Leonard Williams
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New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams love the energy that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams brings.

New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams is entering his fifth year in the NFL, all with Gang Green. However, it’s the first he’ll be working with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The Jets hired Gregg in January of this year, and after Spring workouts, the defensive lineman is already praising his new coach.

Leonard notes the quality of Gregg’s energy.

“I love his style,” Leonard told Olivia Landis of the team’s website. “He flies around with a bunch of energy, and he’s really enthusiastic. One person I compare him to all the time is Coach (Ed) Orgeron, just because he was one of my favorite coaches, growing up and in college. The reason he was one of my favorites is because he was so fired up all the time that it brought the fire out of me. When I see my coach fired up, I’m like, ‘Yeah, let’s go!’ It’s cool to see that out of Gregg, too.”

Orgeron was Leonard’s defensive line coach during his time at the University of Southern California.

The Pro Bowl defensive lineman racked up 42 combined tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, and five sacks through 16 games last season.

In Gregg’s 3-4 defensive set, Leonard will be lining up alongside Henry Anderson and rookie Quinnen Williams. The Jets drafted the latter with the No. 3 overall pick in April.

C.J. Mosley will man the four-man group of linebackers behind them, with safety Jamal Adams leading the secondary for the New York.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.