Leonard Williams is an impending free agent with the New York Giants. Before he heads for free agency, Williams is getting some help from a former All-Pro. Just a month before free agency gets underway, Williams is working with Richard Seymour in the offseason.
When Williams came into the NFL, he was the sixth-overall pick by the New York Jets out of USC. Upon his selection, Williams was expected to immediately become a premier interior defender.
In his first four seasons in the league, Williams showed flashes of possibly being a talented defensive lineman. However, after a slow start to the 2019 season, the Jets decided to trade him to their intercity counterparts.
The trade for Williams involved the Giants sending a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 conditional pick. In the event that Williams re-signs with the Giants, the Jets would receive a fourth and fifth-round pick instead.
Despite the change of scenery, the USC product didn’t show enough to warrant him receiving a lucrative contract. In his eight games with the Giants, Williams notched 26 tackles, half a sack, and a forced fumble.
After yet another disappointing season, Williams is determined to improve his game regardless of where he plays in 2020. Seymour said that he believes that Williams “has all of the tools for what it takes to be great”.
There’s no doubt that Williams has what it takes to be a starting defensive end in the NFL. But for him to take the next step, he has to begin producing like an early first-round pick. The 2020 season is going to be a pivotal one for Williams and it could determine how the rest of his career unfolds.