Jets defensive end Leonard Williams told reporters that he is less concerned about his numbers this year, instead focusing on becoming a role model on and off the field.
"I don't really have any statistical goals, but I have a personal goal of being a better leader to my teammates, raising expectations and just setting the bar of expectation on how to practice and how to come out every day and work hard," Williams said.
The 23-year-old Williams added that he's used to to being in such a position, no matter what team he's been a part of.
"Every [team] that I've been a part of, I've naturally been able to get in a leadership position," he said. "It's not because I force myself to that position, it's because I show up to work, and make sure my teammates are doing the same thing."
The USC product, who is entering his third year in the league, recorded 68 tackles and seven sacks with the Jets in 2016. While the Jets are expected to be near the top during next year's NFL Draft, that doesn't mean Williams doesn't want to be on the winning side of most games.
"I don't like losing, so every game matters to me, whether it's preseason or whether it goes to our regular season," he said. "I like to win. Winning is fun. So this game is supposed to be fun, and that's the funnest part, is winning."
Two weeks ago, Williams got to meet former Giant Michael Strahan when the lineman spoke at Jets camp. Williams called the experience an "amazing" one.
"Every time I'm around a Hall of Famer, it's really like unbelievable to be around them," Williams said. "Their mindsets are programed way different than a regular person. They just are all about winning, they're all about getting better. They're never complacent, never feel like they have it all."