The Giants didn't trade for Leonard Williams to not sign him.
That was the answer head coach Pat Shurmur had, to a degree, Wednesday when asked about the Giants' latest move.
After the Giants traded for the Jets' fifth-year defensive lineman Tuesday, Shurmur looked forward to getting Williams involved for the second half of the 2019 season, with the future in mind as well.
"I'm very confident," Shurmur said of extending Williams. "I don't see why he wouldn't be. We brought him in with the idea that he was going to get out and play and be with us.
"I can't speak to (if he wants to right now), but I'm confident he will be, because I really liked him as a player before we brought him in. I think we added an outstanding player to our group. And as a coach, I look at these deals one at a time, and it's a good deal for us, especially from my perspective.
"(Tuesday) he came in and we had a good, long talk and obviously we did our research on him and spent some time again with him today out here at practice. So like I said, we're going to try to get him up to speed as quickly as possible and we're thrilled that he's here."
Williams joins the Giants after seven games with the Jets -- all starts -- where he recorded 20 tackles, five quarterback hits and one pass breakup along the defensive line.
The 6-foot-5, 302-pounder has proven durable and versatile over his first four seasons, starting 63 of 64 games with 32 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in multiple spots on the line -- inside and outside.
Williams added 85 quarterback hits, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception over the span.
"We're going to use him as we see fit," Shurmur said. "He'll definitely be in that rotation immediately, playing ... either on the center, the guard, the tackle or the tight end. And I think that's where his versatility will help us."
Leonard Williams in a Giants uniform. pic.twitter.com/IxTRJVP4ig- Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) October 30, 2019
Because of Williams' flexibility, in addition to his schematic familiarity from four years spent in former Jets head coach Todd Bowles' 3-4 defense, Shurmur said that the newly-acquired defensive lineman has a leg up.
"Very quickly, very quickly," Shurmur said. "A day like today is a good thing -- because we have an extra practice day -- and so we can get him up and running, get him ready to go for Monday."
The Giants (2-6) host the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET -- an instant chance for Williams to impact the new unit after Sept. 8's 35-17 featured zero sacks.
"I think getting pressure is a good thing," Shurmur said. "I think, shoot, he had a sack last week in Jacksonville (during the Jets' 29-15 loss to the Jaguars on Oct. 27). I guess it didn't come off the books. But when you watch the tape, it's a sack. So he's a guy that can get pressure and I think that's an important thing."