New York Jets sophomore defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is determined to have a big 2020 season after not accomplishing all the goal he set for his rookie season. Williams, the third overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft, played in 13 games last year, made nine starts, had 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
"Of course people get drafted as high as I do want to do more," Williams said, per the team's website. "I didn't have a horrible season. I just didn't accomplish my goals. My coaches know I can do it.
Guys around me push me. I had a group of guys around me during the offseason that helped me with my confidence and to get me back to the person I want to be." Williams says his confidence is now sky high and he is extremely excited about the upcoming season.
"At the end of the season, I saw the things I did wrong," Williams said. "I was kicking myself. I took some wrong steps last year." He added: "It was all on me. Right now, my confidence is through the roof.
I'm reacting faster, getting off the ball faster. This year, I transformed everything I did -- diet, workout, endurance. I hit it full speed."
Sam Darnold speaks highly of Williams
Jets quarterback Darnold says he loves to be around Williams as he claims the defensive lineman has a "great personality" and he is a "funny man."
"He's a great player, great personality off the field, a funny man," Darnold said. "He's going to make plays, he's explosive, quick off the ball. My offensive line talks about how good he is. For him, it's all about doing little things right."
Defensive line coach Andre Carter has seen some positive changes in Williams' approach. "Since Day 1 [in camp] I saw him just in a better mentality, a better body, more confident," Carter said. "Obviously, a rookie who's a high draft pick there's expectations.
But from a mental standpoint, he was overthinking and overreacting. He was overanalyzing, not playing fast. I think he's now realized what he has to do: line up and go. That's what I've been telling him the past six months.
You are who you are. You have the skill set to be a difference maker and explode off the ball and wreck havoc. Being a difference maker is his mind-set and right how, he's a in a great frame of mind."