WATCH: Jets Leonard Williams talks sleep specialist

Jets Leonard Williams talks about how he's preparing for London

FLORHAM PARK: For many players on the Jets roster, this Sunday’s trip to the UK will be the first time they’ll be overseas.

It’s going to be a unique experience, unlike anything many have experienced before, and as a result, New York’s coaching staff is taking the necessary steps to prepare the team as much as they can for the unorthodox game against the Miami Dolphins.

At least one of the precautionary measures appears to be working quite well. On Monday, the Jets brought in a sleep specialist to help teach the Jets about jet lag. And, well, he literally put rookie first-round pick Leonard Williams to sleep.

“I was kind of nodding off, to be honest,” Williams said with a smile after Wednesday’s practice. “The guy was telling us it was ok to go to sleep. He really shouldn’t have done that.”

Williams said shortly after the specialist walked in, he turned off the lights in the meeting room. The USC product did his best to pay attention and stay alert, and he did pick up some tips – like to go to sleep a little earlier, and wake up earlier to help prepare for the time difference-- but in the end, he just couldn’t hang.

“He turned the lights off!” Williams said, cracking up again. “I think he did it on purpose, to be honest. He did a few things where people had to raise their hands, and he said the only people not raising their hands were the people that were sleeping.”


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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