Thursday Reads: More Williams Reax

Cincinnati Bengals head coach coach Marvin Lewis hopes that safety Roy Williams, set to finalize a contract with the Bengals today, will bolster the defense on third down.

“We gave up an unbelievable amount of third-down touchdowns last year,” Lewis said, “When you look back on our (4-11-1) season, if you could just cut those in half, what a difference you’d have.”

In the comments section of his post on the Williams signing (scroll down to “REAX” here), John Thornton breaks down Roy versus the departed SS Dexter Jackson.

Roy is a different player than Dexter. SS’s dont have to be fast. They have to be the 8th run defender. Dexter did a good job, but he was injured a lot. When he was in the box and blitzing, he had some great games. Roy is a bigger version. Like a LB that can run. Speed shouldnt be an issue in the AFC North. Who do you think is going to run away from him? This is a pretty slow division. No burners, mostly physical skill guys.

The point about Jackson always being hurt is worth emphasizing. By releasing Dexter, as well as players like Eric Henderson, Chris Perry and Levi Jones, the Bengals are demonstrating a reduced tolerance for injury. For the last two seasons, the injury report has been the bane of Cincinnati’s existence; last year, they were the most-injured team in the NFL. The Bengals still have a number of guys on the roster who perennially struggle to stay healthy, the most notable of whom is starting CB Johnathan Joseph. So I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that the team is looking at former Arizona starting CB Rod Hood.

WDR says that the addition of Williams gives the Bengals a much-needed great presence in the locker room.

WhoDeyFans loves adding a guy who loves to hit. However, I would caution against reading too much into the whole “he wants to be here” thing. I strongly suspect that Roy’s alleged desire to be in Cincy can be traced to the Bengals’ willingness to do a one-year deal which will release him into (possibly uncapped) free agency next year.

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