Copious Thoughts from the Dark Corners of Cards Camp: Dan Williams
The Arizona Cardinals are excited about their nose tackle. Dan Williams was a disappointment for much of last season because he played at 350 pounds and had a bottom as wide as the sea. It was difficult for Dumpster Dan to move and get off blocks and he would fatigue quickly. Although he played well before destroying his elbow and was starting to be the force in the middle the Cards needed, most experts believed big Dan was going to have to play anywhere from 328 to 330 pounds if he was going to be effective.
Dan Williams reported to camp weighing 314 pounds and if his conditioning test is any indicator of the kind of season he might have, defensive coordinator Ray Horton can expect greatness.
The Cardinals run a true 34-Defense and the key to the 34's rush defense is to have a run-stuffer over the center. This is why the Cards drafted him out of Tennessee. He has all the tools you look for when you describe a nose tackle: nasty, stout, strong, with the moon stuffed into his pants.
Big Dan is almost too light for me! I'd like to see him play around 325, but his lateral mobility and new-found conditioning will allow him to play at a much higher level than he did last year. The Cardinals were right in the middle of the pack last year, allowing 4.18 yards/carry on the ground. Based on what I saw today, this team could easily be in the top third of the league in that statistic this season.
Great Job, Dan Williams!