Tank Williams: Bill Belichick’s Secret Weapon on Defense

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Published: March 23, 2009

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... recently that they re-signed safety Tank Williams. Williams was signed in the '08 offseason to come in and be a safety/linebacker hybrid.

There were reports last year that Williams was practicing with the linebackers and that linebacker coach Matt Patricia had made Williams a special project.

All that changed in August though when Williams went down with a devastating knee injury. His season was ended before it could even begin. It was a heart-breaking story for Williams, who had spent two long years trying to claw his way back from a shattered knee cap he suffered while with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

Most people probably don't see much significance in re-signing Williams. He's seen as damaged goods after missing two of the last three seasons because of knee injuries. Where some people people see an injury-prone player, I see a player who could make a difference in '09.

I'm a native Tennessean. So I've seen plenty of Williams over the years. From 2002...

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