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So the Bills signed some guard named Chris Williams from the Rams. Yeah..I don't know who the hell he is either. However, this is why I reach out to the folks who covered him to find out the 411. Here's Will from Rams Herd to dish the dirt on him.
1) Can you tell me a little about Chris Williams?
Williams was a former 1st round pick by the Chicago Bears, who took him with the expectation that he’d be a left tackle. However, he burned his bridges there and the Rams got him off the scrap pile during the middle of the 2012 season. Considering how uniformly awful the Bears OL was, no one here had much expectation for him. However, he worked his way into the rotation as a guard, and started to lock down the starting left guard spot (a trouble spot here for years) in camp.
2) What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Williams is a technical player. When he is able to set his base, he’s a pretty effective blocker. In camp, he was the only lineman who was able to stand up DT Michael Brockers in one-on-one drills. That said, though, there have always been questions about his effort. The Rams used a 70/30 rotation at the left guard spot between Williams and Shelley Smith, who is more of a road-grader. Maybe it was just for change of pace, or maybe it was to limit Williams’ snaps and keep his head in the game.
3) Pro football focus ranked Chris Williams as the 74th best guard in the league. That sounds awful, but does that sound about right? Why?
I take PFF rankings with a grain of salt, but I’m not going to say they got that wrong. He’s a lower-end starter, probably better as a utility guy. To be honest, I was surprised that anyone gave him a multi-year deal. I’m sure fans in Chicago are apoplectic. If he has any good tape at all, it’s from working with Rams OL coach Paul Boudreau here. If you’re the Bills, you hope that you can pick up where Boudreau left off.
4) How was he in pass protection and run blocking?
The Rams use a combination of blocking schemes, switching from zone to power or sometimes mixing both in the same play (zone on one side, power on the other). I think Williams is light-footed enough and balanced enough to be effective in a zone scheme, but he isn’t a guy who is going to single-handedly clear out a hole you could drive a truck through. In pass protection, he doesn’t necessarily give up a ton of sacks, but he does give up ground and allow interior pressure that can flush your QB out of the pocket.
5) Do you think he's an NFL starter?
In my opinion, he’s a player that I hoped the Rams could upgrade from. I’ll just leave it at that.
6) Anything else you can tell us about Williams?
I think you have to give Williams some credit for fighting back from his disastrous time in Chicago. He could be a guy for whom the light switch is finally coming on. That said, though, players always seem more motivated to perform when they’re on one-year, “prove-it” deals. Hopefully for the Bills, he doesn’t become complacent with a multi-year deal to his name.
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Eight years ago, Zach Snyder made a name for himself with the most revolutionary film since The Matrix. When Zach Snyder made the, somewhat historical, 300. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, who was still riding a high from his success from Sin City, it took special effects and a vision unlike any other to […]
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