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Giants’ Leonard Williams is NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Williams earns DPOW honor for second time this season

Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams finished the best season of his NFL career by being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant effort Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Williams had three sacks, five additional pressures, three tackles for loss and six total stops against Dallas, along with a pass defensed in the Giants’ 23-19 victory.

Williams also won the Defensive Player of the Week honor after a 2.5-sack game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The six-year veteran finished with 11.5 sacks, the first double-digit sack season of his career. Williams’ total is the most by a Giant since Jason Pierre-Paul had 14.5 in 2014.

The Giants finished the season with 40 sacks, their highest total since they had 47 in 2014.

Williams is heading to free agency after playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag. Best guess is he will be looking for a contract that will put him in the top 10 among defensive linemen, which means an average annual value of at least $17.5 million.