The Jets didn’t win against the Bengals in Week One, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort on the part of their defensive line.
They were the driving force behind seven sacks of Andy Dalton with second-year defensive end Leonard Williams having the best individual day. Williams had 2.5 sacks, two tackles for losses and five quarterback hits against Cincinnati, leading Bills coach Rex Ryan to call him a “big monster” on a Tuesday conference call.
Ryan also pointed out that the defensive line’s effort came without the assistance of defensive end Sheldon Richardson. Richardson missed the game while serving a suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy, but he’ll be back in action against his former head coach’s team on Thursday night.
The Jets formalized Richardson’s return on Tuesday by waiving tight end Braedon Bowman from the 53-man roster. He’ll join Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and Steve McLendon up front in an attempt to make things as difficult for the Bills offense as the Ravens did in the season opener.