1) Introduction: Tramon Williams is a very different player in 2010 than he was in 2009. Williams was the second most penalized defensive back in the NFL in 2009, when he stepped into a starting role after Al Harris was lost for the season. He showed some signs of brilliance, but a lack of discipline in his technique, earning him the nickname “Admiral Armbar” from Football Outsiders. Well, he and assistant coach Joe Whitt addressed the technique issues in training camp, and “Admiral Armbar” has not been seen since.
Tramon Vernell Williams
Height: 5-11 Weight: 191 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Solid starter. One way or another, Tramon Williams was going to be counted on to be a starter. Even if Al Harris was able to return to action this season, the odds of him stepping in right away were slim. Tramon Williams was going to be the Packers’ starting right cornerback in 2010 – sink or swim. Besides changing his coverage techniques, Williams was also going to be expected to improve his tackling, which the Packers’ coaches were not satisfied with in 2009.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: The highlights are easy. Finding low-lights was rather difficult, especially with his play at cornerback. Perhaps his muffed punt in the Super Bowl would qualify as a low-light. He was very lucky there the Packers stole the ball back. As for his least productive game stat-wise, it would be the New England game. 1 solo tackle, no passes defended and he was pancaked on the BenJarvis Green TD run in the 1st quarter. Highlight for the year would have to be the Atlanta game. An INT in the end zone and a pick-six just before the half that changed the whole complexion of the game. The game-ending INT against the Eagles in the playoffs would be a close second.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: With six interceptions and 57 tackles and 20 passes defended during the regular season, Williams was a major reason for the vast improvement in the Packers’ defense. Dom capers was able to leave Williams in single man coverage for much of the time, giving him the flexibility to use Charles Woodson in different roles. Williams was often matched up against the other team’s best receiver and handled the job with confidence. Williams was a slight disappointment as a punt returner. He had a couple of muffed punts, 2 fumbles and an 8 yd per return average, which puts him about 20th among NFL punt returners with at least 20 attempts.
6) Player’s contributions during the 6-win end-of-season run: Barring Aaron Rodgers, there wasn’t a more impactful player during the Packers’ season-ending win streak than Tramon Williams. Tramon had four interceptions during the Packers last six games. He ended the Eagles’ comeback bid with his INT of Michael Vick and the Steelers’ final drive with his breakup of the attempted 4th down pass to Mike Wallace. He and Aaron Rodgers were the undisputed stars of the Packers’ Super Bowl run.
Season Report Card:
(A) Level of expectations met during the season
(A+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A+) Contributions to team’s success during the playoff run (last 6 games)
Overall Grade for the year: A+——————
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