Ravens Williams ‘just worried about football’
— Brandon Williams made the most of the opportunity he was given last season.
When five-time Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata left the Ravens for a mega contract with the Detroit Lions following the 2014 season, a massive hole appeared to be left in the middle of Baltimore’s defensive line. Instead, there was hardly a letdown thanks to Williams.
The defensive tackle recored 53 tackles, exactly half of his three-year career total, and a pair of sacks. Williams is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and his performance last season suggests he could be in line for a big-time contract – in Baltimore or elsewhere.
Williams did not say whether he has been in talks with the Ravens about a con-
tract extension on Friday following the team’s second training camp practice.
“I’m just worried about football,” he said. “They can worry about whatever they need to worry about, but that is above my pay grade. I’m just going to do what I need to do on the field.”
Despite having a breakout year, Williams received little recognition as one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. Baltimore’s 340-pound run stopper was recently named the most underrated player in the league by CBS Sports Pete Prisco.
“It really doesn’t mean much. It is what it is. I’ve just got to do my job on the field and do whatever to get it done. I’m not really worried about what the media says; it is more about what I do on the field,” Williams said. “You want to be a highly-rated guy, but my biggest thing is going out on the field, giving my teammates everything I’ve got, and whatever happens at the end of the season, happens at the end of the season. As long as I know at the end of every practice and every game that I’ve given my all, that is all that my matters.”
Williams – a Division II Missouri Southern product – somehow missed out on the Pro Bowl last season. Though he has bigger goals for 2016, he hopes to earn his first trip in his fourth NFL season.
“If it’s not, you would be crazy,” he said when asked if a Pro Bowl invite is a goal of his. “You have to want that for yourself, but the biggest thing is winning games. Being a team player, winning games and coming together with your teammates, that is the biggest thing.”
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Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams works Thursday during Baltimore’s first practice of training camp.