On a struggling team like the New York Jets, Quinnen Williams is a standout.
Put through the fires of the SEC, the Alabama product is a big, physical defensive lineman who does a lot of damage in the pass and run game. When he came out in the draft, it was almost a guarantee that he would be a top notch player in the NFL given his pedigree and his talent level. So far, he has proven that he can be a star player in this league, even if the Jets are actively trying to ruin that trajectory with all of their wonderful decisions they’ve made over the years.
Williams has 6 sacks on the season, a testament to his individual ability to get to the opposing quarterback (stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com). He has the strength to bully offensive guards and centers and is good at helping to keep runs up the middle contained evident from his 7 tackles for a loss this season.
Opposing defensive linemen being highlighted as players to watch out for has been a wonderful tradition this season, given the up and down (generally down) play of Miami’s offensive line. Over the course of the season, Miami’s offensive line has improved from the worst in the league to in the conversation for the worst in the league, if that even really means anything. Miami will more than likely need to double team Williams early and often in this one if they want a chance at keeping Tua’s jersey clean.
Miami has done a decent job at keeping Williams subdued over the course of his career, but with Miami’s poor offensive line and coming off the bye week, I have concerns about Williams going into this one.