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Brandon Williams Catching On

Jun 17 2014 04:44 PM Jeremy Igo Carolina Panthers
Last season, Brandon Williams entered training camp as a long shot. Williams was signed to the Panthers roster in April of 2013 after having been out for football for two years. In 2011 he was diagnosed as having a narrow spinal canal and bulging disk that prevented him from continuing at Oregon. Instead, Brandon played basketball for a small bible college.

What a difference a year makes.

This year in offseason workouts Williams, or "Swole" as his teammates call him, is spending a good amount of time with the starting offensive unit. This is a big leap from last season when he mainly spent time with the third string units. It appears one of David Gettleman's gambles could be paying off again.

I caught up with Brandon after practice to get his thoughts on his progress.

"I feel a lot more relaxed. Having that year of experience under my belt, everything is starting to slow down for me. I also know the play book a lot better. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I am going to do what I can to get comfortable doing it."

Williams understands that the more versatile he can make himself, the more likely he will be again earning a roster post this season. This means not only performing on offense, but special teams as well.

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After practice, Williams spend a long while with Special Teams Coordinator Richard Rogers. They were going over his stance and tweaking the things Williams needs to do in order to excel.

Not many players stay after practice to put in extra work, and even fewer stay to practice special teams. But Brandon seems determined to do whatever is necessary to succeed as a Panther.

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Hoping for a big preseason for this kid

Swole is a good nickname.  This is the kind of kid that is easy for a fan to root for.

Been waiting to hear good news about him. I will keep hope'n for a strong showing from him through training camp and beyond.


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From our returning players I'm most excited to watch him and Bersin in the preseason.

Still remember the last kickoff after the Olsen TD in Miami, BWilly was the first one down the field. Impressive for a guy that size.
It'll be nice to see if he can contribute this year, I'm hopeful

maybe my FF team name can be Thighs for Dinna for the second year in a row

Wouldn't mind him being our #2 TE instead of Ed.  The guy's ceiling is as high as it gets.

He seems to be a guy the staff really likes and it seems like they're doing everything they can to give him as much opportunity as possible to earn a spot.  Sounds like they're doing a lot to work him in at TE as well as utilizing him in the backfield and working him on STs.  If you're not a starter, then you greatly improve your chances of sticking if you're versatile. 

Swole is a good nickname.  This is the kind of kid that is easy for a fan to root for.

 

i prefer greek adonis

Every year there is a guy that we hope breaks out and is a real contributor.. 

 

I'll say this year I'm a little more positive about it.

Man, if/when this guy puts it all together 😳 watch out. Fast as hell, built like Hercules, and from what it sounds like has all the intangibles to be great. Could be a huge steal


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Every year there is a guy that we hope breaks out and is a real contributor.. 

 

I'll say this year I'm a little more positive about it.

 

Yep, and that guy always seems to be a pass catcher.  From David Gettis to Gary Barnidge to Armanti Edwards to now Brandon Williams.  Hopefully B. Williams can finally be the guy who actually DOES break out.

I really think Cam's stable of weapons is going to be impressive. Williams has huge potential and I think we will see good things from him. The more the media talks about how crappy our receivers are, the better they will respond. They aren't flashy, but I would much rather have substance over style.


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I rewatched a game here a while back and B-Will stood out to me with his blocking.  He took a couple of snaps, solely blocking, but he actually did a damn good job.  I was under the impression that blocking was his weak point last offseason... so maybe he really came on throughout the season during practices, but the coaches just didn't want to put him out there yet being unproven and all, and the fact we were winning a lot of games.

i prefer greek adonis

yea but we dont get to make up their nicknames

Boys....just imagine if he DOES pan out and is a hell of a pass catcher with bodies on him. Think about our redzone personnel.


Brandon Williams, Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen, Tolbert, Stew.


Tell me we're not scoring. I dare you.

I really think Cam's stable of weapons is going to be impressive. Williams has huge potential and I think we will see good things from him. The more the media talks about how crappy our receivers are, the better they will respond. They aren't flashy, but I would much rather have substance over style.


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I see you have met the wife. lol

If BWill can help, it just makes us better. You almost have to root for the kid. Stories like his are what make the game so compelling. Great to see him put in the work, and getting the help he needs to do it right. Man, I love the direction this team is headed.
I have been hyped for this guy day one. Dg said he's gonna get opportunities. Make the most of them bud
I also want to say. Man we have some coaches on this team. And I can live with that.

I'm really interested to see how he does at inline blocking in the preseason.  I think that's the best way for him to set himself apart from the pack and earn some meaningful snaps.

That is one big mofo...

I see Stewart running behind Williams blocking at TE, a pulling Turner and Tolbert out of the backfield... Oh man.

I'm really interested to see how he does at inline blocking in the preseason.  I think that's the best way for him to set himself apart from the pack and earn some meaningful snaps.


That is one thing you can take to the bank with this team. If you are going to see the field, you had better be able to block.

Unless you are Olsen. Then you just have to get in the way. But he does make up for it in other ways. Mostly, being Cam's security blanket.

That is one thing you can take to the bank with this team. If you are going to see the field, you had better be able to block.

Unless you are Olsen. Then you just have to get in the way. But he does make up for it in other ways. Mostly, being Cam's security blanket.

 

Agreed.  I think Olsen being almost exclusively a pass catcher makes it that much more important that the #2 can dominate in the run game.  Honestly, I would put run blocking ahead of pass blocked for the #2.  If B Williams can become a solid blocker then he could end up being a dual threat guy that can be groomed to take over the #1 spot in the future.

Agreed.  I think Olsen being almost exclusively a pass catcher makes it that much more important that the #2 can dominate in the run game.  Honestly, I would put run blocking ahead of pass blocked for the #2.  If B Williams can become a solid blocker then he could end up being a dual threat guy that can be groomed to take over the #1 spot in the future.


Yupperz. That is why Harstock got most of the snaps last year. His blocking. He sure didn't catch many passes. So if BWill can get the blocking down, he may get plenty of opportunities to catch the ball.

Then again, the more he does offensively. The less he may do on Special Teams. Or not. Rivera loves him some Special Teams. Hellz, I don't know. Either way, I am pulling for the guy.

Boys....just imagine if he DOES pan out and is a hell of a pass catcher with bodies on him. Think about our redzone personnel.


Brandon Williams, Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen, Tolbert, Stew.


Tell me we're not scoring. I dare you.


You forgot the world's greatest goal line back: Cam.