By doing nothing, Douglas helped Jets Dan Leberfeld

Many people were wondering why the New York Jets didn’t just move on from linebacker Avery Williamson this off-season.

After all, he was coming off a torn ACL, had a big cap number in 2020, they have good depth at ILB, and C.J. Mosley was returning after missing most of last year with a sports hernia.

Well, as you know by now, Mosley decided not to play this season, so Jets GM Joe Douglas’ decision to wait on the Williamson decision turned out to be a prudent move.

The Jets had the cap space to keep Williamson around this off-season and summer, did just that, and now that patience is paying off.

Williamson is a smart, instinctive player with good character. He’s a top-shelf run defender and good blitzer.

And by all accounts, he should be ready to roll once the season starts, as he finishes up his rehab from a knee injury that happened last August. ACL tears usually take about nine months to heal.


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