Williams, after missing all of last season, was quielty making his “rookie” on-field debut this year in front of the hype machine that is Joe Burrow.
Williams especially stood out on one play that has since gone viral on social media. He dropped back to pass protect, handled his assignment, then kicked off quickly to the left to disrupt a free rusher who would’ve careened into Burrow:
Left tackle might just be fixed. https://t.co/qqIPksZfcO
— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 18, 2020
One analyst put it best:
Jonah Williams has had 2 pretty solid games for his first NFL action.
Rest of the line needs work, but Bengals can at least be encouraged their LT looks legit.
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) September 18, 2020
Williams wasn’t perfect, but that standout play and a solid outing while Burrow made history attempting 61 passes is hard to complain about.
It’s early, but against two massive tests, Williams looked the part.