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Avery Williamson Was Upset With Lack of Playing Time With Titans


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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.

[ProFootballTalk]

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Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

2 responses to “Avery Williamson Was Upset With Lack of Playing Time With Titans”

  1. michaelb

    Tennessee has a multitude of linebackers that have historically played well and continue to do so when they got to play orakpo, d. Morgan Wes woodyard etc. these guys were added to the roster because it was the coaches philosophy to battle the war of attrition … so happens they all stayed healthy for the most part (which is good ) so they had to share the clock . I think they should have invested in AW long term but hey … it will work out for both sides. Wish he would have stayed a Titan though / I love it when wildcats do

  2. steve simpson

    It’ll work out way better for him than the Titans.