Manish Mehta interviewed Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson. Williamson discussed the free agency process and what the Jets offered him.
“It’s motivation,” Williamson told the Daily News. “There’s always going to be somebody’s that’s going to put news out there about you and say that you can’t do this or that. So, I prove them wrong. That’s the point: I know I’m a three-down backer. I know I got the skill set to do anything on the field. Shoot, I feel like I fit in perfectly with this defense.”
“I don’t know, man,” Williamson said about why his playing time was severely cut last season. “It was a weird situation…. Honestly, I don’t know. But they didn’t want me to play certain downs… I was definitely offended by that all last year. Like I said, it wasn’t my decision. Now I’m here and I’m definitely going to get the opportunity. So, I’m glad to be a part of this. It gives me extra fuel to continue to improve my game and become better than I was last year.”
There have been some questions about how frequently Williamson will come off the field. He did sit on a number of passing downs, and I have seen speculation that the Jets signed some of their backups to replace Williamson in situational roles.
In his time with the Jets, however, Todd Bowles has preferred to keep his off ball linebackers on the field for three downs, and Williamson’s words suggest that is how it will remain. The Jets have done a good job over the last few years in hiding linebackers David Harris and Demario Davis in coverage while taking advantage of their run stopping skills. Williamson figures to play a similar role.