Jets linebacker Avery Williamson missed the entire 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL in a preseason game. His rehab has been long, but he stated on Wednesday that he expects to be ready for the 2020 season.
#Jets LB Avery Williamson said he's been taking it slow with the trainers, but added "I know I'll be ready for the season."— Ethan Greenberg (@EGreenbergJets) August 5, 2020
Said he's been feeling "really good" since May/June.
Jets head coach Adam Gase also expressed optimism.
Adam Gase, on a call with reporters, says Avery Williamson isn’t “too far away” from being fully cleared but still has some boxes to check before being cleared. Williamson tore his ACL a year ago and should play a key role for the Jets with Mosley out.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) August 5, 2020
Since the offseason began there have been rumors about the Jets possibly moving on from Williams either through trade or by release. In the final year of a contract signed in 2018, Williamson is set to count $8.5 million against the salary cap, and the Jets would save all but $2 million of that if they moved on.
With that said, Williamson is a good player. The Jets will be playing 2020 without another one of their starting linebackers, CJ Mosley, who has opted out of the season. That could very well make the Jets more likely to keep Williamson in the end.
Either way Williamson’s recovery is good news.