New York Jets lineman Quinnen Williams showed his strength in a play on practice, crushing running back Elijah McGuire.
During a play in training camp, McGuire took a hand-off, looked up, and saw all 295 pounds of Williams standing in front of him. Williams didn’t take it easy on his teammate either, planting McGuire into the ground with immense force in a video tweeted by the team.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 1, 2019
That couldn’t have felt good. Williams didn’t even drag McGuire down, instead choosing to use his 81-pound weight advantage to knock McGuire down with his shoulder, just adding insult on top of proverbial injury.
Williams is no doubt going to be an important part of Gregg Williams’ defense. He should be one of the primary interior linemen, along with Henry Anderson and Leonard Williams, with Steve McLendon also being a factor at nose tackle.
Williams recorded 71 tackles for Alabama last season with 19.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks despite often drawing double teams from other teams. There was nothing they could do to stop him with his combination of size, speed, and motor.
McGuire is entering his third season with the team, after playing 24 games with five starts over his first two seasons. He’s collected 591 yards rushing while averaging 3.3 yards per carry, and 370 receiving yards on 36 receptions. He’s scored six total touchdowns in his career.
He’s competing to be the primary backup to Le’Veon Bell, who the team signed this offseason. Converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery and veteran Jet Bilal Powell are the biggest competition McGuire has for a role, although returner Trenton Cannon could push for a roster spot as well.
Despite getting embarrassed by Williams, McGuire seems to have a good chance at a roster spot if he is seeing reps against the first-team defense. So he can at least take some solace in that.