Williams was a limited participant at practice Tuesday due to the recent ankle surgery that he underwent, Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.com reports It doesn't appear that Williams will be hampered too much from the setback. The Titans expect him to be a full go in the coming days.
Williams is signing a three-year deal with the Titans, ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky reports. A 2013 first-round selection, Williams never quite lived up to expectations in Denver, recording 94 tackles and six sacks in 60 regular-season games (48 starts). Those are underwhelming numbers even for a nose tackle, but Williams will at least provide the Titans with a sorely-needed big body in the middle of their defense. Tennessee was believed to be in the mix for standout nose tackle Brandon Williams, who ultimately re-signed with the Ravens.
The Broncos have decided not to exercise Williams' fifth-year option, the Denver Post reports. The move isn't a total surprise given the cap gymnastics general manager John Elway will have to go through in the coming years to keep more prominent players in Denver. Williams contributed three sacks to the Broncos' 2015 pass rush as he put together his best season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and line coach Bill Kollar. If he takes another step, Williams could still see a payday in 2017. If not, 2015 sixth-rounder Darius Kilgo and reclamation project Phil Taylor could emerge.
The starting nose tackle position is open for the Broncos. But Sylvester Williams has apparently taken the lead in that battle. Williams knows the territory. He started 13 of 16 games a year ago. He finished with 17 tackles and four assists. "It's exciting because going into the offseason for the first time I'm pretty much a sure starter," he told 9News. "My coaches have shown a lot of confidence in me and given me the opportunities that I need, so it's up to me to take advantage of those opportunities." Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips certainly isn't complaining. "I think 'Sly' has done an exceptional job," he said. "I feel real good about him. ... I think he's really taken over the nose guard position."
Broncos third-year defensive lineman Sylvester Williams has much to prove heading into the 2015 season. He must show he can play nose tackle and that he can fill the void left by the departure of Terrance Knighton. Williams has been working toward accomplishing those goals. He stayed in the area during the offseason to better his game and remain in peak shape. He has emphasized diet and shedding body fat as well as film study in an attempt to learn of areas in his game that require improvement. "I already went into this offseason with a lot of motivation from within," he told the Denver Post. "I put a lot on myself to get stronger this year and come back with a better year." Williams started 13 games last year and contributed to 21 tackles.
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