Jim Wyatt, Senior Writer/Editor, TitansOnline.com
Sylvester Williams is a big man, and he plans to throw his weight around in the middle of the Titans defensive line.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — New Titans defensive lineman Sylvester Williams is ready to do the “dirty work.”
After spending four seasons with the Broncos, the Titans signed him to be disruptive in the middle of the line. He plans to deliver.
“I think you’ve got to have a mindset that you are in there to do the dirty work and you have to be physical and hold the point of attack,’’ Williams said during a press conference on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. “You have to keep the linebackers clean and stuff up the middle.”
The 6-foot-2, 312-pound nose tackle did just that in Denver.
A first-round pick by the Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft, Williams has played in 60 games over the past four seasons, with 48 starts. He started all 16 games last season for the Broncos, when he recorded 29 tackles and a sack.
In his career, he’s tallied 94 tackles and six sacks.
Now, he’ll play under defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. The two men had lunch on Tuesday, the same day Williams signed his contract with the team.
“I remember when my agent called me, I was just thinking about the guys that they got here, and the coordinator in Dick LeBeau,’’ Williams said. “I was so excited, man, just leaving a great defense and being able to go to another great defense, it is a blessing.”
The Broncos tried to re-sign Williams to a multiyear deal. Last May, the Broncos declined to exercise his $6.757 option for the 2017 season.
Williams has started in two Super Bowls in his career, including Super Bowl 50, when he won a championship ring.
On Tuesday, he recalled playing against the Titans last December as a member of the Broncos.
The Titans won that game.
“I remember that I felt like they were building something special,’’ Williams said. “I felt like they had an opportunity to have a bright future. … They have a great offense here and a great defense. I remember playing against this offense last year and I remember how strong their run game was and they have a very good offensive line and a very good run game and the quarterback is amazing.
“I remember being in the city and how crazy the fans were and how loud they were. Having an opportunity to come here and be a part of something great, is a blessing.”