Tramon Williams’ experience will be key for the Green Bay Packers defense in 2019.
As the Green Bay Packers secondary continues to get younger, Tramon Williams continues to play an important role. He brings much-needed experience to a young defense, and that can make all the difference for teams that win championships.
Williams returned to Green Bay last offseason after three years away, and the 36-year-old will once again be an important player in Mike Pettine’s defense, whether lined up at cornerback or safety.
Williams started every game last year, spending time at multiple positions in the secondary. He made 54 tackles and had two passes defended.
The Packers needed better play in the secondary last season. Rookie Jaire Alexander made an immediate impact, but Williams also put together a solid season. His versatility was key, with the Packers moving him to safety around midseason to help address one of the weakest areas of the defense.
Odds of making roster: 80 percent
The Packers have brought in two starters at safety with Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage Jr., and if Kevin King is healthy, he’ll likely start with Jaire Alexander at cornerback. Williams, too, could still be a starter on defense, but it’s more likely he’ll be a top backup at both positions.
Williams’ contract isn’t a concern for the Packers, so the only way he doesn’t make the roster is if he struggles at training camp and Green Bay decides to go with a younger player.
What to expect in 2019?
While Williams started every game last year, that could change in 2019. The offseason additions should ensure the Packers are set at both safety positions, barring injury, and they drafted Ka’Dar Hollman to replace Bashaud Breeland at cornerback.
Ideally, Williams’ versatility will make him an ideal backup who can be part of the rotation for snaps. But at 36, it’s unlikely he’ll be a starter each week unless there are injuries.
Despite that, it’s important not to overlook Williams’ experience. That can be key for any defense, especially in a secondary with so many first, second and third-year players.