The Giants wasted little time in giving their franchise player a longer-term contract. The 2 sides have agreed to a 3-year pact worth $63 million, with $45 million fully guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That contract would carry Williams through his age-29 season.
The Giants have applied the franchise tag to DE Leonard Williams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's an unsurprising move after Williams posted 11.5 sacks in his 1st full year with the team. That beat his previous season high by 4.5 and ranked him 7th in the league. Williams turns 27 in June and looks like a good candidate for a long-term deal with the Giants.
The Jets on Monday traded DE Leonard Williams to the Giants for a 2020 third-round pick plus a 2021 fifth-rounder that becomes a 4th-rounder if the Giants extend Williams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams has traditionally been a better real-life player than fantasy producer. We'll see if moving to the Giants' defense can improve his sack numbers at all. The Giants' edge OLBs have delivered on the sack front so far this season, which could help. Back with the Jets, Folorunso Fatukasi and Kyle Phillips look like the prime candidates for playing-time boosts.
Jets DE Leonard Williams hurt his back in Sunday's loss to the Chargers and did not return. We'll see if he's well enough to play against the Patriots in the finale, but the situation at least adds risk to a guy who has mostly disappointed IDP owners all year. Teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, of course, has been a healthy scratch the past 2 weeks because of his crappy attitude.
Jets DE Leonard Williams left Saturday night's game against the Giants with a wrist injury. It wasn't clear when the injury occurred, and the team ruled him questionable to return. That could indicate the issue being minor. We'll await further updates, though. Williams carries top-15 potential among fantasy D-linemen.
ESPN's Rich Cimini wrote Tuesday that Jets DE Leonard Williams "might be the most impressive player so far in the New York Jets training camp." That accompanied remarks from teammate CB Buster Skrine, saying Williams had been "manhandling" blockers in practice and that he can be a "Pro Bowl guy." Williams tallied just 3 sacks as a rookie last year, but his 21 QB hits tied for 13th in the league. We already had Williams in sleeper range in the DL rankings, expecting him to convert a few more of those hits to sacks. But we've bumped him up further on news that the 2nd-year man is matching the intensity of his fellow star linemen. He appears ready to deliver on the promise that put him in the conversation for the top overall spot in last year's NFL Draft.
Jets DE Sheldon Richardson is inactive for today's game at Houston because of a hamstring injury. That'll return the line to its season-opening alignment and likely mean a bit more playing time for Leonard Williams. It doesn't alter Williams' IDP outlook, however. The Jets' team D also remains usable against the Texans.
Jets DE Sheldon Richardson played 49 of 63 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over Washington, his 1st game back after a 4-week suspension. According to NJ.com, Richardson played in every defensive package except for the base 3-4 look, which the Jets didn't use much against Washington. HC Todd Bowles instead opted for a 4-3 front that got Richardson on the field with Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams. Wilkerson played 59 snaps, and Williams played 57. We see no reason why the Jets wouldn't continue such usage. OLB Quinton Coples spent much less time on the field than usual, but he has yet to register a sack this season. Less Coples would be no big loss to the Jets or IDP owners. Richardson belongs on a roster in most IDP leagues at this point. And the Jets' D looks pretty good going forward.
The Jets watched starting defenders S Calvin Pryor (bruised knee), LB David Harris (quad) and DE Leonard Williams (ankle sprain) leave Sunday's win over Miami with injuries. According to ESPN New York, HC Todd Bowles said Monday that it's too early to know what their statuses will be after the Week 5 bye. We'll check back in on all 3 after the time off. At least none sounds like a longer-term issue. If Williams misses any time, that could allow DE Sheldon Richardson to step back into the lineup, now that his 4-game suspension is done.
Jets DE Leonard Williams left Saturday night's game early with a knee injury. The fact that the team deemed him "questionable" to return tells us it's not serious. We'll see what the full diagnosis says, though. Williams faces big opportunity given DE Sheldon Richardson's uncertain situation. Richardson will already miss the 1st 4 games because of a drug suspension and might yet face further discipline thanks to a July arrest.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have deemed Williams' injury a bone bruise. That would seem to put him in line to play in the regular-season opener.
The league has suspended Jets DE Sheldon Richardson 4 games for violating its substance-abuse policy. Barring a successful appeal, that benches Richardson for season-opening matchups with the Browns, Colts, Eagles and Dolphins. It takes away a run-defense pillar and solid pass rusher from a defense that many expect to push for top-5 fantasy status this year. Rookie Leonard Williams, the #6 overall pick, could fill in for Richardson, though, and keep the D from losing much in run D. (We'll see what Williams can provide as a pass rusher in the pros.) The suspension obviously hurts Richardson's IDP value in fantasy football leagues as well, but he should remain a fine option beyond his return. Williams isn't likely to supplant him as a starter long term, especially with Muhammad Wilkerson facing 2016 free agency. We're also not moving the Jets down our 2015 Team Defense rankings. Three of those 4 games look like non-positive fantasy matchups anyway.
The Jets drafted DL Leonard Williams #5 overall. It's not an obvious fit right away, with the team already sporting Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson at the 3-4 DE spots. But "best player available" has proved to work pretty well for some of the league's most successful teams. Plus, Wilkerson has just 1 year left on his contract. We'll see how the fit works, but Todd Bowles knows a whole lot more about defense than any of us.
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