Pick a website. Pull up Leonard Williams’ stats.
You’ll see no sacks this season. You’ll see one tackle in last week’s loss to the Eagles.
But Gregg Williams finds something different on film.
“He really has played well,” the Jets defensive coordinator said Friday. “He’s graded out high each and every week, and doing things that maybe don’t show up [in stats], but doing things schematically, and team-wise what you have to do.
“We pass out a hard-hat award [for] the guys that are doing the dirty work, the guys that are doing all the knock-backs, the guys that are preventing blocks to get up to the second level, the guys that are knocking the protection back so the quarterback can’t step up. He’s graded out very well on how we grade film. I love coaching him. He plays extremely solid.”
Pro Football Focus has graded the 25-year-old less generously, ranking Williams 101st out of 114 interior linemen in the league.
The former Pro Bowler — who recorded seven sacks, 68 tackles and two forced fumbles in his breakout 2016 season — has just two sacks in his past 14 games, and has registered just 11 tackles and three quarterback hits this season.
Though Williams is in a contract year, the fifth-year starter said he isn’t concerned about bringing underwhelming stats to the negotiating table.
“I just try not to focus or stress too much about numbers,” Williams said. “The people upstairs, the people watching film, and me are going to know what I’m doing. It’s hard to back it up sometimes because fans want to see sacks and stuff like that. Like Gregg says, I do a lot of things that the fans don’t see sometimes, so it’s all right.
“I obviously want sacks, but at the end of the day I’m playing in the scheme. I have to do what my position requires me to do. A part of that is getting sacks, but I feel that’s just going to come with the more I focus on myself and the more I focus on my technique and just getting better. The minute I start to get stressed out or focus too much about one specific stat, that’s when I’m going to start jumping out of doing my technique on that specific play. If I’m not playing the run and just trying to get a sack, I’m going to be getting a lower grade after a game than just playing my technique.”
Linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) is listed as doubtful to play Sunday against the Cowboys, along with defensive end Henry Anderson (shoulder), running back Trent Cannon (foot/ankle) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee/illness). Jordan Jenkins (calf) was limited in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable, along with cornerback Nate Hairston (knee), wide receiver Josh Bellamy (shoulder) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee).