Jets Fans United: Inspirational Leader Quinnen Williams Taking New Role in 4th Year

September 6, 2022

Jets fourth year interior defensive lineman, Quinnen Williams seeking to be more than just a dominate player along the team’s defensive line. He wants to be that leader of men, inspiration for his young teammates. Leader on and off the field is the naturalization of any player who inspires to be the best.

New York Jets IDL Looking to Inspire

Williams arrived to his media availability on Monday wearing a special T-shirt. It had a picture of him wearing a green suit like the “Iron Man” character from Marvel Comics with his No. 95 on it surrounded by a scene straight out of one of the comic books.

“My favorite character is Iron Man, so this company had made me, I guess, like a New York Iron Man shirt,” Williams said. “It’s got a picture of me in an Iron Man suit. It was super dope. ‘I’m wearing it a lot.

The 2019 first-round pick is one of the few remaining players from the pre-Joe Douglas days. Williams is only 24 but he is already one of the more experienced players on the young roster. The Jets can only hope that Williams will be their Iron Man on defense this year.

Iron Man: Quinnen Williams

To reverse those trends, Quinnen has taken what he learned during the down years and become a leader for a talented defensive line that also features John Franklin-Myers, who tied Q for the team lead last season with six sacks, Carl Lawson, who is returning after a ruptured Achilles, and free agent signee Solomon Thomas.

“First and foremost, I want to be a leader,” Williams said. “Do things I can do on the field and off the field to help guys and help the team in general. “There are expectations for this team and expectations for this defense in general. We have to go out there and execute the plays that are being called and execute your job that is being called for.”

Jets Quinnen Williams courtesy of USA Today

“I definitely look up and be like, ‘Man, this is my fourth year.’ But I’m still young and learning,” Williams said. “I’ve learned a lot throughout this time. I can share the things that I’ve learned, especially off the field as a younger guy to the younger guys on the team. I’m still learning and I’m teaching at the same time. It’s one of those things that I really don’t look at age when it comes down to being a veteran or not a veteran. Being an experienced guy, I’m definitely experienced going into my fourth year.”

Hungry for a reversal of fortunes, Quinnen Williams believes the Jets have a group to turn around a defense that ranked last in opponent’s points per game last season. A Pro Bowl alternate in 2021, Q is a talented pass rusher who has developed into a premier run-stopper. Among the 54 NFL defensive linemen with 500+ snaps as an interior defender last season, Williams ranked fifth in stop percentage and seventh in stuff percentage.

“He can be a very dominant football player and I’m not talking dominant from a statistical standpoint,” Saleh said. “I just think he can be a very disruptive football player and he’s fully healthy, he’s in tremendous shape, he’s got the right mindset and he’s saying all the right things. Just really excited for him to just put that effort out every single day and see where it takes him, but he’s in a much better place than he was a year ago just in terms of his overall physical makeup because of the injury he suffered during OTAs last year, but really excited about the direction he’s going.”