Timmy Jernigan is slated to replace Ngata, but it will take the entire defensive line increasing its contributions to make up for his departure.
That includes nose tackle Brandon Williams continuing to improve heading into his second full season as a starter.
"It tells me I just have to step up," Williams said. "We have to do more. I accept the challenge willingly, to get out there and do everything I have to do to be my best player, be my best self. And that goes for everybody else on the defensive line. We don't need anybody to be Haloti. We just need everybody to be their best selves, and we'll be fine."