Tennessee Titans Position Battles: Damian Williams Has Opportunity to Impress in the Slot

By Ryan Heckman
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The Tennessee Titans may be operating the offense without second year wide receiver Kendall Wright for a while, unfortunately. Coming off of an impressive rookie season, Wright had developed some great chemistry with young quarterback Jake Locker. The team was excited about the possibilities in 2013, but they are on hold at the moment while he deals with a knee injury.

The Titans had to find a quick replacement for Wright as he will be out for a few weeks, and fourth year pro Damian Williams has stepped up to the plate and done a nice job filling in. Williams, a former USC standout, is a guy that can play either outside the hash marks or in the slot.

The 25-year old from Dallas, Texas loves playing in the slot even though some guys don’t necessarily make the big bucks doing it unless they are in a select group.

“A guy like (New York Giants receiver) Victor Cruz makes a lot of his money in the slot, and that’s because it’s a matchup problem,” Williams said according to The Tennessean. “A lot of times you get safeties and linebackers that you go up against that aren’t used to covering in space, so that’s probably the thing I like most about it.”

“But there are advantages to being outside, too. There’s more true coverage — more man-to-man coverage — when you’re outside,” he said.

The Titans take on the Atlanta Falcons in their third preseason game of the year on Saturday, and Williams has been the team’s leading wideout thus far with six receptions for 100 yards.

Tennessee could use a strong, healthy receiving core to help the development of Locker heading into his third year. Williams may have the ability to surprise some people as he gets more run than usual in the upcoming action.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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