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10 things to know about Leonard Williams


Ten things to know about Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams:

1. This will be Williams' seventh season in the NFL and second full year with the Giants after being traded in the middle of the 2019 campaign. He was with the New York Jets for the first four seasons of his career after being selected sixth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

2. In 95 career games (87 starts), Williams has racked up 29.0 sacks, 48 tackles for loss and 131 quarterback hits to go with 323 tackles (164 solo), three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and seven passes defensed.

3. In 2020, his first full campaign with the Giants, Williams registered a career-high and team-high 11.5 sacks to go with 14 tackles for loss and 30 quarterback hits. He also recorded one fumble recovery, one pass breakup, and 57 total tackles (29 solo).

4. Williams' 11.5 sacks last season ranked seventh in the NFL and was the highest total by a Giants player since Jason Pierre-Paul's 14.5 in 2014. His previous career-high was 7.0 sacks in 2016. Williams' 30 quarterback hits was third in the league, while his 14 tackles for loss was tied for the sixth-most.

5. In 2016, his second season in the NFL, Williams was selected to his first Pro Bowl after he recorded seven sacks, two forced fumbles, 11 tackles for loss, 19 quarterback hits and a career-high 68 tackles (36 solo).

6. As a rookie, Williams picked up three sacks, seven tackles for loss and 21 quarterback hits to go with 63 tackles (29 solo). He was named to the Pro Football Writers Association's All-Rookie Team.

7. Williams started 35 of 39 career games at the University of Southern California, where he totaled 218 tackles (111 solo), 21.0 sacks, 36.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven passes defensed.

8. Williams was named First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-12 in both his sophomore and junior seasons after recording a combined 12.0 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception, three passes defensed and 154 tackles (80 solo).

9. Williams was selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2012 after picking up eight sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, one interception and 64 tackles (31 solo) in 13 games.

10. He attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was a two-sport athlete in football and track. Williams led his team to the state semi-finals as a senior after registering 103 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He was considered a four-star recruit by WIlliams was born in Bakersfield, California.

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