NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sylvester Williams came to Music City as the team’s third most-prominent free agent, at least until receiver Eric Decker arrived on June 19th.

There was no doubt the Logan Ryan was a starting cornerback and Johnathan Cyprien would be the strong safety when they were signed. I figured the same thing for Williams, a nose tackle who was in line to replace Al Woods, who was cut six days before Williams signed.

But Mike Mularkey has gone out of his way to praise Antwaun Woods as a man on a mission who’s in a tough competition with

 

Williams. And this week the coach went even further, saying he wanted to get some snaps high in the rotation for undrafted rookie DeAngelo Brown.

Nose tackle’s not an every-down job for the Titans, who bring their off the field in their nickel package.

Finding snaps for all three can be tough, though Mularkey said reps with the top units in practice count too.

All of this left me wondering how Williams feels about things, and I caught up to him Monday.

“I think both of them are good players and they deserve all the recognition they get,” Williams said of Woods and Brown. “At the end of the day, it’s a competition, we’re all competing and we’ll see what happens.

“I’m a guy that missed the whole spring coming off of (an ankle) injury. I’ve got to go back out there and prove myself, that’s all it is.”

Williams said he’s confident things will pan out as he envisioned them when he signed.

His deal is for three years and included $7 million guaranteed when he signed it, including his signing bonus, a 2017 roster bonus and his 2017 base salary.

He could get beat out for the starting spot, but he’s going to be on the roster.

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