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FLORHAM PARK Cheap Logan Paulsen Jersey , N.J. (AP) Leonard Williams is making his presence felt on opposing quarterbacks even if his sacks total doesnt tell the whole story.

The New York Jets defensive lineman has just two this season, but he has a whopping 26 quarterback hits. That means hes getting passers off their spots, forcing throws and making them downright uncomfortable.

People want to see the sacks, Williams acknowledged Thursday. I wouldnt really call a QB hit a stat or anything. I just think of it as being disruptive. Thats what a defensive player wants to do, is be disruptive in any way possible.

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No matter what type of stat it is, if youre being disruptive, thats a good defensive play.

Williams entered this season, his third in the NFL, with a goal of getting a sack per game. Hes way off that pace, of course Cheap Justin Bethel Jersey , but he has gotten consistent pressure the past few games. Also, the sprained wrist that ailed him since the summer is fully healed.

Leo has played well for us, coach Todd Bowles said. Hes been disruptive, even with the double teams. Hes been getting hits on the quarterback and hes been playing across the line of scrimmage.

Williams made his first Pro Bowl last season after getting seven sacks and emerging as one of the leagues top young pass rushers. After a slow start during which he went the first eight games without a sack, Williams is looking like his old self again.

Against Kansas Citys Alex Smith last Sunday, Williams had a half-sack and four quarterback hits.

We think Leonard is definitely improving, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said. Hes really coming up. You sit there, and if Im not mistaken, I think he might have had four or five quarterback hits the other day. Hes really getting to the point where we have high expectations for Leo, and hes exceeding them.

Williams might have a good chance to increase his sacks total at Denver on Sunday. The Broncos have given up 39 sacks Cheap Calvin Ridley Jersey , tied for third-most in the NFL. Denver is also second-worst in the league with a minus-16 turnover ratio something Williams and the Jets hope to capitalize on.

We call it takeaways because if its a takeaway, were forcing it, rather than a turnover where were waiting for them to turn the ball over, Williams said.

So, were definitely going to try to get after the ball. We see that they had a lot of ball security issues, but at the same time, theyve been able to recover a lot of them, so thats on our part to make sure we do recover it when the ball does come out.

Big things have been expected of Williams since he was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of USC. He had a steady progression during his first two seasons, but it was clear early this season that something wasnt quite right.

Williams was forced to play with a cast on his left wrist after suffering a bone bruise during the preseason. While the big lineman has refused to use it as an excuse for his early season struggles, it surely affected his performance.

He never really said a whole lot, Rodgers said. We just saw his play wasnt where Leo wanted it to be, but now its back to where we expect Leo to be.

Williams credited assistant defensive line coach LaRoi Glover for helping him progress this season. Glover, who had 83+ sacks during a 13-year career, has been working on pass-rushing drills and techniques with Williams regularly.

I think its just a combination of everything, Williams said. I dont want to say its an injury thing, I dont want to say its a scheme thing, I dont want to say that its anything like that.

Its just a matter of, as the seasons been progressing, Ive just been getting better each game. Ive been having a lot of help from my teammates. Ive been doing a lot of extra work, a lot of extra studying.

And#4# lately, it has all been paying off for Williams even if the sacks still havent exactly come in bunches.

Thats the way it goes sometimes, ultimately, Rodgers said. Hes probably kicking himself because he came free on a stunt (Sunday) that he really should have had one. He left one out there, but sometimes it happens like that.

As long as he keeps hitting the quarterback, well be OK.

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