Leon Williams

Leon Williams Update

MAKING A CASE: Rookie linebacker Leon Williams caught the attention of Crennel with his play against the Ravens last Sunday. Williams, starting in place of the injured D’Qwell Jackson, had a team-high 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Jackson and Andra Davis would appear to be locks to start on the inside next season. Williams, who’s the fastest linebacker on the roster, could project to the outside to eventually replace Willie McGinest. ‘‘If they want me to play outside, I’ll play outside,’’ Williams said. ‘‘It doesn’t matter, as long as we win.’’


Leon Williams Update

ON WILLIAMS Crennel on linebacker Leon Williams’ first NFL start: “He made plays and didn’t have mental errors. He played pretty well.”


Jackson out, Williams in

BEREA — The Browns are pleased with the progress of one rookie inside linebacker and get the chance to analyze a second one starting this week.
Second-round pick D’Qwell Jackson earned raves for his play in the first 13 games but decided to have surgery Thursday to repair a turf toe suffered Dec. 7 versus Pittsburgh. He will likely go on injured reserve next week and miss the remainder of the season.

“I thought he did a really good job to come in and start right away for us,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “He was able to hold his own.
“At times he struggled with some of the bigger (offensive linemen), but his instincts allowed him to get around some blocks, come in the back sides of blocks. He was productive as far as making tackles and was good in pass coverage.”

Jackson’s injury allows the Browns to take a three-game look at fourth-round pick Leon Williams out of the University of Miami. Williams has played in every game this year but has been limited to special teams and certain defensive packages. He has three tackles and a pass breakup.

“He’s got some size, got some speed,” Crennel said. “The thing lacking now is experience.

“We have to see how that goes in the game. He’s been in meetings and gotten practice time. I think he’ll be representative.”

Leon Williams Gets His First Start

Rookie Leon Williams will get his first start at inside linebacker in the regular defense. Williams will line up on the strong side, with Andra Davis moving to the weak side.

"It's an opportunity," Williams said. "I love being out there playing football."
Williams has played sparingly since he was used to "spy" Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons. He had a solid game in the Browns' win, and now faces the back - Jamal Lewis - who set an all-time NFL record against the Browns.

"That was a few years ago," Williams said. "It's a different team this year. The past doesn't matter."

Williams brings a little more size than Jackson to the position. He's 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Jackson is 6-foot and 228.

Leon Williams Likely To Start

With D'Qwell Jackson listed as doubtful for Week 15, Browns rookie Leon Williams is expected to start at inside linebacker against Baltimore. We've not heard much from former Miami Hurricane this season, as he's been excelling almost strictly on special teams. Williams could be a good source of tackles and may hold up better at the point of attack because he is considerably bigger than the man he is set to spell.


Leon Williams Update

Linebacker Leon Williams was carted off the field in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Williams also said that X-rays were negative.


Leon Williams Update

SPECIAL PRAISE: Cribbs isn't the only special teamer performing well. Overall, those units "have done a nice job," Crennel said. "Some of the young guys who have to play are beginning to step up and know the game. For instance, Leon Williams has kind of been going along, but last week, he showed signs of where he needs to fit and what he needs to do to be able to play special teams in the NFL. That's a sign of improvement for the team as we go forward. He's not the only one, though. There are other guys who have stepped in. They are learning each week."