Bill Belichick continues to praise the Jets, especially DL Leonard Williams

In typical Bill Belichick fashion, the New England Patriots coach has nothing but good things to say about the rival New York Jets before the two square off on Sunday.

“I’ve been really impressed with the way they’ve played the last three weeks,” he said, per WEEI’s Ryan Hannable.

He even singled out defensive lineman Leonard Williams as one of the guys who could give the Patriots fits on Sunday.

“[Williams is a] big problem,” Belichick said, per NESN’s Zack Cox. “One of the best defensive linemen we’ll see all year.”

The Patriots have been having issues on the offensive line. Quarterback Tom Brady has been hit so much that he already has an AC joint sprain in his non-throwing shoulder. While he’s not expected to miss any games with it, that’s an indicator of the problems up front and it could be worse if Brady suffers a more serious hit in the future.

That’s likely why Belichick is focused on stopping Williams, a former first-round draft pick. If he’s able to get to Brady and blow up the line all afternoon, it’s going to be a long game for the Patriots.

That said, Belichick doesn’t sound worried about his star quarterback, who missed practice once this week to get an MRI.

“Tom is as physically, mentally tough as any player I’ve ever coached,” Belichick said, per NESN’s Doug Kyed.

Plus, Belichick does have a habit of giving his next opponent as much praise as possible before any game. Most of the time, he still beats them on game day.

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