Leonard Williams
Leonard Williams
25-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.
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.
ANALYSIS
The difference in salary is $1.7 million -- $17.8 for DE versus $16.1 for DT. Williams seems to be arguing that his pass-rushing chops equate to the former, even though his pressure count -- he's had at least 16 in each of his five pro seasons -- didn't translate to the sack department. (He managed just 0.5 in 2019). There's precedent for such cases, as Jimmy Graham attempted to be designated as a wide receiver in 2014. Ultimately, the tight end's request was seen before an independent arbitrator, who ruled in the NFL's favor. Once the current grievance is filed, Williams should get a similar day in court.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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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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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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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Tagged by G-Men
DENew York Giants
March 16, 2020
Williams is getting a franchise tag from the Giants, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
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Makes impact with Giants
DENew York Giants
January 6, 2020
Williams recorded 26 tackles (13 solo), a half-sack, two defended passes and one forced fumble across eight contests with the Giants in 2019.
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Dealt to Giants
DENew York Giants
October 28, 2019
The Giants acquired Williams from the Jets on Monday in exchange for a 2020 third-round draft pick and a fifth-round selection in 2021, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Returns to practice
DENew York Jets
August 13, 2019
Williams (hip) participated in Tuesday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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