1) Introduction: Packers CB Tramon Williams has often been used as an example of GM Ted Thompson’s undrafted “gems.” Picked up by Green Bay during the 2006 season, he slowly worked his way into the starting role and became a big reason for the team’s Super Bowl run in 2010. Tramon has embraced his path openly, using the slogan “Unwanted 2 Untouchable” on his personally-sold merchandise.
Tramon Vernell Williams
- Age: 29
- Born: 03/16/1983, in Houma, LA
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 191
- College: Louisiana Tech
- Rookie Year: 2006
- NFL Experience: 6 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: To say Tramon Williams had a “down year” in 2011 is an understatement. An early shoulder injury appeared to make him a shell of his former self, who just a year prior caught 9 interceptions across the regular season and postseason. With the shoulder close to 100% and ready to go, Packer nation expected Tramon to once again become the shut-down, playmaking cornerback from their championship season.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Tramon Williams gave Packers fans the boost of confidence they were looking for in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears. He was not only instrumental in shutting down WR Brandon Marshall, he also snatched two interceptions to help seal the Bears’ fate. Unfortunately, those were the only two interceptions Tramon would have all year. His low point of the season was easily the dismal performance he gave against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. In addition to his lackluster coverage and abysmal attempts (?) at tackling Adrian Peterson, Tramon kept a Vikings’ fourth-quarter touchdown drive alive with a completely unnecessary hands-to-the-face penalty.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: It could easily be argued that both Sam Shields and Casey Hayward were more productive cornerbacks than Tramon Williams by the end of the season. However, we also have to balance that out with two things: (1) Tramon was asked to do more within the defense, and (2) he was often tasked with covering the opposition’s best wide receiver. His coverage skills, though not quite at the level we had expected, were a lot better than in 2011; nevertheless, it wasn’t up to par with expectations, and his lack of support in the running game dropped his value rather steeply.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Tramon Williams actually improved his performance significantly from the Week 17 game to the Wild Card game against the Vikings. His pass coverage was better, and though still far from desired, his run game also improved. Tramon’s run support continued to get better into the Divisional round against the 49ers, but he struggled in the passing game. He allowed 6 of his 8 targets to be caught for a total of 87 yards. His two holding penalties also gave the 49ers a couple of free first downs.
Season Report Card:
(C-) Level of expectations met during the season
(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B-——————Follow @ChadToporski