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The Tramon Williams Piece: The Puzzle Is Now Complete

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 3: Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers looks on against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on September 3, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Packers 27-13. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Eric TurnerContributor IJune 22, 2010

There are many pieces that go into the completion of a puzzle, especially a Super Bowl puzzle. If only one piece is missing, a puzzle can never be considered complete; and having a complete puzzle is the only way to the Super Bowl.

The Packers have finally completed their puzzle.

Tramon Williams finally signed his tender last week and is now with the team in minicamp. Although there was little doubt that Williams would eventually join the team, the waiting game is never fun.

Al Harris and Charles Woodson are no doubt two of the best corners in the league. But it's no secret that grandfather time has them in his sights, and there is a need for an heir.

In steps Tramon Williams.

When Harris went down with a horrible knee injury in week 11, Williams stepped in and showed he is ready to be the future. Though this was not his first chance, it was his most productive.

In limited playing time, Williams led the secondary in passes defensed with nine, second on the team only to Johnny Jolly. He was also able to amass four interceptions in his short tenure in 2009.

Quarterbacks also had some trouble with the youngster, cumulatively posting only a 76.5 QB rating against him. While not eye-poppingly amazing, it was better than the likes of Asante Samuel, Antoine Winfield, and even Nnamdi Asomugha. Admirable to say the least.

But his biggest strength was keeping his man in front of him and not allowing the deep pass. The longest pass completed on Williams was only 35 yards (best on the team).

But outside of Williams, the Packers have little proven talent at the cornerback position, thus proving his irreplaceable worth to the Packers.

Williams could be the starting corner on most NFL teams right now, and he is the Packers nickel corner. That speaks volumes for the big three.

The biggest question mark on the Packers 2010 team is their secondary depth. Tramon Williams makes that question mark much smaller.

 

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