Lawrence Timmons Thinks Rookie Vince Williams Is Showing He Can Diversify His Game

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Vince Williams had a good showing last week in the preseason opener against the New York Giants as he recorded three total tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry during the 28 plays that he played. Veteran inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who like Williams went to college at FSU, was asked late last week to give his thoughts on the play of the Steelers sixth-round draft pick during an interview on 105.9 The X Radio.

“He was known as a in-the-box player before but he actually made a lot more plays on third down during the game, so that was real huge for him,” Timmons said. “I told him if he wanted to play here he has to establish himself as third down. Over here, you want to be an all three-down linebacker and I told him if he does that, that will separate him from the rest.”

So in Timmons\’ opinion, is Williams showing that he can diversify his game?

“He has,” said the Steelers former first-round draft pick. “This camp, I say he has a lot. He always has that down-the-hill physical presence, I want him to get more in the space – roaming type of a linebacker type of feel to separate him from the rest. Because this is a business, you want to play and you have to do necessary things like that to get on the field.”

Being as there\’s a good chance Stevenson Sylvester won\’t play Monday night against the Washington Redskins due to an ankle injury, it will be interesting to see just how quickly Williams gets into the game. Against the Giants last week, undrafted free agent Terrence Garvin and second-year man Marshall McFadden saw playing before Williams did.

Following the selection of Williams back in April, Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said he knows the young linebacker can hit, but that they have to figure if he is able to cover as well. Against the Giants, Williams allowed one catch for one yard on the one play he was targeted.

  • Jason Brant

    I love his upside.

  • dgh57

    I like his upside so much that if he ends up on the PS he could be gone!

  • Mike.H

    I think he has thicker thighs than Woriids or Woodley

  • Douglas Andrews

    I agree I don’t think he’s a player we could try and sneak over to the practice squad. Hoping he can be a really good ST player this year.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    So in Timmons’ opinion, is Williams showing that he can diversify his game?

    “He has,” said the Steelers former first-round draft pick. “This camp, I say he has a lot.”

    Love to hear this (especially from Timmons).

  • Brendon Glad

    The Steelers have a gift of finding young LB’s with minimal investment from literally before I was born. Other than Huey Richardson or Vince Davis, very rarely has a 3rd round pick or ^ been an obvious flop. And more often it’s guys like Harrison….and countless others, who are low-risk/no-risk investments, and turn out to be high-quality players. Hopefully Vince Williams can be one of those.
    Steelers history suggests that he deserves plenty of optimism among us as he begins his career.

  • sean mcmartin

    When the Best LB on the team has this to say about Williams. The Patsies or Cards will be first in line when the PS list is announced.