Tramon Williams is definitely the veteran presence and/or old man of the Green Bay Packers’ secondary right now.
Williams will be playing his 13th season in 2018. He turned 35 in March.
Despite that, it appears the old man has something left in the tank. He was more than solid for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017, when he tallied 41 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defended. That came in 13 games and nine starts.
That campaign got him a two-year contract and a second stint with the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers, Williams is the only cornerback who has ever consistently played at a high level. The only other true veteran on the roster is Davon House, who has only one really good season under his belt. That came in 2015, when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The rest of the cornerback group is led by second-year player Kevin King and rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson.
Williams has 32 career interceptions. House is second in the group with seven. So let’s put that in perspective.
Tramon Williams currently has more career INT’s (32) than the rest of the Packers’ secondary combined
Welcome back #38 ???????????? pic.twitter.com/OWf6QTVhs1
— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) June 1, 2018
Oh, wait. Let’s not shortchange Williams. He’ll call your ass out!
Add the 4 postseason INT's in there. Lol.. It feels good to be back. https://t.co/aHp2zQ1CET
— Tramon Williams Sr. (@HighRizer22) June 3, 2018
As far as that goes, no other current Packers’ cornerback has a single postseason interception.
It seems everyone is quick to assume the Packers’ starting cornerbacks in 2018 will be King, Alexander and Jackson. I suspect Williams will hold down one of those roles.
He has reportedly looked good in OTAs. That, of course, means nothing. We’ll see what happens when the pads come on, but Williams not only has more interceptions than all of these guys combined, he has more knowledge than all these guys combined.
That’s going to translate on the field.
King, Williams, Alexander will start. House will battle for dime back. Jackson is raw so he’ll need another season to be ready. Pipkins and anyone else will fill out the group as depth.
Pro Football Focus had WIlliams rated as the 8th lowest passer rating when targeted in 2017. They rated him as a top 10 cornerback last year. I bet he starts, allowing the rookies to play nickel and dime.
PFF also graded T. Willy 34th in 2014, 54th in 2015, and 96th in 2016. So why don’t we wait and see what he does before crowning him King.
We talk like T. Willy having 32 picks in 13 seasons is a great accomplishment. That’s 2.4 (2 1/2) a season. I don’t know i’d be bragging about that.
Hell…T. Buck had 50 picks in 13 seasons.