Leonard Williams
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The newly-acquired Leonard Williams is excited to work with this young New York Giants defensive line group.

On Monday, the New York Giants and New York Jets made their first trade with one another in history. The Jets agreed to send over defensive lineman Leonard Williams for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick.

Williams will now work in with a defensive line group consisting of Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill and Dexter Lawrence.

Williams was present at the Big Blue facility on Tuesday and was able to talk with John Schmeelk of the Giants’ official website. Within the interview, the 2016 Pro Bowler discussed his enthusiasm for getting to play with this young defensive line group.

“I’m really excited. I’ve been watching them this year so far, I watched them a little bit on tape with D-Line coach [Gary Emanuel],” Williams said. “This is my first time ever being the oldest guy in the room, so I’m definitely going to try to be a leader to these guys, get to know them and create a bond with them. That’s when you can play best for each other, when you guys can create a relationship off the field.”

The Jets selected Williams, 25, in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Tomlinson, Hill, and Lawrence were part of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 draft classes, respectively. Therefore, Williams does indeed have an edge on them when it comes to pro experience.

Through seven games this year (seven starts), Williams has racked up 20 combined tackles, five quarterback hits, and one pass defended.

The Giants are currently preparing for their Week 9 Monday Night Football matchup with the division-leading Dallas Cowboys.

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