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Damian Williams: Why the Hate?


Now I’m not going to go on a huge rant claiming Damian Williams is the best receiver in the NFL and should be the Titans number one receiver, but I am going to say why he is a great asset to the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans started out the 2011 season with a bang, having Kenny Britt up in the top five receivers with some ridiculous yardage in the first few games and Matt Hasselbeck looking like a Godsend. When Britt went down with his season ending injury, we all felt the pain. He’s our star receiver and any team minus its’ star receiver is going to feel the loss. The Titans still finished with over 3,500 passing yards, making Hasselbeck only the second Titans quarterback to achieve such an accomplishment.

He didn’t do it alone.

Certainly, Washington stepped up, as he had his first 1,000 season. That still shouldn’t take away from what Williams did. The Titans were one of the hardest teams to stop once they got in the red-zone. That was thanks to Williams. He found ways to get open and worked the boundaries as much as a receiver can, bringing in a few that brought back memories of Kenny Britt’s game winning touchdown against the Cardinals two years ago.

Williams numbers don’t jump off the page at anyone (45 receptions, 592 yards, 5 touchdowns, 13.2 yard average) but they weren’t terrible. He’s a young receiver in a new system who certainly has room for growth, but shouldn’t be torn down because he didn’t blow people away in his one season where he’s gotten to see the field. He made big plays just as much as he made mistakes.

He’s not the first 3rd round pick who hasn’t immediately produced big numbers. Does Laurent Robinson sound familiar? He’s the Cowboys wide receiver who had 858 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. He didn’t just come out of nowhere.

Robinson was taken in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t until four years, three teams later and an injury to key receiver Miles Austin that Robinson truly emerged as the threat he is.

My point? Things take time.

Williams’ season wasn’t amazing, but it was far from subpar. He made mistakes, but he also made some big plays. To just throw away all that potential because people are impatient is moronic. Williams has displayed great hands, speed and athleticism. To give up after having less than a real, full season out of him, is ludicrous.

Stop the hate on Williams. I’m tired of it. At least wait till the end of next season…

 

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Tags: AFC South Atlanta Falcons Damian Williams Kenny Britt Laurent Robinson Matt Hasselbeck Tennessee Titans

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  • Shawn Quinn

    People can’t stand facts, but the Titans are gonna be a force to be reckoned with believe that. Haters go head and say what you want, but Locker looks to be a great pick, and get CJ back on track w a healthy Britt coming back and Washington, Williams, and whom ever we add in offseason . Watch out cause Tennessee is here !! Gooooooooo Titans !!

  • JasonPeters

    It just now clicked that this is the reason you don’t think we need another receiver in the first. You think D-will can be our number 2. It all makes so much sense now. At least I think I’m interpreting this correctly…

  • albertogonzalez

    Williams wil get better with a full offseaso. Every reciever will benefit from having Britt back as defenses will double team him.

    Also I expect Cook to be involved since the season opener.

    Again, that will open up things for recievers and specially for CJ in the running game.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @JasonPeters He COULD be our number two if needed, though Washington better fills that spot. I just see a lot of good things in this guy and think people are way too hard on him. Developing a player is still a thing….

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @albertogonzalez Yeah. Hopefully they figure out how to keep Cookie involved. He should be a big part of this offense.

  • JasonPeters

    @jstitansized Look, I love Washington after last season, but dude played hard and injured, and I don’t know how long he can keep it up. I’m just worried about our receiving corp being a tad on the fragile side. Washington played tough, though. Not questioning that.

  • 757titan

    @JasonPeters@jstitansized Washington can still be our number 2, but play in the slot. Similar to Cruz in NY. Damian Williams is sort of our catch them by surprise outside guy ala Mario Manningham. And Kenny is our Nicks. The only thing is kenny gets hurt…ALOT.

  • 757titan

    @JasonPeters @jstitansized this is chase btw haha I need to send you that bio JS

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @757titan @JasonPeters No kidding… If Kenny was healthy, he’d be our shorter version of Megatron. Kids a beast when healthy.

  • JasonPeters

    @jstitansized @757titan Absolutely. We can certainly all agree on that.