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    I dont see how we can let grant williams play on friday night. he is now a key guy for us this year and while i applaud his willingness to play with pain to help the offense find its rhythm and protect bulger, now is NOT the time to be a hero. We need him at full strength for opening week and i dont see how we can afford to take the risk that he aggrevates the ankle. I read he is in a walking boot when he is not actually on the field. During the season is one thing, but this is preseason. Seems too risky to me.

    any thoughts.

    general counsel

  • #2
    Re: Grant Williams needs to rest....

    I agree, but unless Pace plays, then we're going to be stretched pretty thin.

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      Re: Grant Williams needs to rest....

      I hear you nick. Its a reasonable point. However, i would rather have tercero and randall at tackle than take the risk of losing grant williams for any part of the regular season. Having seen the photo of him on the sideline, i believe that Big Jackie is still capable of getting in there for a series or two if absolutely necessary. If nothing else, he can get his stomach in the way of the defensive end and use his patented holding technique to keep the rush away from bulger.

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        Re: Grant Williams needs to rest....

        Rest as long as it is relatively safe for Bulger to be in there.

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        • #5
          Re: Grant Williams needs to rest....

          I wouldn't think Bulger is going to play more than a quarter on Friday even if Williams sits; he already banged his knee on Monday.

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            Re: Grant Williams needs to rest....

            I think he'll play the first half. Had he looked sharp against Kansas City, he could afford to sit out early. But he needs the work.

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              Stating the Obvious, Grant Williams is a Menace!
              by Guest
              You had to know it was only a matter of time before grant williams got bulger injured. We may have dodged a bullet if indeed the reports of the injury being only a bruise are accurate, but this was bound to happen. Its a miracle that bulger has not been killed by now.

              Williams is repeatedly beat every way imaginable. Speed rush, bull rush, Glendonn Rush, it doesnt seem to matter. As i have said for weeks, he is probably the best #3 tackle in the nfl, but with the deep patterns our offense runs, he is completely unworkable.

              The irony of course is that the play that got bulger hurt was by no means the hardest or most awkward hit he has taken. Its simply the law of averages. The more likely you get hit and slammed to the turf with a 300 plus pound guy falling on you, the more likely you are to get hurt.

              I thought the line protected very well today. The pressure came 99% over williams and sapamamliamula. Unfortunately, with tercero out for the year and sapamamliamula learing the position, williams is really the best option we have, which is a sorry situation and does not bode well for the continued health of our qb's whoever is in the game.

              I hate to beat a dead horse, but the turley injury just devasted this team from both a personnel and cap perspective. It has totally changed our offense.

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel
              -12-05-2004, 02:43 PM
            • AvengerRam_old
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              -11-07-2004, 06:12 PM
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              Anyone else a little concerned about grant williams
              by Guest
              Grant Williams gutted it out today and really rallied at the end, but he was dominated for much of the game. Same thing that happened in the new orleanes game with charles grant and the atlanta game. I think we need to give him a little more help. I am not saying williams is bad, i think he is adequate, but he needs to be better one on one when we run our deep patterns.

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel
              -10-10-2004, 07:10 PM
            • RamWraith
              A homecoming brews for Williams
              by RamWraith
              By Jim Thomas
              Of the Post-Dispatch
              10/06/2004


              It was Seattle that gave Grant Williams his first cup of coffee in the NFL - and his first cup of Starbucks.

              "That's fairly addictive," Williams said, speaking of the coffee brand, not the Seahawks. "That is where I got hooked on it. It tastes a little better there."

              This season, Williams is getting a taste of what it's like to be a full-time starter for the first time in his nine NFL seasons. The closest he had come previously was the 1999 season in Seattle, when he took over in Week 2 and started 15 times for coach Mike Holmgren's first Seahawks squad.

              Because of Kyle Turley's season-ending back injury, Williams has been the starter at right tackle from Game 1 for St. Louis. This far along in his career, it's obviously a pleasant development. In his two previous seasons with the Rams, Williams had only three starts - all in 2002 at left tackle when Orlando Pace was sidelined with a calf injury.

              "It has been fun to be out there," Williams said. "It's nice to be more sore on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It has been rewarding, but at the same time, I'm a team guy and if you can't win the games, it's all for naught anyway. We're 2-0 in the division and going into a big game. This is a week that means a lot."

              Williams spent his first four seasons with Seattle, after signing with the club as an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech in 1996. The Seahawks liked his size (6-7, 300 pounds), and thought he had some potential. But when he became eligible for free agency following the '99 season, retaining him wasn't a high priority for the Seahawks.

              "It was a great group of guys," Williams said. "Good character. It seemed like we were always around .500. And then the first year when Holmgren got there, we won the division and made the playoffs. Which was a huge deal for Seattle - it was the first time they'd done that in forever. So it was a good time."

              Williams signed a two-year, $1.9 million contract with New England following the 1999 season. He spent two seasons with the Patriots, earning a Super Bowl ring for their victory over the Rams, then was traded to St. Louis in August 2002.

              Williams missed the Rams' 2002 game in Seattle because of an ankle and leg injury. He played only on special teams there last season in a 24-23 Rams loss. So Sunday's game marks Williams' first game in Seattle as a starter since that '99 season.

              "It was a good four years there," Williams said. "A couple of 'O-linemen' are still there. A couple guys on defense are still there. I still know a lot of the upstairs guys. So it does mean a lot."

              It will mean a lot more for the Rams if Williams can keep Seattle defensive end Chike Okeafor away from Marc Bulger and the Rams'...
              -10-07-2004, 06:44 AM
            • RamWraith
              Why not??
              by RamWraith
              Move Williams over the left side and move Pace to the right. Williams has proved over and over he can handle the left side and plays much better.
              -11-14-2004, 05:52 PM
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