We talked about what cornerback Tramon Williams brings to the team on Sunday. A wealth of experience and a long career playing at a high level.
Despite being 35 and entering his 13th season in the league, it doesn’t appear Williams has lost much, if anything at all. Pro Football Focus gave Williams a grade of 88.8 for his work with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. That was the ninth-best cornerback rating in the league.
That earned Williams a two-year contract and a second stint with the Green Bay Packers.
It’s only OTAs, of course, but we’ve been hearing great things about Williams. Here’s another one.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says Williams is not only a difference-maker, but that he’s the best player on the defensive side of the ball.
#Packers QB @AaronRodgers12 with high praise for @HighRizer22 today: "I said it walking off the field today, the biggest difference on the back end is '38.' He is, as of right now, in my humble opinion, the best on that side of the ball."
There are probably some guys on defense that might take issue with that assessment. However, Rodgers, as a quarterback, is obviously more focused on the competition he gets from the secondary.
That’s also an area that you can start to get a feel for during OTAs. It’s hard to know what you have at, say, defensive line or linebacker until the pads go on.
That said, it certainly looks like Williams is going to be lining up as a starting boundary corner when the Green Bay Packers open their 2018 season. It also looks like Williams can still play at a high level.
We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re going to trust Rodgers’ assessment. He knows a thing or two about which defensive backs are good and which ones aren’t.