Leonard Williams discusses the biggest difference between playing for the New York Giants and his former team, the Jets.
This past Monday, we all saw something occur for the first time in NFL history. The New York Giants and New York Jets involved themselves in trade-related business with one another. The Jets sent Big Blue Leonard Williams in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick.
For Williams, it’s an easier transition than most. The veteran defensive lineman didn’t have to pick up his life and move, didn’t have to hire movers, none of that. A simple change, to say the least. But now that he’s experienced a few days in the Giants building, is there a clear difference between either of the New York organizations? Apparently, there’s a “noise” distinction.
“I think the biggest difference I’ve noticed is how much the outside noise gets into the building over there [with the Jets] versus here,” Williams told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post on Thursday. “It seems like everyone here is just working and not really worried about what people are saying on the outside. The fans don’t affect this team too much. I think the social media side of it and the fan side of it actually makes a difference over there.”
Off-field noise has surely been a factor for the Jets this week alone. Much drama has arisen from the Jamal Adams situation, where the All-Pro safety accused general manager Joe Douglas of shopping him to other teams. Douglas maintains that he was only fielding his calls and doing his job. Nonetheless, it’s caused some issues within that ballclub.
Williams and the Giants are currently preparing for their Week 9 “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. The two teams will kick off that night at 8:15 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium.