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Healthy and lighter, Jesse Williams hopes to make an impact

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on June 30, 2014 at 1:05 am with 31 Comments »
June 30, 2014 1:57 am
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams lost weight in an attempt to help alleviate knee problems. / AP photo
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams lost weight in an attempt to help alleviate knee problems. / AP photo

Climbing up Jesse Williams’ right calf is his most recent tattoo.

He’s a large man — 6-foot-3 and about 312 pounds after losing about 20 — largely covered by tattoos.

This six-week-old tattoo is of a letter his grandmother sent him, saying how proud she was of her Australian-born grandson.

The defensive tackle had his own point of pride this summer after going through rookie minicamp, OTAs and minicamp without pain in his knees. He tried to tough it out last year after being drafted in the fifth round out of Alabama, but his knees wouldn’t hold up. He was shut down, placed on injured reserve and went back to Australia to rehabilitate.

“Feeling really good to get back out there,” Williams said at the end of minicamp.

He came back in Week 16 of last year to continue his rehab in Seattle. He went to meetings and easily learned the playbook.

“It’s a lot simpler than playing at Alabama was,” Williams said.

Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery right after the 2012 national title game. He went to the combine shortly after, then into camp with the other Seahawks rookies. His knee didn’t get much of a break.

To fix it, Williams received Orthokine injections, which help with joint pain, lost some weight and took time to rest. His knees were in such bad shape before, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wondered what Williams’ future was.

“I thought that maybe Jesse was done,” Carroll said. “We didn’t know coming out of the last season. He had a tremendous offseason. His rehab work was great. He worked every day. He’s ready to get in the middle of it. To bring that guy back to us at full speed could be really a great addition. He’s one of those guys that comes to us – and Jordan Hill too – that didn’t play for us last year, and Benson Mayowa who didn’t play at all to speak of – those guys come back and with their red shirt year behind them, they really add to the roster and the competitiveness of the whole thing.”

Williams says this is the best he’s felt since before arriving at Alabama. He’ll be battling with Hill for backup snaps in the middle since the Seahawks acquired Kevin Williams and have mainstay Brandon Mebane at the tackle spots.

This year, at least, Williams has a shot.

“Sort of a welcome back party for my legs,” Williams said.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    They may as well reserve a place in Canton for him now.

    Before it’s all said & done the name Wilson on a football will mean more than the company name that makes it.

  2. Hammajamma says:

    Orthokine is an experimental medical procedure in which a patient’s own blood is extracted, manipulated, and then reintroduced to the body as an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce chronic pain and osteoarthritis. Known in the United States as Regenokine,the process removes about 2 US fluid ounces (59 ml) of blood from a patient’s arm, which is then incubated at a slightly raised temperature. The liquid is then placed in a centrifuge until its constituent parts are separated. The middle yellowish layer is dense with agents that are believed to stop an arthritic agent known as interleukin-1, which causes degeneration of the joints and the breakdown of cartilage. That serum is injected into the patient’s affected area. The procedure reduces pain and discomfort in the joint. The treatment generally lasts five days, with six shots of the serum into the affected area. It is normal for a patient to receive annual injections to ease the joint discomfort. From Wikipedia.

  3. chuck_easton says:

    That is also the treatment that Rice went to Switzerland to receive prior to last season.

    He swore by it and claimed his knee felt the best it had in years. Then he blew out the ACL.

  4. Macabrevity says:

    I didn’t know it was sore knees. At his age and weight and occupation, I’m not going to hold my breath on him developing into what I was hoping for (based mind you solely on staggering bench press numbers.)

    Jordan Hill looks the part though, as does Scruggsy. I’m feeling pretty good about our D-line, and we look stacked at potential future Leo, with Jeffcoat, Mayowa, etc. waiting to prove themselves.

  5. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk,, It’d be 5 Seahawks in the top 20 next year, if Percy Harvin could have stayed healthy. I believe that he will this year and make a huge impact. Next year, Bobby Wagner will be in the top 50 as well. :)

  6. chuck_easton says:

    NFLN is hinting at three Seahawks being in this week’s group of 20-11.

    The quick picture flashes showed Sherman, Lynch, and Wilson.

    It’s likely that this will be it for Seattle. No players in the top 10 and a total of 4 with the three somewhere in the teens.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What about Thomas?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    “… He’ll be battling with Hill for backup snaps in the middle since the Seahawks acquired Kevin Williams and have mainstay Brandon Mebane at the tackle spots.”

    I presume this means J. Williams will be “battling” for snaps with K. Williams at 3-tech and Hill with ‘Bane at the nose. I don’t think you meant to imply that they’ll be necessarily fighting with each other.

  9. Southendzone says:

    Hey what happened to STTBM? He had a cryptic message last week that he was bout to receive some potentially bad job related news, then gone since then..

    Any of you Montana contributors know what happened to him?

  10. jawpeace says:

    Southendzone I was wondering the same thing about Sttbm.

  11. doubledink says:

    south, Jaw,
    in a previous thread montanmike2 gave a brief rundown on his situation.

  12. freedom_X says:

    I thought Seattle had been thinking of Jesse Williams as a Red Bryant replacement (5-technique type.) I always thought of Hill as a 3-T type.

    Remember about this type last year Jesse Williams was being thought of as a huge steal for Seattle. This was the draftnik view.

    Once again, we find out why certain guys fall in the draft. Yes, sometimes the pros do know something the draftniks don’t.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    I’m sure he’ll appreciate that you guys were concerned about him during his mending time. I spoke with Slave recently, give him a little time and he’ll be back.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    I thought Seattle had been thinking of Jesse Williams as a Red Bryant replacement (5-technique type.) I always thought of Hill as a 3-T type.

    That’s exactly what i thought too.

  15. Southendzone says:

    Ok, i was unable to find the other reference to whats up with STT.

    Will just wait to hear from him when he pops up again.

    Til then, looks like Jesse is a bit of a long shot to make roster

  16. CDHawkFan says:

    I’m confused, I thought Pete questioned Williams health (knee) about a month ago saying he wasn’t sure he would be able to play football again. Since then I have seen 2 articles saying how good his knee is.

    Are the reporters not in touch and Jessie will be cut after a few weeks of camp, or should Pete have been quoted in the past tense, that he ‘thought Jessie wouldn’t come back, BUT’.

  17. wazzulander says:

    Speaking of posters going MIA, what happened to bbnate? I remember he used to get into with some idiot in the M’s forum too, maybe he got banned or something.

  18. sluggo42 says:

    It’s off season… Not much to post about…

  19. Ewalters7354 says:

    Jesse Williams can say whatever he wants about his knee.I have to see it first.Until then,I just see another Marcus Tubbs.

  20. I have no trust in Hill, Williams or Mayowa and very little in Scruggs.

    Thats not too say I don’t like them and want them to do well, but I am uncomfortable trusting our defensive future to such unproven players. Thats why the Kevin Williams signing is so important – a proven guy we can count on to produce.

  21. montanamike2 says:

    I’m on the fences about Williams knee too. This was definitely a swing for the fences pick, if the knee holds up he could be a steal. If not he’s a cut waiting to happen.

  22. Ray_Maines says:

    In this salary cap era you have to trust in – or at least hope for – guys like YOLO and Scruggs. If the cheap rookies work out you can win superbowls, otherwise you go 8-8 for years on end and die a slow painful death. See: Cowboys, NFL

  23. BBBeastMode says:

    wazzulander, I did get banned for that nonsense on the M’s blog. I have used a couple of new handles since then, but they stop working after awhile. Not sure why? Maybe someone keeps flagging me when I come back? I haven’t said anything on the M’s blog or here since getting banned that warranted being banned again. I haven’t said anything like that here in a long time. Anyways, this will be me if it continues to work.

  24. Ewalters7354 says:

    Damn bbbeastmode that’s f’d up.You never in my eyes,did anything that should get you banned.

    But answer me this,are one of your handles Yakinta?

  25. Southendzone says:

    Dang that’s a pretty spirited M’s blog you are referring to. I guess it’s good to know there’s still enough passion about the Mariners to get a person banned.

    I imagine the conversation being like this for the last 10 years
    “We suck”

    Then this year
    “Hey, do we still suck?” … “Yeah, maybe, wait a month let’s see”

  26. Dukeshire says:

    I’m interested why some would think Williams would be a 5 tech? He’s not nearly long enough for what Carroll wants out of his DEs but he was plugged into the 3 in camp last year.

  27. wazzulander says:

    Too bad about the banning BBBeastmode, hopefully this handle will last for you. It definitely looked like that guy in the M’s forum was more concerned with getting under your skin than making a baseball point.

  28. freedom_X says:

    As far as Jesse Williams at 5 tech, I presume that based on his description of being a sturdy run-stuffer and strong anchor who isn’t a disruptive, penetrating presence as a inside pass rush.

    In conventional terms, a 3-tech has more of those characteristics (quick, explosive, active inside pass rusher) vs. sturdy anchor against the run (which is typically what 5-techs are characterized as.)

    Of course, the Seattle system is not necessarily conventional and doesn’t do things the same way as “conventional” defenses. But Jesse Williams’ playing characteristics seem to match Red Bryant’s role fairly well.

    Of course, I always thought it a bit strange when they had Alan Branch playing 3-tech instead of Mebane. So that is a example of where Seattle is not traditional. When Branch signed with the Bills, they plugged him in at 5-tech.

  29. akmac61 says:

    A small reminder, high quality experienced players come at a high price. Not only that, typically most players are not Grade AAA first rounders. Coach has a history of putting young guys in a position to learn by playing, note Bowie and Bailey last season. No need to put players down when they haven’t even seen the field yet.
    Relax and enjoy the show.

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