A big reason that Avery Williamson decided to join the New York Jets revolved around money as they offered the most of any team to the former Kentucky linebacker.
That wasn’t the only reason Williamson got out of Nashville though, the 5th year pro was disappointed in a lack of playing time as he participated in just 60% of the team’s defensive snaps last season.
“I don’t know, man,” Williamson told the New York Daily News. “It was a weird situation. . . . Honestly, I don’t know. But they didn’t want me to play certain downs. . . . I was definitely offended by that all last year. Like I said, it wasn’t my decision. Now I’m here and I’m definitely going to get the opportunity. So, I’m glad to be a part of this. It gives me extra fuel to continue to improve my game and become better than I was last year.”
Williamson started each of the team’s 16 games but was taken off the field in most passing situations. He plans on using the slight as motivation for his tenure with the Jets where he will be asked to play on every down.
“It’s motivation,” Williamson said. “There’s always going to be somebody’s that’s going to put news out there about you and say that you can’t do this or that. So, I prove them wrong. That’s the point: I know I’m a three-down backer. I know I got the skill set to do anything on the field. Shoot, I feel like I fit in perfectly with this defense.”
Williamson will start the season as the Jets starting Mike linebacker in what should be an interesting season for Gang Green with the addition of Sam Darnold.