1) Introduction: Tramon Williams burst onto the scene in 2010. With a career high six interceptions, Williams became known for his clutch playmaking skills. He made the game saving interception of Michael Vick with 33 seconds left in the Wild Card game at Philadelphia against the Eagles and in Atlanta he made back-to-back interceptions of Matt Ryan including an electrifying 70-yard pick six that blew the game open for the Packers. Williams was looking to be on course to be the heir apparent to Charles Woodson as the playmaker in the Packers secondary.
3) Expectations coming into the season: The key for Williams entering 2011 was establishing consistency. Now that he had the breakout season behind him, the next logical step was to put together a strong season every year. With Woodson showing few signs of slowing down, Williams was likely looking at continual opportunities to make plays. As part of an aggressive secondary, Williams was expected to force a fair amount of turnovers and reduce the efficiency of the opponent’s passing attack
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: In an aerial display against the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 at Qualcomm stadium, Williams made his sole pick-six of the season in the first quarter that ultimately proved the final margin of victory in a 45-38 shootout win for the Packers.
The low point of the season for Williams came in the very first game against the New Orleans Saints. Once again the game was an aerial battle, but Williams suffered a shoulder injury after being hit by his own teammate when he was chasing down a receiver. It’s an injury that appeared to hamper Williams the rest of the season and in hindsight may have affected the play of the entire secondary. Williams never seemed the same player after the opening game.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Williams and Woodson form a pretty lethal duo in the Packers defensive backfield. Despite his injury, his performance the previous season forced defenders to respect him more which may have opened things up for Woodson in 2011 who saw his interception total increase from two to seven. While Williams may not have made as many highlight reel plays as the year before, he played his role in an assertive Packers secondary. Had he not suffered that Week 1 injury, who knows what else would have happened?
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: The secondary got burned the entire game and no single player is exempt from taking some of the blame. The Packers had everything laid out for them on a silver platter for a second straight Super Bowl title, and the team blew it. Eli Manning shredded every single player with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham and the Packers had no prayer. Williams’ performance from the 2010 postseason was a distant memory after this performance.
Season Report Card:
(C+) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke