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Brandon Williams | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 340
College: Missouri Southern State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (94) / BAL
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Ravens DT Brandon Williams is active for Week 7 against the Vikings.
Williams is a difference-making run defender on the inside, so this is a blow to Vikings interior runner Latavius Murray's outlook. If the Vikings are smart, they will use Jerick McKinnon even more than usual this week, looking to attack the edges of Baltimore's defense as opposed to the interior. Oct 22 - 11:52 AM

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he "likes the chances" of DT Brandon Williams (foot) returning Sunday.

Williams practiced fully after missing the last month. He'll provide a needed boost for a run defense that's been getting shredded. The return of Williams is a downgrade for Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray.
Oct 20 - 1:23 PM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) is practicing in full for Week 7 against the Vikings.

It's a sign that Williams is ready to return after missing the last four games with a foot issue. Annually regarded as one of the league's top run-stoppers, Williams could spell trouble for Jerick McKinnon on Sunday.
Oct 19 - 4:29 PM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) returned to practice Wednesday.

This is huge news for the Ravens' run defense. Over the last four games without Williams, the Ravens have been shredded on the ground to the tune of 169.5 yards per game. In the two games Williams played, Baltimore allowed 85 yards per game rushing. Williams' return would be a downgrade to Jerick McKinnon's matchup in Week 7. It's a situation to monitor.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 18 - 12:15 PM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) has no timeline for a return.

The Ravens' run defense has gone in the tank with Williams out for most of the last three games, and they will not be a defense to fear for enemy running backs for as long as Williams is shelved. Marshawn Lynch draws them this week.
Oct 2 - 4:15 PM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Week 4.

This is a significant upgrade to Le'Veon Bell's matchup, as Williams is one of the NFL's premier run stuffers. Baltimore has yielded 4.86 yards per carry to enemy running backs with Williams on the shelf the past two weeks.
Sep 29 - 1:56 PM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (knee) remained "DNP" on Thursday.

There were reports Williams resumed practicing on Wednesday, but he ended up being an observer. That remained the case on Thursday. The Ravens' defense sprung concerning leaks in Williams' Week 3 absence. His loss would be a boost for a slumping Le'Veon Bell.
Sep 28 - 4:38 PM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) returned to practice Wednesday.

Baltimore's defense was absolutely eaten alive last week in London against the Jaguars without Williams. His return would be a blow to Le'Veon Bell's matchup. Baltimore remains Football Outsiders' No. 1 unit in DVOA.
Sep 27 - 1:46 PM

Ravens declared DT Brandon Williams (foot), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), TE Maxx Williams (ankle), OT Dieugot Joseph, OL Tony Bergstrom, DE Chris Wormley, and DE Bronson Kaufusi inactive for Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Both Brandon and Maxx Williams were out of practice all week, putting their status for a Week 4 date with the Steelers in question. Terrance West was questionable with a calf injury, but he is active.
Sep 24 - 8:06 AM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Jaguars.

He didn't make the trip to London. It's a big deal for Leonard Fournette's outlook; Williams has been one of the NFL's most dominant run defenders for an extended stretch. The Ravens will need Carl Davis to play more.
Sep 22 - 7:40 AM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams is sidelined with a foot injury.

Coach John Harbaugh said it's not a "long-term" injury, but the exact nature of it remains unknown. Williams is an elite run defender, and the Ravens have Leonard Fournette, Le'Veon Bell, and Marshawn Lynch next up on the schedule. DE Brent Urban and NT Michael Pierce will have to pick up the slack.
Sep 20 - 9:03 AM

Ravens restructured NT Brandon Williams' contract.

The team turned $2.725 million of his base salary into a bonus, which creates $2.18 million in cap space. Baltimore was up against the cap prior to this move, so this gives them some flexibility.
Sep 12 - 10:36 AM

Ravens NT Brandon Williams wants to improve his sack total.

Williams landed a five-year, $54-million contract in March, but the deal had almost nothing to do with his ability as a pass rusher. The tackle has just 4.5 sacks through four years and has never recorded more than two in a season. "I need to get my sacks up," Williams said. "I'm more just trying to work on my pass rush, trying to get out there and do the best I can." While his calling card will always be his work against the run, getting more pressure in the passing game will not hurt.
Source: ESPN
Jul 3 - 9:25 AM

Ravens re-signed NT Brandon Williams to a five-year, $54 million contract.

Williams gets $27.5 million guaranteed and is now the league's highest-paid nose tackle. The Titans were making a push on Thursday, while the Giants were also linked to the big run-plugger inside. But Baltimore was able to lure Williams back into the fold after it looked very likely earlier this offseason that he was going to leave as a free agent. It's a huge keep for the Ravens' top-end run defense. Williams had a bit of a down year in 2016, but he's still just 28 and in his prime.
Mar 9 - 8:43 PM

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports the Titans "may be" the Ravens' only competition for NT Brandon Williams.

The Ravens are reportedly making a strong push to re-sign Williams after losing RT Rick Wagner, but the Titans have considerably more cap space. Already loaded up front, Williams would be something of a luxury signing for the Titans, who need to find some help at cornerback above all else.
Source: ESPN
Mar 9 - 5:26 PM

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