Joe Judge: We’ll push Leonard Williams as hard as we can

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The Giants dealt third- and fifth-round picks to the Jets for defensive lineman Leonard Williams during the 2019 season and then made a deeper investment in the 2015 first-round pick by using the franchise tag on him in March.

General Manager Dave Gettleman called that the “prudent” decision earlier this offseason, but others outside the organization had less positive things to say about the move. Williams only had a half-sack last season and hasn’t been the kind of disruptive playmaker that many envisioned when the Jets made him the sixth overall pick of the draft.

While that’s the past, Giants head coach Joe Judge is looking to the future. He said this week that there’s good material to work with and that it will be up to him and the rest of the staff to make sure that finally shows up on the field.

“I’m very excited about working with Leonard,” Judge said, via Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “He has a tremendous skill set. We have to do a good job of putting him in a position to be successful, we’ve got to push these guys outside their comfort zone. He has the ability. So, we’re going to make sure we push him as hard as we can.”

A breakthrough for Williams would be great news for a defense that needs all the help it can find. Should it fail to materialize, it will be difficult to imagine that one is ever going to come.

3 responses to “Joe Judge: We’ll push Leonard Williams as hard as we can

  1. Hope they can get something out of him. Obviously franchised him only to cover up for one of the dumbest trades ever, thus limiting ability to get what they really needed, an edge rusher. If he bombs this year, it will be another nail in Gettleman’s coffin.

  2. dwinsgames says:
    June 18, 2020 at 8:49 am
    Hope they can get something out of him. Obviously franchised him only to cover up for one of the dumbest trades ever, thus limiting ability to get what they really needed, an edge rusher. If he bombs this year, it will be another nail in Gettleman’s coffin.
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    One of the dumbest trades ever? They traded a 3rd and a 5th for him, not exactly premium picks.

    They franchised him because 1) they had the cap room, 2) there was no one else to franchise, and 3) he is better than anything that was on the open market at his position.

    As for spending that $15 million on an edge rusher – not likely. Clowney and Ngokue both wanted north of $20 million annually, and neither are worth that amount. Plus the Giants would have had to send at least a first rounder to the Jags. The only other “premier” guy was Shaq Barrett, but the Bucs locked him down.

  3. He is a Good Player, and he made guys around him better.

    He is not a difference maker though. Not in any way shape or form.

    Gettelman can actually scout OL and DL and he saw something in him, but this was not a great move.

    But, lets see what he can do in a contract year.

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