The Jets added to their linebacker corps today, inking former Titans inside 'backer Avery Williamson to a contract.
"Once I got here, everyone was warm and welcoming to me," Williamson said. "There is an energy in here. I feel like this city is waiting for the fall. I'm excited about it."
Williamson started 16 regular-season games for Tennessee last season, finishing second on the Titans with 125 tackles. He also racked up three sacks and seven stops for loss along with two forced fumbles. The 6'1", 246-pounder, who also started in his first two postseason games, led or tied for the team in lead in tackles in five games in 2017.
"I know the defense," he said of the Jets' 3-4 alignment. "They have great guys up here that can play. This defense is hungry. You have young guys on it who are talented and I feel like I'm going to fit right in. I just have to get in and learn the playbook and get to work."
A fifth-round pick of the Titans in the 2014 NFL Draft, Williamson ranked third on the club with 107 tackles his rookie campaign and added three sacks. Appearing in 16 games while making 12 starts, he had eight stops for loss, four pass defenses and two fumble recoveries.
A year later, Williamson became the first player in the Titans era to start his career with back-to-back 100-tackle seasons as he amassed 137 stops. Continuing to be disruptive, he ranked third on the defense with nine tackles for loss and registered 3.5 sacks, 13 QB pressures and an interception.
Starting all 16 games in 2016, Williamson led the club for a second consecutive season with 148 tackles. He led or tied for the team lead in tackles 13 times and picked up a pair of sacks along with six tackles for loss. In 63 career regular-season games, he has totaled 518 tackles (280 solo), 11.5 sacks, 30 stops for loss, two interceptions, eight pass defenses, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Williamson played in 49 games at Kentucky, going over the 100-tackle mark his junior (135) and senior (102) campaigns. At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, he placed sixth among linebackers with a 4.66-second 40-yard dash and third among his position group with a 4.07 time in the 20-yard shuttle.
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