It's been a disappointing season for everyone connected to the Jets, but there has been the odd bright spot here and there.
With the defensive line underperforming as a unit, Leonard Williams has consistently dominated in the trenches. The stand-out defensive end from USC was a surprise selection for the Jets, but he's proven to be a fantastic addition, and continues to improve on a weekly basis.
Mel Kiper has recently put together his list of the best 25 players under 25 years of age and Leonard Williams came in at number 3, just behind Ezekiel Elliott and Odell Beckham Jr who topped the list:
Williams, in his second season, has become the best player on the Jets' defense through his own strong play and through the regression of others, notably Muhammad Wilkerson and Darrelle Revis. Williams is not an outside pass-rusher, but he still leads the team in sacks with six. He has collected those sacks from five positions: right end, left end, nose tackle, right tackle and left tackle. "Beast," one personnel director said.
I can't say enough good things about Williams, he seems to have a great attitude to go along with his unbelievable talent. He's constantly in the opposing backfield and his natural athleticism and strength enables him to make tackles in the open field.
So far this year Williams has amassed 32 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He is head and shoulders the best defensive lineman on this team at the moment.