Quinnen Williams
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Quinnen Williams in 2019
No. 95 – New York Jets
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1997-12-21) December 21, 1997 (age 24)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Wenonah
(Birmingham, Alabama)
College:Alabama (2016–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:136
Sacks:15.5
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Quinnen Williams (born December 21, 1997) is an American football defensive tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Alabama. He is the younger brother of New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams.

Early years

Williams attended Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama. His mother died of breast cancer in 2010.[1] He was rated as a four-star prospect and the 17th best defensive tackle in the country for the class of 2016 by the 247Sports Composite.[2] Williams originally committed to Auburn University to play college football but changed to the University of Alabama on June 30, 2015.[3][4]

College career

After redshirting his first year at Alabama in 2016, Williams played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2017, recording 20 tackles and two sacks.[5][6][7] He had two tackles in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Georgia.

Williams was named the starting nose guard prior to Alabama's 2018 season opener against Louisville.[8] He accounted for six total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in the game and was named SEC Co-Defensive Line player of the week.[9] In a shutout win against LSU on November 3, Williams had 10 total tackles, 3.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks, and was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week.[10]

After his redshirt sophomore season, Williams was named a unanimous first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC. He was awarded the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman. His 20 tackles for loss were tied for second in the SEC, and his eight sacks were tied for fifth in the conference.[11]

On January 11, 2019, Williams announced that he would forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[12]

College statistics

Year Team GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2016 Alabama
Redshirt
Redshirted
2017 Alabama 14 11 9 20 6.5 2.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 Alabama 15 45 26 71 19.5 8.0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 29 56 35 91 26.0 10.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Source:[13]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
303 lb
(137 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.83 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
11
All values from NFL Combine[14]

Williams was drafted by the New York Jets with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[15] On July 25, 2019, Williams agreed to a four-year deal with the Jets worth $32.5 million featuring a $21.6 million signing bonus and a fifth year option.

Williams (right) and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Daron Payne swap jerseys after a 2019 game
Williams (right) and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Daron Payne swap jerseys after a 2019 game

On August 26, 2019, Williams was fined $21,056 for a late hit on Matt Schaub in the second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.[16]

2019

Williams played his first regular season game on September 8, 2019 against the Buffalo Bills, but did not record a stat, and left the game in the third quarter due to an ankle injury. In Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, Williams recorded his first career sack on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the 26–18 loss.[17] In Week 10 against the New York Giants, Williams recorded his first career fumble recovery, securing a football lost by Golden Tate on the final play of the game in the Jets' 34–27 victory. In Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Williams recorded his second sack of the season in the Jets' 16–10 win, though this would be his final tackle of the season. Overall, Williams would finish his rookie season with 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery in his 13 games played.

2020

In Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, Williams recorded his first two sacks of the season during the 31–13 loss.[18] On October 10, Williams was fined $25,000 for two personal fouls that he committed in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos. In Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, Williams recorded 1.5 sacks on Ryan Fitzpatrick and forced a fumble on running back Matt Breida that was recovered by the Jets during the 20–3 loss.[19] On December 23, 2020, Williams was placed on injured reserve, causing him to miss the final two games of the season.[20] He received one All-Pro vote for the 2020 season.[21]

2021

On May 4, 2021, it was revealed that Williams was diagnosed with a small fracture in his foot. He underwent surgery three days later.[22]

On October 4 in a game against the Tennessee Titans, Quinnen and his brother Quincy, who joined the Jets earlier that season, made NFL history by each recording a sack in the win.

2022

The Jets picked up the fifth-year option on Williams' contract on April 26, 2022.[23]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck Sfty FF FR Yds TD PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD
2019 NYJ 13 9 28 15 13 2.5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
2020 NYJ 13 13 55 32 23 7.0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
2021 NYJ 15 15 53 36 17 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
Career 41 37 136 83 53 15.5 0 2 1 0 0 7 0 0 0.0 0 0

Personal life

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, Williams donated healthy meals to medical professionals on the front lines in New Jersey.[24] Williams also helped give away over 10,000 boxes of fruits and vegetables for those in need at Historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. This event was held by Former University of Alabama football player Chris Rogers, who created the nonprofit organization Together Assisting People (TAP).[25]

References

  1. ^ Talty, John (August 7, 2015). "A-List No. 14: Loss of mother shapes Alabama commit Quinnen Williams". AL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Quinnen Williams, Wenonah Sch, Defensive Tackle". 247Sports.com. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Rogers, Ken (June 30, 2015). "Alabama gets commitment from Wenonah defensive lineman Quinnen Williams". Dothan Eagle. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Bone, Andrew (June 30, 2015). "Quinnen Williams flips commitment to Alabama". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Paschall, David (August 22, 2018). "Alabama's Quinnen Williams bigger and better than ever". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Jones, Ben (August 14, 2018). "Quinnen Williams learned from some of Alabama's best". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Byington, Alex (August 18, 2018). "'Undersized' Williams looming large as Tide's nose guard". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Casagrande, Michael (August 28, 2018). "2018 Alabama depth chart". AL.com.
  9. ^ "SEC announces Week 1 Players of the Week". Saturday Down South. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Olson, Andrew (November 4, 2018). "Alabam DL Quinnen Williams named National Player of the Week after dominating LSU". Saturday Down South.
  11. ^ "2018 Southeastern Conference Year Summary". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Conway, Tyler (January 11, 2019). "Quinnen Williams Enters 2019 NFL Draft: 2nd Overall on Matt Miller's Big Board". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "Quinnen Williams College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  14. ^ "Quinnen Williams Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  15. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 26, 2019). "New York Jets select Quinnen Williams at No. 3 overall". NFL.com.
  16. ^ "Quinnen Williams fined for late hit on Matt Schaub". NFL. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "Dolphins get first win of 2019, top Jets 26-18". www.espn.com. November 3, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets - September 20th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  19. ^ "Miami Dolphins at New York Jets - November 29th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Staff, RotoWire (December 23, 2020). "Jets' Quinnen Williams: Done for season". Cbssports. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  21. ^ "2020 NFL All-Pro Team Voting". apnews.com. January 8, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  22. ^ Goodman, Max. "Quinnen Williams' Foot Injury 'Could Have Been Worse'". Sports Illustrated New York Jets News, Analysis and More. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  23. ^ "Fifth-year option tracker for first-round picks from the 2019 NFL Draft". NFL.com.
  24. ^ Nania, Michael (April 15, 2020), "New York Jets' Jamal Adams, Quinnen Williams spread positive energy in difficult times", jetsxfactor.com, Jets X-Factor, retrieved May 9, 2020
  25. ^ Chambers, Christina. "Former Alabama, Auburn football players give back to Birmingham community". www.wbrc.com. Retrieved June 11, 2020.