Daryl Williams is back, and that is great news
The Carolina Panthers offensive line is currently in rough shape…
With the sad news about left tackle Matt Kalil being out of commission of a bit, there was also some good news in regards to the offensive line. Carolina Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams practiced on Sunday and hopes to be ready for the opener against Dallas.
Williams spoke to the media on Sunday and he seemed to be very optimistic about the direction his health was headed in.
"“Just to be out there is a great feeling,” said Williams. “I would say I’m definitely ahead of schedule, but I’m still taking it day-by-day, just seeing how it is.”"
He also added that playing against the Cowboys may be a possibility.
"“If I’m ready (to play), yeah,” said Williams when asked if he would like to play against the Cowboys. “If it feels good, yeah.” – though he then stated that he and the team are both being cautious"
This would be huge news for the Carolina Panthers. As soon as he went down on the practice field at the end of July, many automatically feared the worst. The thinking was that he may come back at the end of the season, but it would be a long road to recovery. Judging by his remarks Sunday that does not appear to be the case. You would have to think he worked hard over the last couple of weeks in order to make himself even a possibility for the opener.
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Something else to keep in mind is that Williams may be due for a big payday in the near future. Not being able to play this season would undoubtedly put that in jeopardy. If heathy, it is in his best interest to get out there and play. Two All-Pro seasons in a row would certainly warrant a larger payday. He certainly deserves it.
Given the current state of the offensive line, Williams is certainly needed. However, I would not want him to rush back. You would hate to see an All-Pro left tackle out for the season due to an injury that could have been avoided. This could be where new acquisition Corey Robinson comes into play. In what was a great move for the Carolina Panthers, he could be used until Williams is fully healthy.
Either way, this is good news. With Williams back in the fold, the outlook for the offensive line just got a whole lot brighter. There is still work to be done at the position, but him suiting up for practice on Sunday is great news for a team that needs him. The offensive line may be in decent shape after all.