Quincy Williams is a "full-go" according to Jaguars' head coach Doug Marrone. The rookie linebacker will be physically ready for the Jaguars' week one matchup with the Chiefs.
His return is vital for a defense that will face it's most significant challenge of the year next Sunday. Williams had a minor knee procedure just over a month ago. But that didn't stop him from putting in the work on the film and preparation side of things. And as soon as Williams was medically cleared to play, he was eager to get back on the field. While he lacks experience against NFL caliber offenses, especially ones as high-powered as the Chiefs, Williams has the range and tackling ability to be a key factor for the Jaguars defense.
Williams will start for the Jaguars at weakside linebacker. He and middle linebacker Myles Jack will be on the field for the vast majority of the snaps, while Leon Jacobs will start on the strongside. Jacobs will likely see 20-30% of the defensive snaps as the Jaguars will need to have an extra defensive back on the field more often than not.
If Quincy Williams can diagnose plays and fly to the ball, his addition to the linebacking core and defense as a whole will prove invaluable, especially against a Chiefs team that is loaded with speed. The man Williams is replacing in the Jaguars' starting lineup, Telvin Smith, got used and abused by the Chiefs last year. Smith was targeted seven times in coverage and surrendered six completions for 74 yards. Pat Mahomes' QB rating when targeting players covered by Telvin was 110.
There's no question that this will be a MASSIVE test for Quincy Williams and the Jaguars' defense. But if Williams comes to play in his first regular-season game in the NFL, he could very well be the difference for the Jaguars' defense.
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