Las Vegas’ offensive line had absolutely no answer for Quinnen Williams, who continues to establish himself as a top-5 interior defensive lineman.
Without much of a debate, the hottest defensive lineman in football right now is Quinnen Williams. He leads all interior defensive linemen in both pressures (20) and stops (12) over the past three weeks.
Williams posted six pressures and three stops against the Raiders, his third consecutive game with a combined total of at least nine plays made between those two categories. That’s an absurd feat. For comparison, Aaron Donald leads all IDL with an average of 7.8 pressures-plus-stops per game this season. So, in each of his past three games, Williams has essentially played above the typical Donald level.
This past Sunday, Las Vegas’ interior offensive line struggled mightily to contain Williams, who blew up a massive number of plays in both phases.
Williams has grown into a player who is a thrill to watch on film. He’s consistently making blockers look downright foolish, single-handedly winning plays for the defense through dominant one-on-one victories.
From the 3/4i-tech spot, Williams takes on the left guard. Williams gets his inside hand into the LG’s chest to create penetration. On the outside arm, Williams catches the LG’s hand to prevent contact. Williams rips through with his inside arm and detaches his outside hand from the LG’s grip, turning the corner to get an angle on Carr.
The LG is left tumbling into the turf. While Williams is unable to get a hit or sack as the right tackle is knocked into him from behind, Williams’ quick pressure forces Derek Carr to rush the ball out from a congested pocket, and he misses the throw.
Williams’ range is one of the unique abilities he brings to the table. Not many interior linemen can chase down plays from sideline-to-sideline as consistently as Williams does. From the 4i-tech on the back-side, situated directly in-between the hashes, Williams dodges the cut block and darts all the way to the sideline to deliver a crushing hit on Devontae Booker.
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