Although the Jets defensive line was a position of strength and depth when Williams was drafted, that has quickly changed with the suspension of Sheldon Richardson and likely further punishment due to his recent arrest.
Richardson, who was suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy on July 2 for testing positive for marijuana use, was arrested on July 14 for resisting arrest and other traffic violations (July 30).
"He'll get a bunch of snaps at it," head coach Todd Bowles said of Williams practicing with the first team in Richardson's absence. "I mean we have Leger Douzable, Stephen Bowen and we have Kevin Vickerson. We have a bunch of guys that will get reps. But Leonard, we'll take a long look at him."
Williams, 21, was taken by the Jets with the sixth overall pick. He will have the opportunity to fill a void and become a key part to the Jets defense in his rookie season.
"Whether what happened to Richardson happened or not, I was still coming to camp with the same mindset to work and see where I fit in and try to earn a spot on the field as soon as possible," Williams said.