Thursday, August 9, 2012

Williams: D-front can't lose 'lane integrity' vs. RGIII

Photo: Mike Davis, Flickr 


Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams is very excited about taking the field for the first time in his new digs.

But despite Thursday night being Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's first-ever NFL game, Williams knows he must stay disciplined when the teams meet for their preseason opener.

"He is obviously a game-changer. He is somebody that can throw the ball well, and obviously he can run," Williams told the media Tuesday. "So whenever you got those two things running against you it is difficult. But we all have to be on our P’s and Q’s.

"We all have to focus in and pay attention to what is going on. Up front we have to really get after it but not lose lane integrity. It makes it a little more challenging when you have situations like that. But he is obviously going to be the heart and soul for that team."

Fortunately for Buffalo, the highly-regarded pass-rusher Williams is also very stout against the run, something defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt noted Tuesday.

"The great thing about him is, I believe that he is going to be as big of an asset, when we look back on this, versus the run as he is versus the pass," Wannstedt told the media. "Everybody would like to think, defensive ends, pass rushers, sacks. Well, the other side of the coin is you have to stop the run first. With his physical play, he uses his hands well."

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