Todd Bowles on Leonard Williams maturation process

Q)How impressed are you with Leonard William’s development?

Todd Bowles: Very. He’s come along leaps and bounds. The mental part of the game is becoming slow to him, so he’s doing a very good job.

Q)What is Williams doing better this year?

Bowles: He’s understanding blocking schemes a little bit better and the game has slowed down for him. Before he was just running like a bull in a China shop. Now he understands what’s happening to him and he’s adjusting.

Q)Was there a point where the switch turned on for Williams?

Bowles: I think it’s just a natural progression. When you play as a rookie, you learn so much more after 16 games. Coming back the next year, so mentally we expect him to be a little better than he was last year.

Q)Is Williams where they expected him to be in his second season?

Bowles: I’d say he’s at the point where he’s gotten a lot better. He can get so much better, but he’s making a lot of progress. He doesn’t have a ceiling, but he doesn’t have a basement either. Right now he’s steadily ascending.

Q)How can he get more sacks?

Bowles: People are paying attention to him (and) the ball coming out quicker. He’s getting close. He’s getting hurries. It’s not always going to accumulate into sacks, but he’s getting hurries.

Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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