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Is Vince Williams Separating Himself at the “Buck” Spot?


The Pittsburgh Steelers were left in a sticky situation after Larry Foote was lost for the year on opening day.

With their veteran inside linebacker sidelined for the rest of the year, Kion Wilson and rookie Vince Williams were forced to pick up the slack at the “buck” spot in Pittsburgh’s defense.

Although Wilson has started the Steelers’ last two regular season games, the aggressive former Florida State Seminole appears primed to start for the Steelers on Sunday in London according to Jim Wexell of and Steelers Digest:



Wexell’s tweet is extremely interesting to say the least.  As most of you already know, Pittsburgh’s defenses under Dick LeBeau have been extremely “veteran-heavy” units over the last decade.  Unfortunately, large amounts of personnel changes and injuries have forced Jarvis Jones, Shamarko Thomas, and even Williams into the lineup for extended periods of time during Pittsburgh’s first three games.

Williams has registered 11 tackles through three games, and definitely looks more suited to stop the run than Wilson.  While Williams would likely be riding the pine behind Foote during his rookie campaign, it is still promising to see the rookie stepping up and taking first-team reps over Wilson with the veteran sidelined.

I will also add that the extra reps during regular season play should definitely serve to help the youngster adjust to the speed of the game and develop areas of his skill-set like defending the pass.

So with Wexell’s recent report in mind, I am extremely intrigued to see how the former sixth round pick can improve with an increased role during the next 13 games.




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  • Nick Kelly

    Right now, he isn’t quite where he needs to be, but all of these reps he is getting, are extremley valuable, and a year or two from now, the Steelers may have a monster in the middle. We may have the Steelers linebacking core for the next three years in Jones, Timmons, Woodley, and Williams. It is at least positive to see a guy getting all these reps because I believe Foote has played his last down as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

    • Hutch

      Nick, you are spot on. What if TP never got to start?

  • Hutch

    Start this young beast. Let him get the reps!!

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