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Tramon Williams’ Leadership Is Looking to Shine

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Tramon Williams’ Leadership Is Looking to Shine

As the Packers headed to the practice field for the first day of training camp yesterday, plenty of new faces could be seen among the players and coaching staff.  Among General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s free agent acquisitions this past offseason, none may be as important as bringing back savvy veteran Tramon Williams to join the group of young and hopeful cornerbacks.  And while not necessarily a new face around the team, bringing back Williams could pay big dividends both on the field of play and as a mentor to the young defensive backs. 

Following the team’s first practice yesterday, Williams spoke to his role as a leader on the defense.  Knowing that he has an infectious personality, Williams loves the fact that guys in the locker room naturally gravitate toward him and he does not shy away from that role.  Young cornerbacks like Kevin King, Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson and Lenzy Pipkins learning behind Williams’ play on the field and in the film room could be the best thing possible for them.  The other youngsters in the group will benefit as well.

Further reiterating his leadership role on the team, Williams spoke to the fact that he understands what lies ahead of him on a 2018 Green Bay Packers team that has all of the talent and quarterback play necessary to reach their goal of a Super Bowl.  Having been around the league now on both the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals rosters in past years, Williams knows a roster with the true potential to win.  He further went on to say that his group needs to do their part to strike now because opportunities like this are rare and he never knows how long they’ll last.  Expressing the urgency to the young group of cornerbacks will be important in their development and Tramon seems poised to make that happen.

On the practice field, Williams was taking first-team reps at the slot corner position and shuffling out to the perimeter.  When asked about his confidence on covering receivers from the slot corner position, Williams expressed that his experience and versatility in covering receivers both from the outside and in the slot will be huge for the defense in 2018.  Even at the age of 35, the veteran cornerback is showing all the signs of being willing and able to help be a leader on this defense both on and off the field.

Last year, the crafty veteran showed he still belongs in the league with the Arizona Cardinals where he was typically covering number two receivers behind Patrick Peterson.  His 2017 Pro Football Focus grade of 88.8 puts him in the “High-Quality” category among his peers and the Green Bay defense will be looking for him to continue that play into 2018.  Williams’ one year of experience working in a Mike Pettine program in his time with the Cleveland Browns should also pay off in Williams’ return to the Packers organization as well.

If Tramon Williams proves to be both a leader in the locker room and on the field, his two year, $10 million deal will prove to be a genius move by Gutekunst.  While expecting Williams to return to his form that was shown during the 2010 Super Bowl run may be unlikely, the veteran corner is showing signs that he is ready to bring it all to the table for the Packers defense in 2018. 

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Ryan Brunner is an avid Packers fan hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI.  He is a firm believer that punters are NFL players too!  Follow him on Twitter @brunwardo

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Oppy's picture

Hands down my favorite Packers player of the AR/MM era. I hope he has the opportunity to atone for his unfortunate final play of his first tour of duty with the Pack. He deserves to end his career in the green and gold on a high note that better represents his overall contributions to this team,

KenEllis's picture

Given MM's high praise of TWill, really curious as to whether MM wanted to keep him and whether he was on board with TT's decision to let Tramon go after the 2014 season.

Oppy's picture

Coaches rarely want to let any players go. It's just the nature of the beast. It's also why typically Coaches coach and GMs make roster decisions. It is what it is.

gr7070's picture

Meh.

What's going to shine is playing like a top 20 CB in the league, like last year and years past.

He can be this amazing leader, but if he plays like crap he's not going to shine.

# stoopidclechesneedtodie

Oppy's picture

Off topic- I know it's only day 2 of TC, but has anyone reported on who's been getting 1st team snaps at the Safety position so far?

CJ Bauckham's picture

Brice and HaHa were first team yest. Haven't read anything today

Oppy's picture

Thanks, CJ

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Twill knows that GB "needs to strike now because opportunities like this [super bowl contention] are rare and he never knows how long they’ll last. Expressing the urgency to the young group of CBs will be important...."

Spock's picture

I know I'm getting old but we didn't have robots enrolled in H.S. when I was a lad. I'm surprised that yoli89 passed H.S. as it has a problem with repetitiveness. It's like my joke where I flip my head to the left each time I say, "Sometime's I think I'm the only normal one left. Normal one Left. Left." :)

Spock's picture

Reports on TW are that he still has plenty of game and is in top shape. Pettine has said that if he only wanted someone who knows his system to work with the CB's he'd have just hired another coach, he wanted TW because he can still PLAY at a high level, being a mentor is a bonus.

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