When New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams finally entered training camp two days late after putting the final nail in his first contract, he came into camp looking and feeling pretty good. It’s fair to say he was looking a little leaner and meaner than he did by the end of last season with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
That's something Jets fans are looking for from players coming into the new season. The fans and coaches are expecting players to do whatever is necessary to turn the team's recent fortunes around. That also applies to sports bettors armed with a promo from Pointsbet who are looking for any solid reason to consider betting on the Jets this season.
With the start of training camp this past week, it was very clear that a number of players were extremely dissatisfied with the team's performance of the past three season. It wasn't unusual that a player like Williams would want to enter training camp with the best conditioning and attitude possible. What really surprised coaches and other players is what he did in the offseason to address his strength and conditioning. Instead of hiring the requisite professional trainer to drive him on a day-today basis, he turned to YouTube.
Word is Williams went home to Alabama in the offseason with a desire to get himself ready to make a favorable impression in rookie season. That's exactly the attitude Head Coach Adam Gase expects from a player who was chosen in the draft with the third overall pick.
In his first meeting with the press after entering training camp, Williams told reporters, "I just know that I'm in great shape right now. I got trim and got my body fat down a lot, and I'm at a great body weight right now. I'm just ready to perform, and I feel way better than I was in college. I feel like I'm way stronger, faster, and way more flexible."
While most players would enlist the services of nutritionists and professional trainers during the off season, Williams made it clear he took an entirely different approach. He told reports while grinning from ear to ear, "I just worked out on my own, there's not really much else I can do. I can YouTube everything, I don't really have to go pay a superstar-performance dude, I can just YouTube and do it."
Adding, "You're going to go on the field by yourself, you can't take the performance coach with you. I just YouTubed a lot, I did a lot of stuff that we do here over and over. I did a lot of conditioning and I ran track a lot because I saw DeSean Jackson running track all the time, so I got me some track cleats and started running the track all the time. I had a conditioning test, so it got me in great shape for it."
His training methods didn't seem to concern the coaching staff. If he performs well this season, the only ones who need to be concerned in the future are professional trainers who list football players among their clientele.