Left tackle Chris Williams to play with starting offensive line
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 16, 2012 5:08PM
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Updated: September 18, 2012 6:20AM
BOURBONNAIS — Left tackle Chris Williams figures to get more playing time with the starters Saturday against the Washington Redskins.
But the veteran isn’t changing his mind-set at all.
‘‘I’m the same guy,’’ Williams said. ‘‘I’m going to go out and play hard and let everything set itself up the way it’s going to.’’
Williams downplayed getting time with the starters as being a second chance, but he added, ‘‘It’s a chance for me to go out and win a starting job, which I’ve been trying to do all along.’’
He and J’Marcus Webb will have their hands full with Brian Orakpo, who has 28½ sacks the last three seasons.
Williams, though, doesn’t feel any added pressure.
‘‘We’ve all got something to prove,’’ he said. ‘‘I want to prove I can go out and block anyone and block people consistently. There’s nothing extra for me.”
Asked about the left-tackle position, Bears coach Lovie Smith said he wants to get all the positions solidified.
‘‘Not many of us performed the way we needed to last week,’’ Smith said, referring to the 31-3 loss to the Denver Broncos. ‘‘I assume we’re all going to do a good job this week, left tackle included.’’
Robert Griffin III, the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, will be featured for the Redskins on Saturday.
And based on his debut last week, the Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t look like he’s going to need much time to make the transition to the NFL.
‘‘I’ve been impressed with him for a long time,’’ Smith said. ‘‘His college coach is an old high school friend of mine, so I followed him and them quite a bit. He can do everything you want a quarterback to do. I think he had over a 145 quarterback rating in the 14 plays he played last week.’’
Rookie defensive end Shea McClellin said the key for the Bears’ defense will be to contain Griffin.
Added defensive end Corey Wootton: ‘‘You just have to follow your keys and play the angles on guys like that.’’
With Nick Roach playing in place of Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker, coaches and players are curious to see what veteran Geno Hayes will do filling in for Roach at strong-side linebacker.
‘‘Just like for all of our players, this is a big game for him this week,’’ Smith said.