Jets’ Avery Williamson was upset with his lack of playing time in Tennessee

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Jets linebacker Avery Williamson left the Titans in free agency mostly because the Jets offered more money. But he also likes the Jets’ offer of more playing time.

Although Williamson started all 16 games for the Titans last season, they took him out in a lot of situations, and he only played 60 percent of Tennessee’s defensive snaps. He wasn’t happy about that.

“I don’t know, man,” Williamson told the New York Daily News. “It was a weird situation. . . . Honestly, I don’t know. But they didn’t want me to play certain downs. . . . I was definitely offended by that all last year. Like I said, it wasn’t my decision. Now I’m here and I’m definitely going to get the opportunity. So, I’m glad to be a part of this. It gives me extra fuel to continue to improve my game and become better than I was last year.”

Williamson said he’s eager to show that he can play every snap this year.

“It’s motivation,” Williamson said. “There’s always going to be somebody’s that’s going to put news out there about you and say that you can’t do this or that. So, I prove them wrong. That’s the point: I know I’m a three-down backer. I know I got the skill set to do anything on the field. Shoot, I feel like I fit in perfectly with this defense.”

21 responses to “Jets’ Avery Williamson was upset with his lack of playing time in Tennessee

  1. avery you weren’t playing every down because you are more of a liability in coverage than Ryan Gosling was in Remember the Titans

  2. Williamson was taken out because the Titans had other/better options.

    I liked Williamson, but he won’t be missed. Woodyard, Compton, and rookie Rashaan Evans will be more than adequate replacements.

  3. Whenever I hear a guy complaining like this it makes me wonder if his old team is glad he’s gone. Instead of whining about it maybe he should work on his game some more.

  4. whenwilliteverend says:

    June 4, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Whenever I hear a guy complaining like this it makes me wonder if his old team is glad he’s gone. Instead of whining about it maybe he should work on his game some more
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    Welcome to the age of entitlement. He deserves to play every snap, because he said so.

    Don’t bother realizing that you have deficiencies in your game, and theres a reason you got pulled…just complain and state your entitlement.

    Participation trophy kids.

  5. When I was in junior high, I was on the JV basketball team. When we played intrasquad games, I would dominate guys waaaay up the foodchain, yet I never got the chance to even start a JV game. I couldn’t figure out why the coaches had it out for me.

    A few years later, I realized that it wasn’t enough to give my best effort in games. They wanted to see my best effort when we were running lines, or doing mindless drills.

    I don’t know if that’s the case here, but I feel that’s the case for a lot of guys. It would be locker room poison to give so much playing time to someone who only gives effort on the court/field.

  6. Nothing wrong with believing in oneself. I truly believe that I want dinner and a romantic evening with Salma Hayek tonight. There isn’t a chance in hell of it happening. But I’d still like to believe it could happen.

  7. No it shouldn’t have been a weird situation. Anyone could tell that Avery was taken out because of his poor pass coverage. Prime example, the td pass to Kelce during the playoff game. Not weird that he was taken out for Jayon Brown, who was way better overall and pass coverage.

  8. He’s a pretty good old school MLB, but he isn’t very good in coverage. We had guys who were better suited for that. So he didn’t play a lot on 3rd down. It’s fine if that’s frustrating for him & great if the Jets give him that opportunity. But that is the reason. He just wasn’t good enough in coverage. From all reports, the coaches liked him & he was a good teammate. We drafted a MLB in round 1 to replace him, so yeah he was probably our biggest loss of the offseason. But certainly not irreplaceable. He also got paid, would never fault a guy (especially a 5th rounder) for taking advantage of a payday.

  9. He said “I don’t know” a couple times there in the quote. I wonder if he REALLY doesn’t know, or just isn’t inclined to tell reporters he’s not very good in pass coverage. If he doesn’t know why, then that’s on coaches for poor communication. If he knows but isn’t saying so, hopefully he’s sharp enough to work on improving those skills.

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