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Authentic Anthony Cioffi Jersey is back home, the Jersey guy having signed with the New York Jets last week ago. The Rutgers product, who put together a standout performance last year in the Canadian Football League (CFL), will bolster the team’s secondary depth at both safety and nickleback.

It is a bit of redemption for Cioffi, who in 2017 was cut by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent. Since then, he has taken the opportunity to improve in order to get another shot in the NFL.

The speedy Cioffi has put together a couple of solid seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks of the (CFL), including 61 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks a season ago. His growth over the past two seasons in the CFL has been remarkable.

Based off this upward trajectory, several weeks ago the Jets had reached out to Cioffi’s agent, Joe Linta, after having scouted him the cornerback the CFL season. They wanted Cioffi to send in film of him running a timed 40 as well some drills like the 3-cone.

He ran between a 4.43 – 4.47 hand-timed 40 at TEST Sports Club, a local facility that trains players for the NFL Draft. That was enough for the Jets, who brought him into the team’s practice facility on February 13.

Cioffi worked out with an assistant coach in the indoor practice facility. A contract followed shortly after the workout.

“It was a one-on-one positional drills, like they do in practice,” Cioffi told SportsIllustrated.com’s Jets Country.

“They don’t want me to play cornerback. Not really sure where they want to place me but I’m just assuming safety right now or maybe nickel. I don’t think I’ll be playing corner.”

He’s as local as it gets for the Jets. Born and bred in New Jersey, he was a high school standout at defensive back for Johnathan Dayton where he also won a state title in track. He decided to stay in-state and committed to Rutgers, becoming the first member of the class of 2013.

After a four-year career where he was a starter at cornerback as a true freshman at Rutgers, Cioffi was gutted when he was among the final cuts by the Raiders. The CFL, however, may have been a blessing in disguise for him.

The make-up of the CFL, including a larger field, a rule where the defense lines up one-yard off the line of scrimmage as well as eligible wide receivers in motion all made Cioffi grow as a player. Film study too, he said, is something where he has developed since his last time in the NFL.

He believes this has made him a more polished player and one ready to make an impact on the Jets.

“I just feel like there will always be that chip on the shoulder and I thank God, honestly. I just feel like I continued to push through – even though I signed the contract – God blessed me with an opportunity to play in my backyard,” Cioffi said.

“That’s great but the work is not done. I need to make it known the type of guy I am and that I will play 100 percent. I believe in my head that you make a decision, you go with it.”

Cioffi will join former Rutgers teammate Bless Austin on the Jets roster. The two cornerbacks often played on the same side of the field as teammates at Rutgers.

Ahead of his workout with the Jets two weeks ago, Cioffi called Austin, a rookie last year who impressed in his several starts last year. The NFL hopeful did so get some advice on the team. He said that Austin’s advice was short and sweet – “simply be yourself.”

It seems to have worked.

Cioffi also hopes that he can help the Jets on special teams, where he used his speed to become a standout with the Redblacks unit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 20, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) on the sidelines in a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Alabama defeated the Vols 58-21. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during the Alabama Media Day at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) during Alabama’s practice on the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018. Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams talks with reporters during an Orange Bowl press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rubs the head of defensive lineman Quinnen Williams as they leave an Orange Bowl press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday morning December 26, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) speaks during an Orange Bowl press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday December 26, 2018.
Alabama’s Quinnen Williams poses with the trophy after winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman in college football, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) celebrates a sack against Georgia during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) pressures Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during first half action of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday December 1, 2018.
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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This week’s New York Jets mailbag focuses on the No. 1 question surrounding the team. Hint: It involves Sam Darnold.

Rich how much of a chance do you give Darnold to start week 1? #jetsmail

— Joseph Cusumano (@JosephCusumano3) May 11, 2018
@RichCimini: I can make it real simple, Joe: When Darnold is deemed ready by coach Todd Bowles, he will be the starting quarterback. It really doesn’t matter how Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater perform in the preseason. They’re the supporting actors in this new production; Darnold is the star of the show and it makes no sense to hold him back if he can function in the position.

Based on recent NFL history, I’d say there’s a 65 percent chance he will start Week 1. Where did I come up with that number? Of the 17 quarterbacks picked in the top 10 in the 2008 to 2017 drafts, 11 started on opening day. Mitchell Trubisky (fifth game), Blake Bortles (fourth) and Blaine Gabbert (third) were close behind.

Moral of the story: If you’re investing that much in a quarterback, don’t be afraid to play him as a rookie. It might not be pretty — only four of the 17 made the playoffs — but tackling the growing pains is a necessary evil.

I can see the Jets following a Trubisky-like path, and here’s why: Bowles is old-school when it comes to playing unproven players, especially at quarterback, and I think he’ll lean toward McCown to start the season. The schedule also could be a factor.

Three of the first four games are on the road, including the opener (Detroit), a Thursday night/short week in Week 3 (Cleveland) and a showdown against the best defense in the league in Week 4 (Jacksonville). That’s a formidable stretch for any quarterback, let alone a rookie.

After Week 4, the schedule is tailor-made for breaking in a neophyte quarterback: three consecutive home games. That, I believe, is the Darnold window.

Darnold probably will get the majority of the reps in the preseason, just as Christian Hackenberg did last summer, so he will have every opportunity to claim the job that has his name on it. Once he proves he can execute Jeremy Bates’ offense, he should be given the keys to the car. Based on the current personnel, it is more like a used pickup truck.

One online sportsbook puts the over/under on the number of Darnold starts at 5.5. I’m surprised it’s that low. If Darnold starts fewer than six games, that would be disappointing for the Jets.

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The Jets are young everywhere and that’s certainly the case on defense.

Every player on the defensive side of the ball is 28 or younger sans DL Steve McLendon (31) and ILB David Harris (33). After leading the club in tackles in nine of his 10 pro seasons, Harris will be back for an 11th season at the Mike ‘backer spot. His 35 career sacks are the most by any NFL player who’s played exclusively inside linebacker since 2007.

“He’s our leader out there on the field,” said head coach Todd Bowles at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix, AZ.

But the Jets have some other players on the unit who may help set the tone. DL Leonard Williams surged in Year 2 and earned a Pro Bowl invite while ILB Darron Lee, who was selected No. 20 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, could be poised for a similar jump.

“You can’t force a leader. You can train them, and some of them are naturally gifted. They were all leaders in college,” Bowles said. “Then you take a back seat to some guys when you come into the league. But those guys I expect to see step up. We have about 15 of them that I’m pretty sure can lead.”

With the draft around the corner, we examine the position groups as they stand today. We continue our series with the defense.

Defensive Line
Bowles said DL Muhammad Wilkerson “gutted it out” last year as he worked his way back from a broken leg. In 15 games, Wilkerson racked up 4.5 sacks along with 10 QB hits. The hope is Wilkerson returns with a vengeance. In his second pro season, the 6’5”, 302-pound Williams was voted Team MVP after recording 7.0 sacks along with 86 tackles. Sheldon Richardson possesses rare athletic qualities and his versatility has been showcased throughout his first three seasons. Richardson has posted 18.0 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career. Slowed down the stretch by a hamstring injury, former Steelers DT Steve McLendon registered career highs with 3.5 sacks and 35 tackles last season. There is intriguing depth here as well with the likes of Deon Simon and Lawrence Thomas and the Jets recently added Mike Pennel to the mix. The Green & White have options to play various fronts and don’t have glaring needs on the interior. It would be fascinating if Alabama’s Jonathan Allen was there at No. 6 and teams were interested in moving up for a 6’3”, 291-pounder who racked up 28.5 sacks for the Crimson Tide.

 

Linebackers
Alongside Harris, is Lee ready to break out? He got his feet wet as a rookie, registering 76 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 games. The 6’1”, 232-pounder is blessed with tremendous speed and explosiveness and he’ll benefit from his early experience. Understanding how and why teams attack in this league is more than half of the battle and Lee is determined to become a playmaker. On the outside, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Corey Lemonier and Josh Martin will be tutored by one of the greatest pass rushers in the history of the sport in Kevin Greene. Jenkins flashed late, tallying 2.5 sacks over the final four contests while doing a decent job setting the edge. Mauldin has racked up 6.5 sacks in two seasons, but he was limited to 11 games in 2016 as an ankle injury kept him out of the lineup the last five games. This is considered an outstanding pass-rushing class as some pundits are predicting as many as six edge rushers could go in Round 1 and 10-12 could be taken off the board before the end of Round 2. Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) may go No. 1 overall to Cleveland, but there is plenty of depth beyond him in the form of Charles Harris (Missouri), Hasson Reddick (Temple), Tim Williams (Alabama), Takkarist McKinley (UCLA) and Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt).

 

Defensive Backs
After parting ways with CB Darrelle Revis, the Green & White signed former Cowboy Morris Claiborne in free agency. A first-round pick of Dallas in the 2012 NFL Draft, the 5’11”, 192-pound Claiborne played some of the best football of his career last season. Bowles thinks he got a good one if Claiborne can stay healthy. Juston Burris, a fourth-round pick out of NC State in 2016, flashed down the stretch and he should compete for playing time on the outside early in 2017. After being claimed off of waivers from the Patriots, the speedy Darryl Roberts finished tied for first on the team with eight passes defended. Buster Skrinecan play inside at nickel or outside the numbers, having registered 116 tackles and 16 PDs the past two seasons. Marcus Williams has a knack for finding the football, hauling in nine interceptions over his first 34 games, and Dexter McDougle will look to make his mark in the spring. This is a loaded draft class, starting at the top with Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State), but the list of big-time talents is long and includes Tre’Davious White (LSU), Jourdan Lewis (Michigan), Teez Tabor (Florida), Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Adoree’ Jackson (USC), Chidobe Awuzie (Colorado), Quincy Wilson (Florida) and Kevin King (Washington).
At free safety, veteran Marcus Gilchrist is recovering from knee surgery. Strong safety Calvin Pryor, a first-round pick out of Louisville in 2014, has collected 217 tackles in three seasons. Valuable backup Rontez Miles has paced the club with 19 special teams stops the past two years and Doug Middletonworked his way up to the active roster in 2016. There is a star-studded trio of prospects who look to be first-round talents in Jamal Adams (LSU), Malik Hooker (Ohio State) and Budda Baker (Washington). Adams and Hooker both could be top ten selections. Michigan product Jabrill Peppers is one of the more fascinating stories of the draft.

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The Jets have re-signed LS Tanner Purdum.

After originally joining the Green & White on a reserve/future contract on Feb. 2, 2010, the 6’3”, 270-pound Purdum has served as the team’s long snapper the past seven seasons. He has not missed a game during that span, appearing in all 112 regular-season contests.

The 32-year-old Purdum began his NFL career with the Chiefs in the 2009 preseason, was a final cut and then came to the Jets the following February. Purdum has the second-longest tenure on the Jets, trailing only ILB David Harris.

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1966—A crowd of 14,000 at ASD Stadium watches the New York Jets hand the Buffalo Bills a 34-17 preseason loss in the third Allentown Pro Football Classic. Mike Taliafero, playing in place of injured Jets quarterback Joe Namath, throws two touchdown passes to Don Maynard, and Bills backup quarterback Daryl Lamonica throws for 109 yards and a touchdown in relief of starter Jack Kemp, who completed just seven of his 26 attempts.
The high point of Namath’s career was his performance in the Jets’ 16–7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the third Super Bowl in January 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger. The first two games had resulted in blowout victories for the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, and sports writers from NFL cities insisted it would take the AFL several more years to be truly competitive with the NFL. The 1968 Colts were touted as “the greatest football team in history”, and Former NFL star and Atlanta Falcons head coach Norm Van Brocklin ridiculed the AFL before the game, saying “This will be Namath’s first Professional Football game.”

Three days before the game, tired of addressing the issue in the press, Namath responded to a heckler in Miami with the line: “We’re going to win the game. I guarantee it.”

In the game, Namath backed up his boast. The Colts’ vaunted defense was unable to contain the Jets’ running or passing game, while the ineffective offense gave up four interceptions to the Jets. Namath was the game’s MVP, completing eight passes to George Sauer alone, for 133 yards. The win made him the first quarterback to start and win a national championship game in college, to start and win a major professional league championship, and to start and win a Super Bowl. His “guarantee” was initially ignored or ridiculed when made, but it became legendary after the Jets’ upset of the Colts.[24]

Namath acquired legendary status for American Football League fans as the symbol of their league’s legitimacy. When he was asked by reporters after the game whether the Colts’ defense was the “toughest he had ever faced”, Namath responded “That would be the Buffalo Bills’ defense.” The AFL-worst Bills had intercepted Namath five times, three for touchdowns, in their only win in 1968 in late September.

Joe Biden was running behind schedule to accept his Father of the Year Award at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan Tuesday. Joe Namath had already received his, so he got called up again to the mic to kill a few minutes until the vice president arrived. And he used the time to make an endorsement.