Leonard Williams
Leonard Williams
26-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
New York Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The sixth overall pick in 2015, Williams hasn't lived up to his pedigree thus far, but Giants GM Dave Gettleman gambled by trading a third- and a fifth-round pick for him last October and franchised him this offseason. Williams made an impact with pressures and tackles, but he's currently filing a grievance because the franchise tag was for defensive tackle rather than end, which stands to cost him $1.7 million. Assuming the parties work out their differences, Williams should play both tackle and end in the team's 3-4 alignment. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $16.13 million contract with the Giants in April of 2020.
Takes down Big Ben
DENew York Giants
September 15, 2020
Williams recorded five tackles -- two for a loss -- a sack and two QB hits in Monday's 26-16 loss to the Steelers.
ANALYSIS
Williams already has more sacks in one game this season than he notched over 15 games in 2019, and it looks sustainable considering his QB hits and tackles for loss stats. The 2015 first-round pick posted five or more tackles just twice last year, though, so his IDP value could fluctuate if he can't get to the QB. Still, the USC product is worth keeping an eye on heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Bears.
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Measurables Review
How do Leonard Williams' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
302 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.97 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.59 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
106 in
 
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2019 New York Jets
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Williams has been a productive but not dominant player since being selected sixth overall in 2015, but the defensive lineman's statistical impact has been limited by double teams on a Jets team that has lacked talent around him. As a result, Williams has just 89 tackles and seven sacks in the past two seasons combined after posting 68 tackles and seven sacks in 2016 alone. New York invested heavily on defense in free agency and in the draft, so Williams should get more room to wreak havoc in the opposing backfield.
Williams hasn't been a flashy presence in the NFL – even the best 3-4 ends tend not to be – but there's still plenty of reason to believe he's one of the league's most talented linemen. Last year's disappointing box score is probably explained by playing through wrist, concussion, and bank issues at various points, because in the two prior seasons Williams averaged 60-plus tackles and five sacks per year. He'll be just 24 in June, so expect him to bounce back.
The youngest and perhaps trendiest of the three excellent Jets linemen (Wilkerson, Williams, Sheldon Richardson), Williams' hype is entirely warranted. He turned 23 in May, yet he already has two 60-tackle seasons to his credit, and he showed new pass-rushing skills last year with seven sacks on 895 snaps. It might be difficult for Williams to approach double-digit sacks on a Jets team that figures to frequently watch opponents milk the clock, but his talent is too great not to remain one of the league's most productive linemen.
Sheldon Richardson's off-field issues could result in a suspension to begin the 2016 season – the second season in a row in which Richardson would begin the year with a suspension – and Williams stands to benefit as a result. The blue-chip talent unexpectedly fell to the Jets in the 2015 draft, and he did well for himself as a rookie by exceeding 60 tackles while logging 809 snaps. He only turned 22 in May, so Williams should continue to develop and make the most of the enhanced opportunity he's been given by Richardson's off-field transgressions.
Williams, who the Jets picked sixth overall in the 2015 draft, will battle for playing time at defensive end as a rookie behind Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.
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Set to return to practice
DENew York Giants
August 14, 2020
Williams (hamstring) has been removed from the Giants' active/non-football injury list, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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Going to NFI list
DENew York Giants
Hamstring
August 2, 2020
The Giants placed Williams (hamstring) on the active/non-football injury list Sunday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.
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Not getting extension
DENew York Giants
July 13, 2020
Williams and the Giants aren't planning to work out a contract extension before Wednesday's deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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About to file grievance
DENew York Giants
April 23, 2020
The NFLPA is expected to file a grievance on Williams' behalf as he seeks to be designated as a defensive end rather than a defensive tackle on his franchise tag, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Sticking with Giants
DENew York Giants
April 22, 2020
Williams agreed Wednesday to sign his franchise tender from the Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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