Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams coming off his best game as a pro
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM
Dipping his left shoulder and lowering his center of gravity to gain leverage, Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams shoved Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins into the backfield and discarded him.
Williams displayed power and quickness as he barreled into the backfield to split a sack with outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil during a 48-17 win last Sunday.
Williams finished with five tackles, one for a loss and a half-sack in arguably his top game since being drafted in the third round a year ago out of Missouri Southern.
"He played a great game," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "The thing that has really helped us with him right now is it it has really been hard for people to single-block him with a center. So, all of a sudden, if you have to devote a guard and a center to him, that's going to help the linebackers a whole lot.
"Anytime you have a nose tackle and if he can [win] one-on-one in almost any scheme like we play, that's not going to be a good situation. He really had, I thought, his best game of the season."
Since the Ravens drafted him last year, Williams has emerged as one of the Ravens' most improved players. At 6-foot-1, 335 pounds, Williams has outstanding strength. He bench pressed 225 pounds 38 times at the NFL scouting combine last year. Williams has a maximum bench press of 525 pounds. He was featured in a viral YouTube video where he walked on his hands.
For the season, Williams has recorded a career-high 15 tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Last season, he had just six tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery in seven games after being signed to a four-year, $2.675 million contract that included a $515,000 signing bonus.
"I feel like for now, yeah, that was my best game against Tampa, but I can always get better," Williams said. "Hopefully, I can build off of that. It's great when you've got coaches saying what they think about me and that the coach believes in me and is relying on me."
Dominating such an established blocker like Mankins is another accomplishment.
"Yeah, he's a great player," Williams said. "Everyone has their day, and I got my work in."