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Tramon Williams wants to show skeptics he’s more than just a nickel back

September 2, 2010 by  
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Sept 2, 2010 ~ by Robert McGinn

~Tramon Williams isn’t just the good-natured, eager-to-please, free-agent nickel back from Louisiana Tech any longer.

"This last game, we talked about it, was his worst grade-out game since I've been here," said Whitt, who joined the staff in 2008. "That's not Tramon-like, and we won't see that again."

  Now that Al Harris officially has been ruled out of the Green Bay Packers’ first six regular-season games, Williams officially is the starting right cornerback for a team confident that a Super Bowl berth awaits in February.

Never before has the modest Williams entered a season like this. He has made 12 starts in the base defense in the past three seasons, but none came earlier than Week 4.

“This is his first year going into it as a starter,” fellow cornerback Charles Woodson said. “He’s a good player. He’s going to be tested. (Expletive), gotta perform.”

The Packers will be starting one rookie, Morgan Burnett, at strong safety. Another rookie, free agent Sam Shields, is in position to be the nickel back.

With youth all around, the last thing the Packers can afford is for Williams’ level of play to be a problem. There are no guarantees Harris will be activated from the physically unable to perform list, and the organization can’t be sure how he will perform if he does reach the field.

The Packers need Williams to play like an established veteran starting Sept. 12 in Philadelphia.

“I know it,” he said. “I’m going to be that, too.”

If you were to poll 20 pro personnel people, at least half probably would say Williams is just a nickel back.    Rest of story from McGinn here

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