Over the weekend, Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report decided on each of the 32 NFL team’s “project players” heading into the 2020 season. For the Rams, that player was cornerback Darious Williams, a former undrafted free agent in 2018 who initially signed with the Baltimore Ravens, signed with the Rams in October of that year. He was a two-year player for the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he picked off five passes as a senior.
Williams started gaining favor with the coaching following some impressive performances towards the end of the 2019 season.
“Darious Williams is a guy that played really good football for this group in the last couple games,” said new defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. “I think this guy can cover, I think he’s got a really good skill set for corner. He can run, he can change directions, he can play the ball in the deep part of the field, he’s got a good body.”
The former first-team All-CUSA selection started three games in 2019 while playing in 14 total. He finished the year with 15 tackles, four pass breakups, a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovered for a touchdown.
Sobleski believes Williams can survive playing on the outside but mentioned there could be a spot for him in the slot if the staff believes he could fill the shoes of departed nickel cornerback, Nickell Robey-Coleman.
Now for today’s links.
Stu Jackson takes a look at RB Darrell Henderson to see if a big second year is in the cards (TheRams.com)
J.B. Long discusses how rookie WR Van Jefferson “passed the first test” with the Rams (TheRams.com)
Bret Stuter thinks OLB Terrell Lewis could be a star in the NFL (Ramblin’ Fan)
Cameron DaSilva lists four ways QB Jared Goff could get better in 2020 (The Rams Wire)
Brent Sobleski lists every NFL team’s “project player” for 2020 (Bleacher Report)
Jason La Canfora ranks the five new NFL head coaches in 2020 (CBS Sports)
Bryan DeArdo lists the top-5 rivalries in the NFL during the 1960’s (CBS Sports)
QB Dak Prescott has decided to sign his franchise tender (Pro Football Talk)
Doug Clawson ranks all 32 NFL teams by the play of their franchise’s quarterbacks (ESPN+)