On Saturday at training camp, the Ravens practiced in pads for the first time, and Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Williams looked like just what general manager Ozzie Newsome ordered in the third round on April 28.
“Great quick twitch,” Pees told reporters after practice. “This guy’s just what we thought. They’ve all got a ways to go. I mean, we’re three days in. We are so far from being where we need to be. But he’s the guy that we drafted. He looks like the guy that we drafted.”
In one-on-one pass-rush drills against offensive tackles, Williams beat Stephane Nembot, James Hurst and Ronnie Stanley for what would have been sacks in game conditions. Hurst has never played in an NFL game, and Hurst has started 16 games in three seasons with Baltimore. But Stanley is the Ravens’ regular left tackle.
“Basically, it’s just going up there and knowing what you’re going to do and having confidence in your move and confidence in your ability,” Williams said.
With Elvis Dumervil now with the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens have an opening for a pass-rusher at strongside linebacker when run-stopper Albert McClellan isn’t in the game. Baltimore has a list of young candidates to rush on the other end from veteran Terrell Suggs that includes former Greenville High School standout Za’Darius Smith in addition to Bowser and Williams.
“I’m out here with the guys and learning from guys like Suggs,” Williams said, “and see what…
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