Before week one of the NFL season got underway, many people believed the New York Jets had acquired the most talented player of the 2015 draft class in the form of defensive end, Leonard Williams.
And, with the rookie recording one tackle and four assists in a solid debut, few are planning on changing that opinion any time soon.
The player himself though is proving to be his biggest critic - identifying an issue he noticed during the Browns game that will need addressing moving forward this season.
“I don’t feel like I played to my best abilities, to be honest,” Williams told the New York Post.
“I think part of it is just conditioning. I feel like in college we did a lot of conditioning. It’s kind of like up to myself now to take care of that on my own like after practice.”
Making the transition
Coping with the change of pace between the college and professional game is a common challenge for rookies making their way in the NFL. Even still, few would draw attention to such an issue unless they were certain of being in the team's favor.
But, having been used sparingly during the preseason by the Jets, it is perhaps no surprise to hear Williams complain of fatigue after week one.
Still, with the sixth pick of the draft set for a central role in the Gang Green defense this season, he will have to acclimatize pretty fast if he doesn't want to incur the wrath of his teammates and coaches.
For now though, head coach Todd Bowles is putting Williams' tired legs down to the overexuberance of youth:
"“You come out, and you’ve got spit on the side of your mouth and you’re slobbering and you’re in the warm-up in pregame," he said via ProFootballTalk.
"That is typical to happen to a rookie the first time out. They come out hyperventilating.”
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