Free safety Marcus Williams is starting to settle in as a playmaking contributor for New Orleans, ranging sideline to sideline and intercepting ten passes since coming into the league as a 2nd-round draft pick.
Williams may be remembered for the “Minneapolis Miracle,” by which he failed to tackle Stefon Diggs, and the Vikings scored to win the 2018 divisional round playoff game with zero seconds left on the clock.
Still, Williams bounced back, and the young 23-year-old has loads of potential to still break into.
Marcus Williams’ production this upcoming season will benefit from the team’s addition of former Saint and Eagle safety Malcolm Jenkins. Malcolm came in on a 4-year deal worth 32 million dollars.
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Malcolm Jenkins, who’s been praised by his coaches and opponents for his intelligence and competitive fire, was one of the leading forces behind the Eagles’ Super Bowl season when they revamped their defense and beat Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII.
Malcolm Jenkins will provide the playmaking ability and play more in the box, while Williams plays deep. Jenkins will be a great mentor for Williams and fellow teammate Chauncey-Gardner Johnson.
Despite Williams being a third-year player and suffering a devastating playoff flop, Williams has been nothing short of terrific for starting all but two games in his career.
Pro-Football Reference showed how Williams recorded four interceptions last year but had 13 pass deflections to go along with it, which was more than double his previous two years (7 in 2017, 3 in 2018). Williams appears to be on the right track of progressing his play.
If Williams can get his hands on more footballs, he will have a chance to have more than his four interceptions and push to potentially lead the league in interceptions.
Looking at the brighter side of William’s competition, there was only one player his age who recorded more interceptions, and that was Minkah Fitzpatrick, who recorded five last year for the Steelers/Dolphins.