Quinnen Williams has been the Jets’ best player this season.
On Friday, that was made official by his teammates.
Gang Green’s star defensive tackle was voted the Jets’ Curtis Martin Team MVP after registering 49 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 14 games. He also won the Kyle Clifton/Good Guy Award along with Jets offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker.
“I think it was as close to unanimous as it can get,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said about Williams winning the team MVP award.
“When you have guys like that, you’re happy for him because of all the success he’s having. He’s a dominant force in the inside. When he’s playing at his best, he makes it easy for everybody to do their jobs. … I never liked to compare, but his impact in the building is very similar to a guy like DeForest Buckner, who’s just the ultimate team guy, team first, uplifts his teammates, has a great relationship with all of his teammates, and very coachable, so he’s deserving of everything he’s gotten this year.”
Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley was voted as the Dennis Byrd Most Inspirational winner, defensive lineman Vinny Curry won the Ed Block Courage, which is given to the teammate that serves as a role model of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas also won the Marty Lyons Community Service award, while wide receiver Garrett Wilson claimed the “Rookie who acts like a pro award.”
Left tackle Duane Brown rounded out the awards as he was voted as the Selfless Warrior winner, which is given to the player who gives himself the most for the team.
“It’s voted on by the coaches and Duane Brown just exemplifies everything with what he’s done,” Saleh said.
“I’m not going to get into details of what he’s sacrificed and how he’s been doing it, but it is very rare, very rare for someone like Duane Brown to go through a season like he has and to sacrifice what he has when he hasn’t had to sacrifice anything. There’s a reason why he’s had so many years in the league, there’s a reason why he’s got many more years left in the league, and there’s a reason why he’s been a Pro Bowler for so long and he’s made so much money.”
Safety Lamarcus Joyner (hip) and wide receiver Denzel Mims (concussion) are each expected to play against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Joyner missed games against the Lions and Jaguars after he was placed on the injury report after he got hurt while prepping for the Jets’ Week 15 game. Mims suffered a head injury against the Lions and was placed in the concussion protocol. He didn’t clear in time for the game against the Jaguars.
Both wide receiver Jeff Smith and cornerback Brandin Echols will miss Sunday’s game against the Seahawks due to injury. Smith missed last week’s game against the Jaguars after suffering a knee injury in the loss to the Lions on Dec. 18. This will be the third consecutive game Echols has missed after injuring his quad following the game against the Bills in Week 14.