The Jets are a surprising 3-2, and tied for first place in the AFC East. That’s impressive considering the dire expectations put on this team before the season, but it doesn’t mask many of their issues. Among the more troubling storylines through the first quarter of this season has been the absence of any game-changing plays from Williams.

Last year, Williams had 68 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. This season, he’s on pace for 58 tackles, no sacks and no forced fumbles. That doesn’t look good, but Williams sees things differently.

“I’m getting push on the quarterback,” he said. “I’m taking on double teams which is helping my teammates. I’m getting good moves, it’s just sometimes (the quarterback) gets the ball out just in time, or sometimes he feels the pressure and scrambles out of the pocket.

“There are a lot of things that go into it that fans, and a lot of other people that aren’t on the field, don’t see. It’s not taking anything away from me, I don’t think. It’s just more timing, and when it comes, it comes.”

Williams did injure his wrist in the preseason, which could be having an impact. But he practiced fully last week, and hasn’t missed a practice (he has been limited) this season. Of course, he’s not the only defensive lineman underperforming. Muhammad Wilkerson, who signed a five-year, $86 million contract extension before last season, doesn’t have a sack, either.

Extending things beyond this year, Wilkerson has just 4.5 sacks in his last 23 games. Williams has one in his last 14.

Last week, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said he wasn’t worried about the alarming lack-of production from two of the team’s biggest stars. On Monday, coach Todd Bowles echoed the same.

“They’re playing hard,” Bowles said. “I’m not worried about the sacks. The sacks will come. They’re taking a lot of the doubles up for everybody else. Certain schemes require different things. They’re doing those different things.

“They’re great team players. They’re great individual players. The sacks will come. When they come, they’ll come. They’re working hard at it, and they’re getting pressure.”

Wilkerson has generated eight total pressures this year, and Williams 12, per

Leonard Williams believes sacks will come … eventually.

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Leonard Williams had a goal coming into this season. It was simple, but somewhat lofty. The Jets’ third-year defensive end, fresh off a breakout 2016, wanted a sack in every game.

Five games into the season, Williams needs a new goal. He doesn’t have five sacks. In fact, he doesn’t even have one.

But he’s not exactly worried.

“I know they’re going to come,” Williams said via conference call Monday. “I just have to keep playing. I can’t get frustrated, can’t start changing my game. I have to stick to my game and let them come.”

The Jets are a surprising 3-2, and tied for first place in the AFC East. That’s impressive considering the dire expectations put on this team before the season, but it doesn’t mask many of their issues. Among the more troubling storylines through the first quarter of this season has been the absence of any game-changing plays from Williams.

Last year, Williams had 68 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. This season, he’s on pace for 58 tackles, no sacks and no forced fumbles. That doesn’t look good, but Williams sees things differently.

“I’m getting push on the quarterback,” he said. “I’m taking on double teams which is helping my teammates. I’m getting good moves, it’s just sometimes (the quarterback) gets the ball out just in time, or sometimes he feels the pressure and scrambles out of the pocket.

“There are a lot of things that go into it that fans, and a lot of other people that aren’t on the field, don’t see. It’s not taking anything away from me, I don’t think. It’s just more timing, and when it comes, it comes.”

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