Quinnen Williams made plenty of impressive plays against the Dolphins as he once again flashed his elite potential.
With four stuffs in the run game, a pass deflection, an open-field stop in the passing game, a key pressure in the red zone, and a few more quality rush snaps that were mitigated by circumstances beyond his control (usually quick passes due to bad coverage), Quinnen Williams had himself a day in Miami, recording his third high-quality performance in six games to begin the 2020 season.
Williams has clearly made some substantial progress off of his 2019 rookie season. His games against San Francisco, Denver, and Miami were each better than any individual performance he put forth as a rookie. The flashes of his elite potential are popping up far more frequently than they were in 2019.
Let’s take a look at Williams’ impressive game against the Dolphins.
Williams had four tackles against the run that held the runner to two yards or less and no first down, tied for the most among defensive tackles in Week 6.
As the 4i-technique on this play, Williams gets outside of the left tackle, stays low, and works his hands inside, driving the tackle deep into the backfield and creating an immediate angle to the running back on a handoff to the left side. Myles Gaskin attempts to cut outside, and Williams sheds to make the tackle for a two-yard loss.
Williams lines up in the B-gap on this play, directly between the left tackle and left guard. He engages the left tackle and creates penetration while also maintaining extension so he can read the runner and play either gap. Williams peers inside through the B-gap, prompting Gaskin to cut outside, and Williams mirrors him as he sheds the block and makes the stop for a one-yard gain.
This time lined up in the A-gap, Williams skips over to the opposite A-gap following the snap. He manages to get his hands into the upper body of the center and extend, positioning himself to easily disengage and play anything through that gap. Gaskin cuts into Williams’ gap and Williams is able to shake free and make the diving stop for a two-yard gain on 2nd & 3, combining with John Franklin-Myers.
As the 4i-technique, Williams anticipates the left tackle’s cut block and easily dodges it, leaping over him and pursuing the play from behind to hold Matt Breida to a two-yard gain.
Williams made some impact plays in the passing game, including a number of highly impressive pass-rush reps that flew under the radar.