So far this offseason, not much been said about the progress of Baltimore Ravens rookie edge rusher Tim Williams. Without pads on, it is difficult to gauge the progress of offensive and defensive linemen. Fellow rookie Tyus Bowser's prowess in coverage has generated some buzz, but his counterpart Williams has been quiet.
Training camp and preseason should see Williams produce splash plays. The Ravens, like most NFL teams, have a weakness at right tackle. With the fact that starting right tackles are not nearly close to matching the pass rushers they face, backup tackles are an abyss away.
Tim Williams has been eating SEC tackles alive for the last two years. NFL backups are at said level if not below best of the SEC. Williams' skillset is tailor-made to take on slow footed tackles with leverage issues. In college, Williams was consistently able to force tackles to “open the gate”, meaning opening their hips early in an attempt to counter William's get off, thus getting them off-balance.
All is set up for Williams' explosive get off and sublime hand placement to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines in games and the rotating door of Ravens right tackles in practice. Like Matt Judon in the prior preseason, Williams should have a coming out party that will put him on the mind of Ravens fans and coaches alike when answering the question of where pass rush production will come from.