IRVING, TX - MAY 01: Linebacker Stephen Hodge #55 and Brandon Williams #59 of the Dallas Cowboys during rookie mini camp on May 1, 2009 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
A year after being drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round, linebacker Brandon Williams is attempting to build a reputation as a pass rusher. This is a project that should have began in 2009--but Williams’s rookie season ended before it could really begin, as he suffered a torn ACL prior to the season.
At any rate, after a highly productive and somewhat head-turning off-season, the Cowboys are high on the Texas Tech product as a viable back-up to starters DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer on the outside. And though he remains a relative unknown, many on the team believe he is ready to contribute.
Keith Brooking recently discussed Williams' development, and what it could mean for the Cowboys, in the Dallas Morning News.
"Saw signs of his flash last year, but unfortunately he had his knee injury and his season was cut short," Brooking said. "You saw him in OTA's and he was hesitant in his play which is natural when you come back from knee injury; you saw him progress and toward the end of mini-camp he was really playing well then you get out here in pads you are really eager to see what he was going to bring to the table and I think he has shown us immediately he can help out defense.
"That is key for Ware and Spencer those guys you don't realize what it takes to rush a passer every play--those guys take more snaps than any defensive end, essentially they are defensive ends. Giving those guys a breather you don't want them off the field, but I think 4th quarter, pass rusher is key close games having them fresh is important our depth is very important there."
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