New York Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is making a smooth and productive transition into the pros.
Now that minicamp and OTAs have concluded for the Jets, coaches and teammates have gotten a better look at Williams.
The former Alabama standout thus far has embraced the opportunity and has made a smooth transition into the pro-style system.
“It’s been amazing,” Williams told Olivia Landis of the team’s website. “Really the thing that got me well-adjusted was hanging out with the vets. Learning from guys like Steve McLendon, who taught me a lot of stuff on and off the field and Leo, who taught me a lot of stuff on and off the field. But the main thing was learning football: how to make a routine, how to take care of your body, how to get treatment. It’s been very easy just having a great group of older guys around me to help me out.”
Williams is expected to come in and play a lot for the Jets defense, even at such a young age. After taking some first-team reps in OTAs, Williams is getting a feel for how to prepare and improve.
Not to mention, he’s doing it with a little help from McLendon in the process.
“Every time I’m on the sideline and I watch the 1’s go, I take mental reps and know the play and say the play to myself,” Williams said. “I find out what Steve is doing when he comes off the field and immediately – boom – why did you do this? What did you do that for? So then I know that when my time comes I can do the same exact thing and I cannot be a drop-off.”