Jets Pick Up DL Leonard Williams' Option

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The Jets have picked up defensive lineman Leonard Williams' fifth-year option.

Williams, whom the Jets selected No. 6 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, led the team with 28 quarterback hits in 2018 and racked up 67 tackles as well as two sacks. For his career, the 6'5" 302-pounder has tallied 178 tackles, 12 sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

In 2016, the USC product became the youngest player to be named Curtis Martin Team MVP at 22 years old and was voted to his first Pro Bowl.

Williams is entering his fourth pro season and is the team's longest-tenured defensive lineman.

"I think it's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level. It comes with a lot and it's not just my play on the field," he told reporters earlier this week. "It's my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours and into my craft, my game and my teammates. I wouldn't be a teammate if I'm the only one not working hard."

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