Trent Williams Can Really Run

Posted by Matt Terl on November 20, 2010 – 12:10 pm

As the team prepare to bus off to the airport to head to Nashville, I want to look back at one last play from Monday night’s debacle, and one more minor positive takeaway. And please keep in mind that when I say minor, I mean, like, a very, very, VERY SMALL positive takeaway.

The picture above is from the last Eagles touchdown of the game, a 40 yard Dimitri Patterson return of a Donovan McNabb interception to finalize Philadelphia’s 59 point night. And, you’ll notice, even though this comes with the team already trailing by 31 BEFORE this touchdown and the game well on its way to ending (5:19 left in the third quarter, to be specific), that’s rookie left tackle Trent Williams desperately trying to fight off a block to prevent the touchdown.

Which means that the young offensive lineman has successfully kept up with a cornerback streaking down the field, and almost succeeded in catching him. We’ve heard a lot about Williams’ freakish athleticism, but this was possibly the most explicit on-field display of it in some time. (You can also watch the video of the play after the jump.)

Williams, of course, downplayed this. “It was just playing football,” he told me, shrugging. “They got the ball. Now I got to play defense.”

But his teammates took notice of the effort. Read more »

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