Tonight, rookie Avery Williamson will make his NFL preseason debut for the Tennessee Titans. The game kicks off at 8:00 PM ET, as the Titans take on the Green Bay Packers. Avery should get significant playing time at some point in the preseason, as he’s competing for a spot on the final 53 man roster. Being a 5th round pick, he’s signed to a multi-year deal worth $2.4 million, so Avery should be safe. The Titans play a 3-4 defense, meaning they will keep a decent amount of inside linebackers for their rotation anyway.
Williamson is currently listed as their 6th string ILB, behind starters Wesley Woodyard and Zach Brown. Woodyard was very impressed with the way Avery has played throughout training camp. It would be nice to see both of them playing together at some point during the season. If you remember, watching Woodyard and Trevathan in Denver was fun. Now, Woodyard and Williamson may get to pair up in Nashville in the near future. It”ll be something interesting to watch during the next few weeks. Hopefully Avery can work his way up the Titans’ depth chart.
Williamson comes to Tennessee as the most productive defensive member of the Kentucky Wildcats. The Titans were able to steal him late in the draft. Williamson is a natural run-stopper with impressive strength at the point of attack, and some unexpected athletic ability. While not speedy and fluid enough to be effective in coverage long term, he should be a perfect fit on the inside of Horton’s 3-4, with athletic backers around him to help in that regard. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him earn some playing time later in the season. – Music City Miracles