Injuries are an unavoidable part of the NFL game. American football is a sport that feeds on its youth.
While injury is an unfortunate part of the game, it also brings opportunity.
The phrase has been overused over the years, but it’s true: it’s the mentality of the next man up. The New York Jets claimed an intriguing linebacker prospect late in the roster construction process ahead of the NFL season who was better known as the older brother of Quinnen Williams than for his own merits as a player.
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What an Impressive Starting Debut
Due to an abundance of linebacker injuries, the Jets used their No. 2 overall waiver wire priority to claim Quincy Williams, a former Jacksonville Jaguars draft pick. Due to more injuries, it didn’t take long for him to be inserted into the starting lineup. According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Quincy not only started at linebacker this past weekend, but he also played 53 of 58 total snaps.
Williams was thrust into the starting lineup due to unforeseen circumstances, but he can keep his job by continuing to make big plays.
Late in the second quarter, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones threw a pass to running back James White, who was immediately intercepted by Williams. The 25-year-old linebacker laid the lumber down and delivered a thunderous hit that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Quincy didn’t get off to the best start in his NFL career due to injuries.
Quincy didn’t get off to the best start in his NFL career due to injuries. That, combined with the fact that his younger brother was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft coming out of college, cast him in the shadow of Quinnen.
Quincy is no longer Quinnen’s older brother; he is now his own man, thanks to his performance in Week 2.
Advanced Metrics Simply Don’t Agree
While Quincy made a name for himself against the New England Patriots in Week 2, not everyone was convinced.
PFF ranked Williams as one of the Jets’ bottom three players coming off that game (47.. 2) the grade.
The talented linebacker gave up five receptions for 48 yards on five targets. Although it’s worth noting that one play in which he gave up 28 yards skewed a lot of his coverage grades.
As Kyle Fahey pointed out on Twitter, he actually gave up four 20-yard catches. His advanced metrics would have been far more impressive if you waved a magic wand and erased the one massive gain.
It wasn’t picture perfect, and pleasing everyone is impossible, but I can tell you Quincy passed the eye test with flying colors. He played with a passion and energy that was contagious not only to his teammates but to the entire MetLife Stadium crowd.
At his introductory press conference, general manager Joe Douglas promised that he would use every tool at his disposal to improve the talent on this roster, including free agency, trades, the NFL draft, and the waiver wire.
Douglas has proven to be a man of his word in that regard, and it appears that he has found a keeper at linebacker for the present and future. Follow @BoyGreen25 @obermuller_nyj @BoyGreen25 @BoyGreen25 @BoyGreen25 $ READ NEXT: Analyst Says Jets’ Cornerback Play Has Been Surprisingly ‘Elite’