Aug 20, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (25) intercepts a pass intended for Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15). Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
WINNER: CORNERBACK P.J WILLIAMS
The Defensive MVP of the 2014 BCS National Championship Game for the Florida State Seminoles did not see the field last year, missing the entire season due to injury.
However, Williams has suddenly emerged as the odds-on favorite to become the brand new number two cornerback for the Saints — following the release this past Friday of veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis.
Just a day removed from the New Orleans native and now 8thyear veteran Lewis being released by the team, Williams immediately made an impact; while turning in the best performance of his very young NFL career.
His stat line included two tackles, a pass breakup on 3rd down, and a great endzone interception.
Though Williams also allowed a touchdown pass on a 1st and 20 play early in the game to Houston WR Will Fuller , the interception shows the mental toughness of the young player.
That’s something that every member of the defensive coachig staff is happy to see, and something that no doubt Sean Payton wanted to see, after the release of Keenan Lewis.
So far, Williams has rewarded their faith.
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