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Seahawks Advance Stat Of The Week: Leonard Williams Continues To Produce Despite Double Teams

Seahawks defensive end Leonard Williams recorded a sack for the second consecutive game, while increasingly being double-teamed since joining Seattle.


In October, Seattle acquired Williams from the New York Giants via trade, bringing the ninth-year lineman west after spending his first eight-plus seasons with both New York teams (Giants, Jets). The USC alum recorded a sack in Seattle's 28-16 Week 14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, his second consecutive game with a quarterback takedown. Since joining Seattle, Williams has recorded 3.0 sacks in six games after recording 1.5 in seven games with the Giants. Williams also has eight quarterback hits, four tackles for loss and 18 total tackles since joining the Seahawks.

Williams has found success recently despite seeing increased attention from opposing offensive lines. Per ESPN Analytics, Williams is currently tied for No.13 amongst defensive tackles in pass rush win rate (12%) despite being double-teamed on 58 percent of his plays.

With the Giants, Williams and his partner defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence wreaked havoc on opposing offensive lines. Williams recorded 22.5 sacks with the Giants, with Lawrence often taking on two defenders to free him for the takedown. In their time together, Lawrence was doubled 143 times, compared to 91 for Williams. Now in a different role in Seattle's defense, Williams continues to adapt to the extra attention and produce. And according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Williams is coming off his best performance yet despite an ankle injury limiting him in practice.

"I thought he had his best game, and he didn't have a great week at practice, we had to hold him back a little bit because his ankle was still bothering him," Carroll said. "But he played the line of scrimmage really well, I think he had forced the quarterback maybe three or four times in the game, had a sack. If you look closely at the sack he was working so intricately with (Jarran) Reed to free him up on the sack, which often does help you get to the quarterback. It happened in perfect fashion, he's knocking the linemen off so J-Reed could get around, he winds getting free on the response. It's really been a joy having him, he's a great kid, he brings a lot of juice, he wants to play every play, killed him when he had to sit out of practice. He's got all of the good positive stuff that you hope a guy could have. I think you can see him settling in, he's becoming a real factor."

Leonard Williams was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New York Jets where he played three and a half seasons before being traded to the New York Giants. Check out some of the best photos from Williams' career so far.

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