Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams awarded defensive back Darious Williams from waivers of the Baltimore Ravens. Williams was released last week when Jimmy Smith returned from his four-game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Williams who went undrafted of the 2018 NFL Draft was signed by the Ravens quickly after the draft. Williams who played collegiately at UAB is small in stature but a physical back. He was named a First Team All-Conference USA his junior season. He was tied for second in interceptions with five, 50 tackles (four for losses), and led the conference with 15 pass deflections.
Before Williams senior season, UAB lost their football program for two seasons but later reinstated. However, despite Williams receiving offers from D-1 programs, he declined and chose to stick with UAB. It turned out to be a wise move for him as he later was named as a Pro Football Focus First Team All-American.
Williams is a small defensive back but very physical, and never shy from away from the action. An excellent pressing corner that mixes it up with receivers and stays within his coverage assignments. He has excellent hands, and interceptions attempts usually are secured when he grabs them. He fits well in Wade Phillips scheme as he can play man, zone coverage, and press corner. Pro Football Focus statistics showed he had the 10th lowest passing rating when targeted at 34%. He was the second highest rated in coverage at 93.4% in all of FBS cornerbacks.
Williams has played in three games this season before being released while playing on special teams since the opening week. The scrappy defensive back will help on special teams and possibly will see some action this week if active. Rams travel this week to play the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, as they look to remain perfect on Sunday.