2. Leonard Williams

And then there were two—the young two who lead a football organization.

Leonard Williams entered last year as the best player on the depth chart. He’s now at No. 2, perhaps through no fault of his own.

With only 2.5 sacks a season ago, the Big Cat simply doesn’t receive a fair shake. He’s constantly double-teamed and never has a shot of a one-on-one matchup en route to the QB. Against the rushing attack, he routinely beats double-teams.

Without an edge presence and, perhaps the worst edge rushing situation in the league, it’s going to stay this way for Williams for at least another season (unless somebody on the edge steps up in a major fashion).

1. Jamal Adams

Yes, it’s the president, the self-proclaimed pres (as he likes to call himself on Twitter).


Many are worried that Jamal Adams couldn’t come away with at least one interception during his rookie campaign. Worry not. Interceptions are not his game. Moreover, the Jets conventional rushing situation is so poor that it takes multiple interception opportunities away from every individual on defense.

Make no mistake: J-Adams is a stud and is the most talented Jet of the moment. Much like Williams, his Pro Bowl and even All-Pro success hedges on support, but even so, he’s good enough to overcome the worst of situations.

Jamal Adams, the president, is the new New York Jets leader on and off the field.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com