selecting Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson in the second round, but he’s more of an interior player than an edge threat. Michigan defensive end Josh Uche, an underrated speed rusher, would be a nice get in the second round.

Truth is, it’s extremely hard to find a pass-rusher in the draft. No one knows that better than the Jets, who have tried and failed in recent years with second- and third-day picks (Lorenzo Mauldin, anyone?). Since the Abraham trade, one Jets draft pick has amassed a double-digit sack season — Muhammad Wilkerson (2013 and 2015), who relied on power more than speed. While Jenkins has recorded 15 sacks over the past two years, he is not considered a pure pass-rusher.

Elite rushers rarely get to free agency. When they do, they cost a bundle and, in case you haven’t noticed, the Jets are taking a thrifty approach. Douglas called it “financial discipline.” He said the Jets can splurge if an intriguing opportunity arises, but they won’t be doling out $17 million for Clowney, who reportedly has lowered his asking price. If he’s willing to drop it by another few million, then it would behoove the Jets to get involved. But I don’t see that happening.

Clowney is very good against the run, but he registered three sacks last season for the Seattle Seahawks — one of the reasons why his market is cold. The other reasons are his asking price and injury questions (core muscle and knee). In the current climate, with teams unable to administer physical exams because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions, it is hard to sign a player who has injury concerns.

“We’re going to do our due diligence on everybody that’s out there, especially at the edge-rushing position,” Douglas said in response to a specific question about Clowney. “I’m not going to get into the specifics or the details of the conversations we’ve had.”

The Jets have checked in with Clowney’s agent. Ngakoue’s agent, too. At this point, it can be classified as due diligence on both fronts.

Ngakoue wants to be rid of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he’s restricted by the franchise tag. Any team that wants him would have to compensate the Jaguars (figure at least a first-round pick) and give the player a new contract. He could be a 20/25/29.5 player, meaning $20 million per year, 25 years old and 29.5 sacks over his past three seasons. He’ll probably wind up getting traded before the draft, as Frank Clark and Dee Ford were a year ago, but the double cost is too rich for the Jets’ blood.

Unless Douglas uncovers a hidden gem in the draft, it will be copy/paste next year, too.

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas did some good work improving New York’s roster throughout the first wave of free agency. He revamped the offensive line, added a new deep threat at wide receiver, brought back a pair of in-house free agents and inked a new starting cornerback.

There is one group littered with holes that Gang Green’s first-year general manager did not address, though.

While the Jets have improved on offense and defense, special teams have been almost completely ignored. Douglas somewhat addressed the legmen by signing Authentic Brett Maher Jersey to a futures/reserve contract in December, tending Sam Ficken and signing 23-year-old punter Ian Berryman in February, but none of those moves come off as improvements.

It’s hard to blame Douglas for letting special teams fall by the wayside a little bit in the opening days of free agency. The Jets had much more pressing needs on offense and defense that required Douglas’ complete attention. Kicking and punting issues are usually solved either later in free agency or before training camp anyway, which does not make this some sort of major gaffe on Douglas’ part.

With that being said, the Jets can’t afford to ignore the numerous holes that could plague the unit in 2020 for much longer. Maher isn’t much of an upgrade over Ficken, which is saying a lot. He converted only 66 percent of his field goals last season, while Ficken hit 70 percent.

As for Berryman, he has never punted in a regular season game. That does not mean he isn’t up for the task, but it’s hard to justify replacing Lachlan Edwards, who remains an unrestricted free agent, with a player with no regular season experience just to save a little bit of money.

Special teams are just as important a facet of the game as offense and defense. Without a kicker who can consistently put the ball through the uprights and a punter that can flip field position, the Jets are going to suffer.

If there is any special teams coach that can make due what he is given, it’s Brant Boyer. As good as Boyer is at what he does, though, he’s not a magician. It might be a harsh criticism considering Maher and Berryman have yet to go through a single practice with the Jets, but it is seriously worth wondering if these two are capable of accomplishing what Boyer is asking of them.

It’s safe to assume Douglas’ work in this area is far from done. Competition will be brought in throughout the summer and the best players will ultimately win out. As it stands right now, though, things aren’t looking too hot for the Jets on special teams.

That has to change sooner rather than later.

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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.

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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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The New York Jets have been decimated by injury, but they’ve got some good news. Brent Qvale and John Franklin-Myers are set to return from IR.
The New York Jets have the most money on IR of any team this year. They’re also tied for the most players on IR of any team in the NFL with 19. Injuries have crushed the Jets this season. That’s especially true at offensive line and linebacker. Well, the Jets are getting two players back who should help that situation.

Brent Qvale has been with the Jets for years. He has been the team’s primary backup tackle for the past three years and he’s gotten some significant playing time. With the Jets suffering injuries to Kelvin Beachum and Authentic Chuma Edoga Jersey at different points of the season having Qvale would have helped.

Now that he is set to return Qvale will likely join the team as the primary backup offensive lineman. The Jets currently only have one other healthy backup offensive lineman, and Authentic Leo Koloamatangi Jersey has never played a down in the NFL. It’s easy to see why the Jets haven’t had Koloamatangi active for a single game. With Qvale coming back the Jets know they have at least one offensive lineman on the bench who can provide adequate play if need be.

The Jets are also set to get edge rusher Authentic John Franklin-Myers Jersey back from IR. Franklin-Myers is in his second year in the NFL, the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams after the preseason.

Franklin-Myers flashed during his rookie season. He had two sacks in limited playing time during the regular season but turned it on in the playoffs. Franklin-Myers had a strip-sack in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Franklin-Myers picked up an injury in camp and only played in one preseason game. The Rams cut him when preseason ended not wanting to hold a roster spot for a promising but injured situational pass rusher. The Jets jumped on him when he went on waivers.

He has spent the entire season on IR, but he’s finally healthy. The Jets pass rush has been anemic this season, and Franklin-Myers has the potential to help fix that problem.

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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 holds his new New York Jets jersey after being picked during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Quinnen WIlliams mingles with New York Jets fans after being picked during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
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 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.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates an Alabama sack 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) 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.
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
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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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has a bulging disk in his neck and will have season-ending surgery — a significant setback to the team’s already thin receiving corps.

Enunwa, injured in a noncontact drill on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, faces a six- to nine-month rehab. The Jets don’t consider it career-threatening.

“[The doctors] said it wasn’t,” coach Todd Bowles said Monday after practice. “Going forward, we’ll see. They said he should come out of it OK.”

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Enunwa, the only receiver on the Jets’ roster with 1,000 career receiving yards (1,172), missed minicamp in June because of a similar injury. The condition was “treatable” at the time, according to Bowles, who said Enunwa was deemed healthy at the start of training camp.

“He was doing fine,” Bowles said. “When he fell the other night, it flared up.”

On Saturday night, Enunwa dropped a pass from Christian Hackenberg during 7-on-7 drills when he took a step and fell to the turf face-first despite being untouched. He got up slowly, then crumpled to the ground and stayed down for several minutes.
Quincy Enunwa was slated to be the Jets’ No. 1 receiver. Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports
His injury leaves the Jets in a precarious position, as they released their two starting receivers — Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall — during a massive roster overhaul in the offseason.

They were counting on Enunwa to be their No. 1 receiver. Now Robby Anderson will move into that role, with Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake the next two in the pecking order. Marshall faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Statistically, the most accomplished receiver on the roster is Marquess Wilson (777 career yards), but he’s considered on the bubble.

“Obviously, they have to get some experience and get some reps, but they’re talented,” Bowles said of his young receivers. “They just have to learn and get caught up to speed.”

Bowles said the Jets haven’t decided if they will add a veteran to the current group.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys we’re trying to develop,” he said. “If there’s something out there that catches our eye, we’ll sign him. If not, we’ll stay with the guys we’ve got. All options are open.”