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Continued: Rejuvenated Williams fills hole at Vikings' nose tackle

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 9, 2013 - 12:31 AM

Williams said the Vikings experimented with him at that position against Green Bay last season. And he gained a better appreciation for his former tag-team partner Pat Williams, who joined Kevin to form the Williams Wall during their years together in the middle of the Vikings defense.

“They come from all sides,” Kevin said. “I see why Big Pat kept getting those elbow braces. You move to the nose and it’s a little bit quicker. Your reaction has to be right.”

Frazier doesn’t doubt that Williams could excel at that position, but he said the ripple effect gives him pause. Specifically, Floyd would be required to play more snaps as the starting 3-technique.

“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Frazier said. “But you always want to do what you think is best for the team.”

‘A powerful man’

Williams, who is in the final year of his contract, raised the possibility that he might consider switching to nose tackle “in the future.” Williams has said on several occasions that he would like to play a few more seasons with the Vikings.

“I think I still have a few more games like that before it’s all said and done,” he said.

Williams remains one of the most respected players in the locker room, which was evident in the way numerous teammates gushed about his performance Thursday night.

“He’s a powerful man,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “It drives me crazy when people think he lost a step. What he does in the run game and the ability he still has to make game-changing plays just proves how good he really is. With his leadership and his accomplishments in the league, when he talks, you listen.”

Williams figures Pat Williams will inevitably call to evaluate him as a nose tackle.

“He’ll call and probably tell me how bad I did,” Kevin said.

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