Sep 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) tries to block Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Ravens 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Saints Not Happy About Showdown With Mario Williams

The New Orleans Saints face a tough task on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills thanks to injuries, but also because they have to deal with one of the NFL’s best defensive players in Mario Williams.

Saints players have been asked about Williams all week. Here are some of the greatest blurbs from Saints players about the elite defensive end via ESPN’s Mike Triplett:


Zach Strief: “Obviously he’s highly talented, and I think they’re putting him in good positions out there to rush the passer. And he’s responded. I think he’s a better rusher from their left, and he’s been more productive there. And obviously there’s a lot of things you can do games-wise, movement, to get a guy in a good matchup, to keep him away from double teams. They’ve done a good job with that. And at the end of the day, he’s beat a lot of blockers.


Drew Brees: “Yes (this is the best he’s looked). We played against him a lot, practiced against him a lot when he was with the Texans at those training camps and we played against him, that type of thing. He’s always been a physical presence, but over time you just develop certain skills and techniques and master certain things. And I definitely think he’s gotten better as the years have gone on. He’s always had that big physical presence, but he has the tools to go along with it and you see the results.”


Jahri Evans: “Oh, man, he’s one of those guys like (Julius) Peppers, man. He’s a freak of nature. Just one of those guys who can really dominate up front and do a lot of things well. And I think it’s showing in their play this year. He’s just a great competitor.”

The Saints are in for a battle Sunday, but at least it sounds like they what they are getting themselves into. Keep an eye on No. 94 all day long.


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