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Quinnen Williams turned in a big performance for New York Jets, despite losing effort to 49ers

Quinnen Williams of the Jets sacks Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers on Sunday
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When the New York Jets get C.J. Mosley back in 2021 and draft more pieces on defense, the franchise will be in position to create noise in the National Football League. The decision to select Quinnen Williams at No. 3 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft was a great move by the team, and results from the choice stood out in the Jets’ meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite a 31-13 loss at home, Williams paced a defense that forced three sacks of Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive lineman led the Jets in tackles (seven), including two tackles for loss, two sacks and one quarterback hit.

He also forced one fumble in the matchup and was a nightmare to block for San Francisco’s offensive line.

On a couple of plays, Williams easily bench-pressed linemen into the quarterback.

He did this a lot at the University of Alabama in 2018, especially in the Crimson Tide’s 29-0 win over LSU.

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During that season, Williams could not be stopped as he totaled 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss (team-high), eight sacks and 12 quarterback hurries (tied for first). He helped the program win a Southeastern Conference title and advance into the College Football Playoff. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Williams won the Outland Trophy, unanimous All-American honors and first-team All-SEC honors in 2018. He was on a national championship roster for the Tide in the 2017 season.

New York has a dominant piece in the middle of its defensive front.

It needs to keep building around Williams.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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