Cincinnati Bengals: It’s Shawn Williams Time to Shine


Free agency definitely got off to a wild start in the National Football League, even with the Cincinnati Bengals we immediately saw some changes within the organization.

After Marvin Jones departed for the Detroit Lions early Wednesday morning, the Bengals were able to sign back safety George Iloka, a player who is quickly becoming one of the best at his position in the league. Also to keep the Bengals secondary strong, cornerback Adam Jones agreed to return to the Bengals with the plan to “win a ring.” 

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But with keeping those players in Cincinnati, Reggie Nelson became the guy who the team is moving on from. Where will the Bengals look to from there? None other than Shawn Williams; and Williams is ready for the opportunity.

Shawn Williams has stood out when his number has been called for the Bengals. Whether it be on special teams or filling in for Nelson and Illoka, Williams has always came to play and has certainly earned the opportunity he is about to walk into.

Whether it’s getting a huge interception against Ben Roethlisberger to seal a victory in Pittsburgh, blowing up a returner on special teams, or making sure that offensive players shouldn’t hope Williams is in the way, we have seen flashes of a guy who can be a top safety in the NFL.

With keeping Adam Jones and George Illoka, Williams looks to slide into an established secondary along with players like Dre Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard and the very young Derron Smith and Josh Shaw trying to get their name into the rotation for the 2016 season.

This secondary is still in really good shape even with the losses of Reggie Nelson and more than likely Leon Hall. Shawn Williams will stand out for this team in 2016 and beyond.