Starting corner back, Aaron Williams, has taken a lot of heat for the woes of the Buffalo Bills defense this season. Drafted in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2011 draft, many were excited at his potential and thought he would really be able to make a difference. Now, the same people are wondering if he is the next Leodis McKelvin of the Bills.
Williams is a Texas native and went to high school at McNeil High School where he was considered one of the top safety recruits and ended up attending the University of Texas and performed well enough to turn some heads, especially Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey of the Bills. While attending Texas, he eventually went on to start in 23 of the 26 games played. His stats stood out as he recorded a total of 65 solo tackles and 3 sacks in his three years as a Texas Longhorn. He also managed 4 interceptions, returning 1 for a touchdown. What was even more exciting was his six forced fumbles that he recorded while he attended Texas. During his time with the University, Williams was considered one of the top corner backs in the league.
As Williams began to consider the NFL, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft. Many thought he was considered and third or fourth corner back to come off the board. He was chosen by the Bills and his numbers have been pretty lackluster since then. We have to consider that he did miss quite a bit of game time in 2011 due to a chest injury that he suffered. So far, as a Bill, Williams has recorded just 14 tackles with no interceptions and no forced fumbles. Teams are targeting him and their receivers are usually left standing alone making easy catches for touchdowns.
Is it really all Williams’ fault though? The Bills decided to part ways with veteran secondary players Donte Whitner and Drayton Florence, leaving Terrence McGee to be the mentor of the young squad. McGee isn’t a star corner back by any means and is usually fighting some injury. With Nix putting all of his eggs in one basket and signing Mario Williams to a $100 million contract, and chose not to sign any other free agents to help out the young secondary, and it shows. Against the 49er’s, the Bills allowed 9.9 yards per play and gave up 63% of their third down conversions. It’s not just Williams and I think it’s unfair to blame him solely for the problems of this defense. Someone on this team needs to step up as a leader and it is not going to be the rookie and sophomore corner backs.
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