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    Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

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    [size=18px]Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary[/size]

    BY SEAN JENSEN
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    Although he had a career-high 78 tackles in 16 starts, safety Tank Williams didn't feel like himself last year.

    "I wasn't 100 percent, but I knew the team (the Tennessee Titans) needed me out there," said Williams, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2004. "They needed a veteran presence. It was rough, but I knew it was something I needed to do."

    After two days of practice at the Vikings veterans minicamp, Williams said he feels more confident in the health of his knee, noting that he couldn't run this well at this point a year ago.

    Now, Williams is looking forward to replacing strong safety Corey Chavous and playing alongside Pro Bowl free safety Darren Sharper.

    "I feel we complement each other well, for the simple fact that he's a ball hawk, and that's something I want to do more of," Williams said. "I can do that. But I'm known for being a run-stuffer and a big hitter, so he can help me. I look forward to working together with him, as well as the great corners on the outside."

    Upon signing him late last month, Vikings coach Brad Childress mentioned the possibility of Williams lining up near the line of scrimmage, using his size (6 feet 3, 220 pounds). Williams welcomes such an opportunity, especially because he was used to that role at Stanford.

    "I can do that. I like the versatility," he said. "I might be a big safety. But I know I can run. People may think they have a mismatch, but in actuality, they don't."

    Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin said Williams appeared to be "cruising" Friday morning. But he said Williams has improved since then.

    "But you can tell he's a quick study because basically what he knows is what he's learned this weekend, and he's doing things in a sound nature on the field already," Tomlin said.

    Sharper said he is familiar with the former second round pick from his days with the Titans.

    "I know he's a physical safety, a big guy, and also a guy who has experience because he's been in the league for four years now," Sharper said. "He's a guy who has range."

    But Sharper said another player shouldn't be overlooked: Willie Offord.

    "You can't discount Willie Offord, either. He's going to be back and vying for that spot," Sharper said.

    Either way, Sharper said, the winner of the battle will bring something similar.

    "Whoever it is, those guys are both physical safeties, and that's what you need at that spot," Sharper said.

    Williams promised that is what fans will come to appreciate about him.

    "When they see me on the field, the fans are going to come to like the hits," Williams said. "If I see someone on the field, I'm definitely going to try to lay them out."

    Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

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    "Williams promised that is what fans will come to appreciate about him.

    "When they see me on the field, the fans are going to come to like the hits," Williams said. "If I see someone on the field, I'm definitely going to try to lay them out."


    Gotta love that. I'm getting all "Tanked" up. :grin:

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    I agree singers... That pumped me up the moment I read it... He is a hard hitting safety, and I can't wait to see him knock the sh!t out of his covers..

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    da boy can hit that is 4 sure

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    He's gon' jack sum bitchez up!

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    Here's to Tank putting the STRONG in Strong Safety!!

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    Tank>> Willie

    I hope so!

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    I REally hope Tank makes some serious hits this year. I am really looking forward to seeing what this guy can do.

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    What number does he wear? If it is 24 or 47 it will look really familliar!!!

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    Re: Tank Williams out to become hit in secondary

    "JASEMYSTER" wrote:
    What number does he wear? If it is 24 or 47 it will look really familliar!!!
    to who?

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