As we get closer to the beginning of the 2013 NFL season, NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams will be a player to watch.
The Giants’ linebacker corps has represented one of the team’s most glaring weak spots in the past few years. However, the return of a healthy Williams could bring some speed and athleticism to a unit that has lacked both. The former sixth-round draft pick is a sideline-to-sideline player capable of chasing down backs from the backside or sticking with tight ends or receivers down the seams. Although injuries have helped limit the amount of action he saw in his first two seasons (he missed six games in 2012), Williams certainly possesses the talent to be a big-time playmaker in the Giants’ scheme. If he can avoid the injury bug, Williams could help solve the Giants’ biggest problem.
Williams went undrafted in 2011, and still contributed to the Giants Super Bowl run that year as he became a difference maker on special teams and certain defensive packages. I believe the Giants confidence in Williams is the reason they were able to release Michael Boley earlier this offseason.