The Quinnen Williams Show will likely be filled with jaw-dropping, ah-ha moments, but the Jets are wisely taking a cautious approach with their hobbled first-round pick. Williams, who’s been dealing with a calf injury for a couple weeks, is expected to be limited for the rest of minicamp, according to Adam Gase.
“I think we’ll be alright,” Gase said Wednesday before the second practice of the mandatory three-day minicamp. “It’s always unfortunate any time that you’re missing reps. I still think the meeting times have been very valuable for him. I think the fact that he had to get the little bit of a start over, starting with individual (work in OTAs) and work his way into practice and just increasing the reps … We have another week. So, he’ll be full go next week (at OTAs), which will be great.”
“We just kind of had a little bit of a scare with his calf,” Gase added.
Williams, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, is expected to be an immediate contributor in Gregg Williams’ defense. He flashed in a few opportunities with the third-team defense on Tuesday (including a simulated “sack”), which shouldn’t be entirely surprising. Frankly, it’d be unusual if a hobbled Williams couldn’t dominate against third-string offensive linemen.
“He disrupts everything,” Gase said. “So, we got to get him up with those first two groups. Coming up probably next week, he’ll be rolling with those guys. It’ll be more challenging for him. I think right now you can see a difference with his skillset and the guys he’s going against.”
Williams should be an immediate difference maker along the interior of the defensive line. There’s no reason to needlessly accelerate his rehab in early June.
“Any time a big guy has any kind of calf injury, it could be a time-consuming type thing,” Gase said. “So you just want to be careful bringing him back. Just some experiences in the past, where I’ve seen where it lingers and you rush him back too fast. So, you just have to be careful. I think we’re in a good place right now. We’ve done it the right way. John (Mellody) and his crew in the training room have done a really good job of making sure he’s in a good spot and things are looking exactly the way we need them to heading into next week.”
“We’ll just keep progressing him,” Gase added. “We felt like we got a lot of good reps (on Tuesday). That was good improvement.”
Williams, whose breakout season at Alabama had him atop many teams’ draft boards, has been a breath of fresh air on One Jets Drive. He has the mindset and skillset to be a foundation piece for a franchise searching for relevance.
“He just loves football,” Gase said. “He loves everything that you do. Whether it’s meetings, lifting, whatever he’s doing … he always has a smile on his face and he’s excited to be here. I think he really enjoys being around his teammates.”
Tight end Neal Sterling and offensive linemen Tom Compton didn’t practice for a second consecutive day due to undisclosed injuries. Safety Marcus Maye will wear a red no-contact jersey throughout minicamp with an eye on being fully cleared from shoulder surgery by the start of training camp next month, Gase said.