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 first stepped into a starting role as Al Harris was lost for the season.
As a free agent in 2006, cornerback Charles Woodson was not wanted by 31 of the 32 NFL teams. They thought he was a player in decline and that thanks to those supposedly diminishing skills, it wasn’t worth putting up with his antics.
Well, the one team that wanted him got him, and needless to say the Green Bay Packers are pretty happy with what Woodson has become.
Howard Green can thank for the Jenkins family for the 2010 season; while he started on the Redskins (only to be cut in the offseason), he was scooped by the Jets after starting nose tackle Kris Jenkins went on IR due to a ACL injury.
Remember back in August when Mike McCarthy and Packers management kept preaching about “improving from within?” As usual, the Packers were not buyers in the free agent market, and most of us wondered how the team’s horrendous pass defense could possibly improve after a rough end to the 2009 season.
AJ Hawk came in as a highly touted 5th overall selection in the 2006 NFL draft. Since then, his career can be described as “steady”; drafted as the most “NFL ready” player in his draft he has been just that, he usually is assignment sure and consistent in tackling and in coverage, but many people have called him out for not being the “impact player” warranting a top 5 pick.