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Jets' Adam Gase calls Quinnen Williams trade rumors 'false'

Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets reacts

Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets reacts after sacking Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 25, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Quinnen Williams isn’t going anywhere, according to Jets coach Adam Gase.

There have been reports recently that the Jets are considering moving their second-year nose tackle by Tuesday’s trade deadline. They are 0-7 and in selling mode. General manager Joe Douglas is looking to acquire more draft capital to help rebuild this team.

Williams is someone on the Jets who has value. But Gase, rather strongly, dismissed the reports that Williams would be on the move.

"He’s going to be here," Gase said on a Zoom call Wednesday. "Those are false. I talked to Quinnen. I’ve not heard one thing come from anybody in the front office about him being traded. I know Joe talked to Quinnen, talked to his agent. There’s nothing to that. It’s false."

Last year, Douglas called Williams untouchable at the trade deadline. That word applies to rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton this year. But it certainly seems that dealing Williams is not a priority.

According to a league source, teams are calling Douglas inquiring about Williams. But Douglas has resisted moving him. The trade deadline is less than a week away, and Douglas figures to be busy. But it sounds as if it will take an offer Douglas can’t refuse to trade Williams.

The No. 3 pick last year out of Alabama, Williams is only 22 years old and showing improvement each game.

If he continues to grow, Williams could be someone the Jets build around on defense.

Douglas has to listen, just as he did last year when teams called about Jamal Adams, Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson. Douglas ended up holding on to all of them at the time, but all three are now ex-Jets.

Anderson signed with Carolina in the offseason. Douglas traded Adams to Seattle for a haul that included two first-round picks. Bell was released two weeks ago.

Adams forced his way out and Bell was frustrated over his usage in Gase’s system. But Williams hasn’t shown any signs of frustration or wanting out. He came into this season believing he could be a disruptive force on the line.

Williams said he’s tuning out the rumors

"Honestly, I just don't read it," Williams said during an interview with SiriusXM SEC Radio. "Just don't look at it, just don't read it. You just don't really listen to it, just don't really pay it any attention."

Williams was compared to dominant Rams nose tackle Aaron Donald, but he didn’t perform up to the level anyone expected him to as a rookie. In Year 2, Williams has made big strides.

He leads the Jets with three sacks and has 28 total tackles, including five for loss. In 13 games last season, Williams finished with 2.5 sacks, 28 tackles and four for a loss.

Gase said Williams has to learn how to be impactful more consistently and stop getting called for personal fouls. Williams leads the NFL with four roughing-the-passer penalties.

"There’s been sometimes when I really see him show up," Gase said. "It’s the consistency of down in and down out, max effort and play-making ability, finishing the plays, doing the right thing, not having the roughing the passer. That’s the maturation of a young player, too. Understanding why Aaron Donald is who he is because that guy is zero-to-100 every play from Play 1 to the end of the game.

"We got to get everything we can out of him in that aspect of understanding how to play the game for 60 minutes. I think he’s getting close to that because he’s showing up, he’s making some big plays at some critical moments, he’s defeating blocks in short yardage situations and making tackles in the backfield and he’s finding ways to disrupt the passer. We just have to make sure that we don’t hit the guy in the head."

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