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Tramon Williams showing flashes of Pro Bowl Form

September 5, 2012

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, left, breaks up a pass intended for Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green in the end zone during last Thursday’s preseason game in Cincinnati. / David Kohl/AP

At first glance, Casey Hayward doesn’t believe it.

This Tramon Williams, the same guy who’s been making one play after another throughout training camp, is coming off a season that even Williams himself describes as a “down year?”

Nonsense. As a casual observer, a rookie cornerback with no frame of reference, Hayward isn’t buying it.

The only Williams Hayward is used to seeing is the one whose play has been more indicative of his Pro Bowl season in 2010 than the bystander role he assumed a year ago on a Green Bay Packers defense that allowed an NFL-record number of passing yards.

To Hayward, Williams looks like the same shut-down cornerback he was before the physicality was removed from his game following a collision with safety Nick Collins during Week 1 of last season that resulted in nerve damage and a nagging shoulder injury for the rest of the season.

“I don’t know where he’s been, but right now he looks great,” said Hayward, a second-round pick in April’s NFL draft. “I haven’t seen many people catch balls on him in the game. He’s one of the most competitive guys on the team. If he gets caught on in practice, he goes after the person on the next play. I haven’t seen too many flaws in his game.”

Standing at the center of a small media huddle Tuesday, Williams cracked the slightest of grins when asked about the shoulder’s condition today.

The Packers’ locker room is the only place Williams thinks about it. On the field, where it counts, the Packers’ No. 1 cornerback is flying around again like the same carefree kid who was a long shot to make the roster in 2007.

At age 29, the sixth-year veteran feels he’s back to being a difference-maker for a defense that desperately needs an anchor after plummeting from fifth to 32nd in total defense a year ago.

“I’m not thinking about my shoulder,” Williams said. “I have a lot more strength in it than I had last year and just going out and playing. I don’t think about it, I don’t think about hitting anybody. I don’t think about none of that. I’m just going out and playing.” more via Weston Hodkiewicz | greenbaypressgazette.com>

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