Inside the Numbers | Jets DL Quinnen Williams achieves takeoff

It looks like Quinnen Williams has arrived. And already, head coach Robert Saleh said, “Quinnen is playing at a different level. That includes the different levels of numbers we’re looking at this weekend in Inside the Numbers.

Williams has had his career game – so far – with two sacks, a strip and three QB hits on Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. And he put a small dollop over the top with his biggest special teams playing as a pro when he blocked a 47-yard field goal try from Mason Crosby. Instead of a 3-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter and a possible 6-3 advantage over the home team at halftime, Greg Zuerlein and the Jets kicked the first field goal and n never trailed from the middle of the second period.

The monster pass rush was what everyone was waiting to see, not just from Q but from all of his friends on the edge:

■ Williams’ two-sack game against Aaron Rodgers & Co was the third two-sack game of his career, and it gave him at least a half-sack in five consecutive games. It’s the longest active streak in the NFL, the second-longest five-game streak this season, and the sixth-longest in official Jets sack history (since 1982).

■ His five sacks are tied for 11th in the NFL and lead all interior D-line players. His 11 QB hits are tied for 6th in the league and lead all interior linemen. His 9.5 QB knockdowns are eighth overall, 1st among inside linemen ( And his 20 QB pressures are second among all interior linemen, behind Washington’s Jonathan Allen’s 21 (Next Gen Stats).

■ Williams is on a career tear. If he plays every game this season (keeping in mind he’s missed two or three games in each of his first three seasons), he could finish with 14 sacks, 31 QB hits and 56 QB pressures. . Sacks would be the most of any Jets in any position, as Mark Gastineau had 19, 22 and 13.5 sacks respectively in 1983-85.

■ Four of his sacks have come on third/fourth downs, which puts him 4.5 off the franchise record (since 1982) held by Hugh Douglas in 1995 with 11 games to go.

Block that kick
If we go from defense to special teams, Williams burst through the middle to deny Crosby’s first field goal. Combined with rookie Micheal Clemons’ punt block returned 20 yards for the TD by Will Parks later in the game, the Jets landed a special one-two punch on the Packers.

Clemons’ blocked punt was the first by a Jet since 2020 (JT Hassel, on Johnny Hekker at LA Rams). Williams’ blocked FG was the first by a Jet since 2018 (Anderson again, over Stephen Hauschka at Buffalo in 2018). And Green Bay was the first time the Jets blocked two kicks of any kind in a win since 1966, when FG blockers were Jim Hudson and Paul Rochester and blocked was San Diego K Dick van Raaphorst.

Combined plate
If we combine the two rising units of the Jets, we get this final gem:

Since 2000, only three NFL players have scored more than two sacks, at least one forced fumble, and at least one blocked kick in a game. First was Chad Eaton (a Jet for two weeks in August 1995), who snuffed out two FG kicks for the Patriots in Buffalo in 2000. Then came Jason Pierre-Paul for the Giants in Dallas in 2011. And then is came Quinnen Williams to Green Bay.

With all those numbers and factoids thrown around, Williams has never been one to pat himself on the chest. It’s more about patting teammates on the back.

“Just having fun with the defensive line and the defensive team in general is a big thing that I like to do to keep the energy going,” he said. “That’s what we preach. The coach brought in guys with incredible energy like Will Parks and Kwon Alexander to teach us every day in training to have fun and celebrate the small wins. Then , big wins will be even easier.”

And with them, those big Q-sized numbers.

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