FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Leonard Williams’ production continues to be low, but his coach remains high on him.
“I think Leonard’s doing a good job,” Adam Gase said Thursday. “For me it’s what we’re asking him to do, how he pushes the pocket. He gets double teamed almost every snap, it feels like. Every time I’m watching him, he’s got four hands on him.”
Williams has 11 tackles and no sacks in 219 defensive snaps. He totaled only one tackle last week against the Eagles.
When it was mentioned to Gase that other ends face double teams and still make a mark on the game, he said, “It’s different schemes, though. What Aaron Donald is asked to do and what he’s asked to do, they’re different. It’s play style a little bit, too.”
Since the Jets took him with the No. 6 pick in 2015, Williams has shown some flashes, but hasn’t had the impact anyone expected.
Many felt Williams would have a strong season since he’s playing for a new contract and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for the first time. Now there are reports that the Jets would be willing to deal Leonard Williams before the Oct. 29 trade deadline.
Ty Montgomery hasn’t been the Swiss army knife type of weapon he was expected to be in Gase's system. Montgomery has 12 touches and 46 yards through four games.
Gase said figuring out how to use Montgomery and Bilal Powell has been “probably the hardest thing.” Gase said it’s hard to take Le’Veon Bell off the field, and there haven’t been “enough plays” on offense to work in Montgomery or Powell.
“It has not been easy,” Gase said. “We’re trying to get those guys more and more involved.”
Adams wins appeal
Jamal Adams won his appeal of the $21,506 fine for his hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in Week 2. He said he’ll use that money to buy his mother a birthday gift.
“I knew I was going to win it because it was legal,” Adams said. “I got that $21K back in my pocket. I’m just happy that it wasn’t taken out so now I can spend that lovely money on my mother for her birthday. I’m excited about that.”
C.J. Mosley (groin), Chris Herndon (hamstring), Henry Anderson (shoulder), Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee) and Trenton Cannon (foot/ankle) did not practice again Thursday.